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Polish and Royal Mute Swans

June 21st, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Mute Swans - Royal vs Polish - (Comments Off on Polish and Royal Mute Swans)
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

( Just Color Variants)

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The MUTE SWANS may be divided by Color Variation.
The Black-Legged Swans are ROYALS and come from Great Britain.
The Beige-Legged Swans are called POLISH Swans and they are from Eurasia.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Depending on the Parents Genetics.. you can have BOTH in the same Brood.

From Late April through June, Mute Swan Cygnets are Hatching all over the Place.. and I get Questions about the Different Colors of the Cygnets.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

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Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

This Topic Page will Basically be Images – Examples..
To Read more about the Royal and/or Polish.. there are Topic Pages about them.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Polish Mute Swans have Beige/Light Brown Legs and Feet,
their Beaks are more Orange then Red.

Polish Mute Cygnets are Light Cream to White with Pink/Beige Feet.
Polish Mute Cygnets/Swans will have the Pale Foot Color for life.
The Polish Males Feet are more Brown then Black.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Cygnets below are from a Mixed Mute Pair.. Above is their Polish Dam.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Below is the Cygnets’ Royal Sire.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Royal Mute Swans have very Black Feet and almost Red Beaks.

Royal Mute Cygnets are a Smoky Blue-Gray-Brown Color
their Beaks are Black and their Legs and Feet are VERY Dark to Black..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

These 5 Cygnets are 5 Days Old. We Stopped to Help Pinion them.. Success.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

MUTE Swans Mixed Cygnets Following their DAM – Very Cute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coTkuD91h9Q

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When Polish Cygnets are Raised Out on the Water with their Parents they are the most Vulnerable to Predation.. They are EASY to See.
– The Preying of One Animal on others.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

A Red-tailed Hawk was Observed Carrying One Polish Cygnet Away.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Within a Few Days the Other Polish Cygnet was Gone.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Hawks and Owls are Feeding their Young at the Same Time of Year…
that Mute Swan Cygnets Hatch..
Swans are almost Helpless to Protect their Tiny Cygnets.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Two Days after this Visit we got a Call asking us to Come and
Remove the Two Remaining Royal Cygnets…. to Save them..
They were 18 Days Old.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

There seem to be a Fair Number of Polish Swans in Central PA..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Cygnets below were Unrelated Rescues.. One Female – One Male.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

They were able to Grow Together.. We Planned for them to be a Pair.
Sadly, the Polish Female developed a Heart Infection.. and Died.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

These are Other Unrelated Polish and Royal Mute Swan Cygnets..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I Personally like to have One of Each.. It is So Difficult to Tell many Swans
apart.. Their Knobs change Size during the Years..
Many Times Owners are not sure Which Swan is the Male or their Female.
Especially, when they are Alone.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swans

Having One Polish and One Royal.. makes this Easier.. You can SEE the Color of their Legs… just above the Water..

Then there are Same Sex Pairings.. These Swans REALLY Look Alike..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When we would Stop to Visit the Young Royal Male NestMates above…
I could not tell them Apart.
Their Family could not Either.. Just Calling them “The Boys.”

Driving Home after a Visit.. I kept thinking… they are Like Identical Twins.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I Started to Refer to them as “Castor” and “Pollux.” The Gemini Twins.

When there are Royal and Polish Male NestMates from the Same Brood..
it is Nice to keep them Together.
For People who want a Same Sex Male Pair.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When I Pinioned these Rescued Cygnets..
I Sent their Removed Wing Tips for the DNA-Sex Determination.
Each Cygnet was Color Banded to Identify them..
Leg Bands were Changed as they Grew.
Make SURE Leg Bands do NOT get TIGHT !

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Around 12 Weeks (80 – 86 Days) we can Send Feathers for the DNA-Sex Determination.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

DNA Results are Back.. We can Start to Arrange for their Forever Homes.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

During the First Winter the Royal Cygnet will become more and more White.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

These Young Males were doing Well Together.. They Could have Lived together for Many Years.. Sadly, Fishing Injuries Ended this Pairing.

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Having Two Female… Do NOT Need to be NestMates.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Both the Royal and Polish Juvenile Females are White by 14-16 Months Old.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Females below.. I can Tell them Apart by their Pinioned Wings.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Main Concern when you have Two Females a Companions..
They can not Protect themselves during Nesting. They are VULNERABLE.
You Need to Think of Ways to Improve their Safety from Predators..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

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HUM-M-m-m… The More Time I got to Spend with Swans..
I did Notice there are not Just Two Color Variants.. but a Third.. a Blend.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

There is a Royal – a Polish – and a Cappuccino Colored Cygnet.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

From Reading – No Special Designation is Made for the Cappuccino Cygnets.
They are Classified as Royal – Their Plumage will be Similar to the Royals.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Our Little “Summer” has a DARK Beak and Pale Grey Legs..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

“Meadow’s” Legs and Feet Stayed Light Grey.. Did Not Becoming Dark..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I think ALL Swans are Wonderful.. – Including Hormonal Cobs.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

They all have Different Personalities and Bring Much Joy to those who
Love and Care for them.

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These are Swan and Cygnet Images Snapped over the Many Years we have been Enjoying Swans.
Collected by Linda M. Sweger & Robert B. Job June 2020
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Below are More Photo Images of Royal and Polish Cygnets. They were Fun.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

They have All Become Graceful Swans.

The Australian Black Swans

June 10th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Black Australian Swans - (Comments Off on The Australian Black Swans)
Black Australian Swans

COMMON NAME: Black Swan
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae
SUBFAMILY: Anserini

Black Australian Swans

GENUS SPECIES: Cygnus (swan) atratus (clothed in black)
”Atratus” translates into “Dressed in Black.”

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

My / Our Experience with the Black Australian Swans has been Limited..
We have Visited various Pair.. Enjoyed Observing them.

Black Australian Swans

And we Tried to Rehabilitate Several.. without much Success.
We did what we could to give them a Chance to Heal and Improve.

Black Australian Swans

I have not Checked Various States if there are Any Prohibitions
for having Black Australian Swans as Captive Pets.

Black Australian Swans

In Pennsylvania there are NO Restrictions to Own or Breed them..

Black Australian Swans

I am not Aware of Any States Restricting Ownership.
If there is a Concern.. Check with your States Department of Agriculture.
And, Or your State’s WildLife Services.. WaterFowl Specialists.

Black Australian Swans

I am Going to Share some Basic Information..
Not much about the Wild – Free Black Australian Swans.

Black Australian Swans

This Species of Swan has Dark-Black Plumage with White Feathers
in their Wings easily seen during Flight.

Black Australian Swans

Their Wing Span Averages One and a Half to Two Meters.
( Estimate – Five to Six Feet)

Black Australian Swans

The Cobs have a more Pronounce Ruffling of their Back to Tail Feathers..

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

Female Black Swans tend to hold their Necks in a Slight Curve.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan

And the Mature Cobs tend to have the Longest Necks among the Swan Species.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan
Black Australian Swans

The Elongated Neck enables the Black Swans to reach Deep into
the Water to Feed on Algae and other Aquatic Vegetation.

Black Australian Swans

Their Beak is more Red with a White Band near the Tip.

Black Australian Swans

And the Iris of their Eyes is a Bright Red.

Black Australian Swans

I Realized that I could Suspect Anemia by the Color of their Iris.
Anemia may be Caused by External or Internal Parasites.
Blood Loss after an Injury.. Chronic Infection or a Poor Diet..

Black Australian Swans

Their Legs and Webbed Feet are Dark Grey-Black.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan
Black Australian Swans

Males – Cobs Average 18 – 20 Pounds
Females – Pens Average 10 – 14 Pounds

Black Australian Swans

Life Span.. from Reading.. With Good Luck and Health.
40 Years is Possible. I have No Experience with this.
10 Years seems more Realistic.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan Canada Geese

Migrating Canada Geese Line the Rim of this Public Lake..

Black Australian Swan Canada Geese

I have Never heard any Owner of Black Swans say they are Good for Controlling the Canada Geese that are a Problem on many Ponds.

Black Australian Swan Canada Geese
Black Australian Swans

Black Swan Vocal Sounds Musical “Tweets and Hoots”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkaCUUsSDYs

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan is the most Social and least Territorial of all Swans.
There are Exceptions.. All Swans have their Own Personality.

Black Australian Swans

NATURAL DIET: Herbivores, Eating mainly Aquatic Vegetation
In Captivity as Pets.. the General Swan Feed Mixtures is Good.
They will Live on Ponds and Lakes with Natural Vegetation.

Black Australian Swans

In the Colder Regions.. Pennsylvania Included.. The Black Australian
Swans may need Sheltering during the Colder Nights. They are
Smaller and more Willing to be inside out of the Direct Cold.

Black Australian Swans

If your Swans, any Swans are Sheltering,
be SURE to Secure the Door or Opening at Night..
Inside a Structure they are Trapped. Vulnerable.

Black Australian Swans

Healthy Adults are OK out on Open Water during the Day…
Happier Inside on Icy Cold Nights.

Black Australian Swans

Cygnets that Hatch in the Fall will need Shelter at Night through
most Cold Winter Months.
Remember to RAISE the Heat Lamps as they Grow.

Black Australian Swans

Heat Lamps make me NERVOUS !! Use with Great Care…
Chances are you will not have Fire Detection in your Out Buildings.Shelter Swans

452 Best Heat Lamp Fire Images in 2019 / Inside Chicken Coops
https://www.pinterest.com/TheChicknChick/heat-lamp-fires/

Basic 80 to 100 Watt Light Bulbs will help to Warm the Still Air in a Building.

Black Australian Swans

Like other Swan Species..
Sexual Maturity is at 2 – 3 Years Old.

Black Australian Swans

BLACK SWANS MATING DANCE ” Joyful Bath”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZu6PAfoG4

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan Above are on an Island in the Middle of their Pond.

Black Swans Build their Nests on Islands or in Dense Vegetation near Water.

Black Australian Swans

Black Australian Swans Nest Twice a Year.
Both Cob and Pen will Gather Twiggy Materials for their Nest.

Black Australian Swans

Nestings occurs in February and again in September.
Once in Early Spring. And a Second Brood.. in the Fall.

Black Australian Swans

Black Australian Swans are Comfortable Nesting Inside a Shelter.

Black Australian Swans

Important to Secure any Opening at Night.. Keep Predators OUT !!

Healthy Females Lay 4 – 6 Pale Greenish Eggs for each Clutch.

Black Australian Swans

Both the Male and Female share in Incubation “Sitting” on the Eggs.

Black Australian Swans

The Black Cob spend much more time on the Nest then the Mute Swan Cobs.

Black Australian Swans

Once Incubation Begins.. Expect Cygnets in 35-36 Days.

Black Australian Swans

Remove Unfertile Eggs after 42 Days. Discard..

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan

Hatching an Average of 3 – 6 Cygnet each Nesting..

Black Australian Swans

Shortly after Hatching, the Cygnets can Swim and Feed themselves.
Their first Food is the same as other Cygnet Species.

Feeding Swan Cygnets
https://swanlovers.net/category/feeding-swan-cygnets/

In the Wild they would EAT LOT of Water Insects and Small invertebrates.
Feeding mostly from the Water’s Surface.

Black Australian Swans

The Cygnet above is NOT WaterProof… he is WET !!!

When Cygnets are NOT Raised on a Pond.. They need Pool Time to Encourage Preening.. to Aid and Improve their WaterProofing..

Black Australian Swans

Black Swans will Play in any Puddle of Water.
They will do OK on a Slightly Small Pond then the Larger Mutes and Trumpeter Swans.

Black Australian Swans

I have not had an Opportunity to Observe Black Australian Cygnets
Raised on the Pond with their Parents.. Only Hand Raised Cygnets.

Black Australian Swans

The Cygnets are Too Easily taken by Predators.
The Spring Brood Hatch during Chilly-Chilly March Weather.

Black Australian Swans

And the Fall Brood are not Developed enough to be Outside in our Cold Winter Months.

Black Australian Swans

They need to be Sheltered. Hard to do with the Parent.. who will do better out on the Pond in Cool Moderate Weather.

Black Australian Swans

If they were able to Live with their Parents, they will Ride on their Parent’s Back for Longer Trips around their Waterways.

Black Australian Swans
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Black Australian Swans

The Cygnets have Gray Down for Three to Four weeks.

Black Australian Swans

Then the Beautiful Smoky Black-White Tips Feathers Emerge.

Black Australian Swans

Their First True Feathers are Dark Smoky Brown not as Black
as the Mature Adults.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

The Male Cygnet above is about 3 Months Old. Growing Nicely.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

The Beaks of Black Cygnets seem to go through some Color
Variations as they Mature to the Bright Red and White.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

The Cygnets need to be Ready for Life on their Own by 14-16 Weeks..
Rehoming-Adoption at 5 to 6 Months is Workable..

Black Australian Swans

Since there are Fewer Black Swans being Raised..
It is a Challenge to Arrange Young Unrelated Pairs.

It is a Good Idea to seek others who have and
Raise Black Australian Swans.. then Network with them..

Black Australian Swans

It is Common for Pairs to be from the Same Brood..
Not a Healthy Practice. Genetic Diversity Produces Healthier Swans.

Black Australian Swans

When the Adults are Ready to Start another Nesting..
I have no Experience if Two Different Broods will be OK staying
with the Parent.

Black Australian Swans

From Reading, it is often Stated that Cygnets will Remain with
their Parents for Nine Month before they Fledge and become Independent.. Suggesting Two Broods are in the Parents’ Care at the Same Time.

Black Australian Swans

Most Folks who have Captive Pet Black Swans,
Arrange for New Homes for each Brood of Cygnets..

Black Australian Swans

It would be Reasonable to Spoil some Clutches of Eggs..
to Limit the Number of Cygnets. There are Options..

Black Australian Swans

When Black Swans are Allowed to Pair at Will..
There are Frequently Two Females and One Male.

Black Australian Swans

They seem to enjoy being a Threesome.

Black Australian Swans

How & Who will Breed.. ??
I do not have that Experience..

Black Australian Swans

It Suggests.. One Female is a Spare.?? A “Nanny.”
If something Happens to the Nesting Female,
the other Female will take over the Nest.

Black Australian Swans

?? Both Females share Caring for the Cygnets.
One being the “Nanny.”

Black Australian Swans

I can not find anything in Reading about this..
so, this might have been my Observation Experience.

Black Australian Swans

After their Breeding Season the Adults Moult and are unable to Fly
for about a Month. The Females Moult First, several Weeks later the Males start their Moult.

Black Australian Swans

I do not know if they Moult Twice a Year..
Or just after One of their Two Nestings… ??? Spring

Black Australian Swans

The Right Wing of the Right Black Swan is Pinioned.. Most White Flight Feathers are Missing.

Black Australian Swans

To Care for Captive Pet Black Swans Pinioning is Suggested.
If they are able to Fly.. they may simply Fly Away.

Black Australian Swan
Black Australian Swan

They have Little Chance of Surviving a Feral Life in Pennsylvania..

Black Australian Swans

The Black Australian Swans will Live and Build their Nests in a Colony
if their Water Environment will Support their Numbers..

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

If their Water Environment is not Flushing with Clean Water and you see
Fecal Material Floating on the Surface, this is not a Healthy Place.
Too many Waterfowl… will FOUL a Smaller Pond.

Black Australian Swans

Males do most of the Defending and Chasing off of “Enemies.”

Black Australian Swans

Territorial Disputes seem Less Severe.. Not sure how to word this..
There is more Posturing between Rival Males then “Out and Out” Battling..

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan Cobs average Weight is 18 to 20 Pounds..
Mute Swan Cobs can be 28 to 30 Plus Pounds..

Black Australian Swans

BUT, we have Witnessed and there are Internet YouTube Video Clips..
of the Black Cobs being more Fierce and Aggressive toward the Larger Mutes.

Black Australian Swans

There is a “Pecking Order” on most Bodies of Water among the Waterfowl..
Black Australian Males like to the at the Top of Order..
They can be Surprisingly Aggressive. – The Pond Bully.

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan NestMate Males will also become Compatible Pairs.
If you Prefer NOT to deal with Nesting Twice a Year,
Two NestMate Males Might be worth Considering.

Black Australian Swans

We / I have had Fun visiting with Black Australian Swans..

Black Australian Swans

We have tried to Rehabbed / Cared for Several.. My Experience is Limited.

Black Australian Swans

I Hope I have not Misrepresented their General Behavior.

As I Read various OnLine Articles, I can see that each Swan Owner
has their own Experiences and Observations.

Black Australian Swans

General Fact Articles about the Black Australian Swans,
seem to be largely “Cut and Paste” Information.

Black Australian Swans

The BeautyofBirds.com has a Nice Fact Article..

Black Australian Swan
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Just a Little “Cut and Paste” History BackGround..

Before European Explorers had reached Australia,
it was believed that all Swans were White.

Black Australian Swans

Dutch Mariner, Antounie Caen, was the first to be Amazed at the Sight
of Australia’s Black Swans on the Shark Bay in 1636.

Black Australian Swans

Explorer Willem de Vlamingh Captured two Black Swans from Australia’s Swan River and Brought them back to Europe to prove their Existence.

Black Australian Swans

During the Nineteenth Century, the original Western Australian Colony was called “the Swan River Settlement.”

Black Australian Swans

In 1973, the Black Swan was Officially Proclaimed as the “Bird Emblem” of the Government of Western Australia and now appears on their State Flag.

Black Australian Swans

Black Swans are still found Living Wild and Free in various Wetland Habitats in Australia and Tasmania.
There are some Black Swans Living Free in the Regions of Sweden.

Black Australian Swans

Within Australia they are Nomadic, with Erratic Migration Patterns dependent upon Climatic Conditions.
Like other Swans they need Open Water during the Colder Months.

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swans were Hunted to Extinction in New Zealand, but later Reintroduced.

Black Australian Swans

In Victoria (Australia) and Tasmania they have caused enough Crop Damage that the Government has established a short Hunting Seasons to Control their Numbers.

Black Australian Swans

In the United States, there is No Mention of Feral Black Swans.
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The Australian Black Swan have a Rare Color Variation.
It is known as Silver or Merle Swan.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

Knox Swan and Dog has a Breeding Program in place to try
and get a Pure Strain of Silver Swans.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

The Plan is to get enough Swans with the Silver Gene to match up
in Breeding Pairs to produce the Silver Swans.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

If you know anyone who has an Australian Swan with this
Rare Color Various Bob Knox would like to you to Contact him..

Silver Merle Australian Swans

The Few Images included are All from the Internet..

Knox Swan & Dog LLC (847) 304-1230
www.canadiangoosecontrol.com
75 Saddle Tree Lane, North Barrington, IL 60010

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The General Information is a Blend of my Experiences and Reading.
Compiled by Linda M. Sweger – June 2020
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Black Australian Swans

I Love this Image.. I Wish I could Identify the Photographer.. Lovely.

FISHING and SWANs.. NOT a GOOD MIX

June 4th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in FISHING is RISKY Business - (Comments Off on FISHING and SWANs.. NOT a GOOD MIX)

I Understand that Fishing is an Activity Enjoyed by Many.

SWAN FISHING

I am not going to Bash or Complain about the Sport of Fishing..
It seems to be a Popular way to Spend Time Outside.

SWAN FISHING

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FISHING: If you Allow Anyone to Fish on Your Pond..
Ask them to be EXTREMELY Careful with Fishing Line, Sinkers and Hooks..

SWAN FISHING

It is Safest for your Captive Pet Swans if NO Fishing is Allowed..

SWAN FISHING

I am Always Happy to see Ponds Designated “NO FISHING.”

SWAN FISHING

The BRIGHT Red Bobber… Someone was Fishing.. on a NO Fishing Pond.

SWAN FISHING

The Pond or Lake Your Swans Live on.. is their Home.

SWAN FISHING

What is Difficult to Accept is the Careless Disregard for the Environment by Some
– Not All – People who Fish..

SWAN FISHING

Loving the OutDoors.. Why do they Trash it.

SWAN FISHING

Mute Swans get Blamed for All Kind of Negative Impacts on
the WaterWays they Live on.. But, this is Not Swan Waste..

SWAN FISHING
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SWAN FISHING

THIS is People TRASH ! !

SWAN FISHING

I Want to Share with Folks interested in Having Swans what Can Happen
if Fishing Hooks, Lines and Sinkers are Left in the Water where your
Captive Pet Swans and other Water Birds Live.

SWAN FISHING

Your Domestic Ducks and Geese will Also Suffer Injuries that Mangle them.

SWAN FISHING

This Female Mallard became Entangled in a SIX-Pronged Barbed Hook.
She was First Hooked in the Webbing of her Foot.
Trying to Free Herself with her Beak, her Tongue became Impaled.
She was Lucky, Found, Helped and Released.

SWAN FISHING

Discarded Fishing Line Around the Leg of this Goose was Cutting in so Deeply, Saving the Leg was Questionable.

SWAN FISHING

WHAT YOU CAN NOT SEE ! !
An X-RAY of a Duck that Swallowed a Fishing Hook.
This would Required Risky Surgery to Remove. Outcome Unknown.

SWAN FISHING

If an Unfortunate Swan/Cygnet Swallows a Fishing Hook
OR any Bird or Waterfowl…The SOONER it is Removed the Better the chance that no Long Term Harm or Death will occur.

SWAN FISHING

One of these Young Cygnets Swallows a Length of Fishing Line..
The Owners CUT the Line at his Beak and Released him.
NO Plan to Find Out if there was a Hook or to Help him..
“He is a Wild Creature. God will take Care of him..”

My Heart SANK, when I learned they turned the Cygnet out to their Pond.

DO NOT CUT FISHING LINE SHORT – there MIGHT be a HOOK…
This will Aid finding the Hook.. Leave several Inches Visible.

VERY GENTLY – Touch the Neck all around to feel for
any Lump that might be the location of a Hook.

The Bird or Animal will BEST be helped by a Veterinarian.

SWAN FISHING

We Arranged with the County Cruelty Officer for this Cygnet to be Removed from the Farm.
He was Taken to a Veterinarian for Help.
His Weight was 40 % below what he should have Weighed.

There is NO WAY: WITHOUT an X-RAY
No way to know how Large the Hook is..
No way to know how the Hook is Oriented..
No way to know how Far Down the Hook has Gone..
NO WAY to know how many Barbs the Hook has..

Fishing Hooks will Dissolve/Rust over time..
Depending on the Size, this can take Weeks to Months..
Dissolving Metals will S-L-O-W-L-Y be Absorbed.. Heavy Metal Poisoning.

In the MEANTIME:
As the Swan/Cygnet moves about the Hook Barbs may change its
Position and Location. Swans Twist their Necks to Drink, Eat and
Preen.. It will likely cause PAIN as it Stabs into Tender Tissues.

Throat Tissues may become Swollen, Sore and Ulcerate.
High incidents of Infection.. Bacteria – Fungus.. Necrosis.

A Swallowed Fishing Hook may cause Chronic to Severe Bleeding..
Especially, if it Punctures a Carotid Artery or Jugular Vein.
Massive Bleeding, Loss of Blood to their Brain.
Obstructive Blood Clots. Many Fatal Potentials.

Plant Material, which Swans Try to Eat, may be Caught and Choke the
Cygnet/Swan. Prevent Eating – High Risk of Starving.

Hook Barbs may migrate to Trachea – cause Airway Obstruction,
Bleeding into Lungs. Painful Fatal Outcome.

Hook Barbs may migrate to Neck Vertebrae.
Damage Nerves-Impair Function. Imagine the PAIN.

By the time the Swan/Cygnet is in Distress from a FISHING HOOK,
it will be more difficult to Save them. The Longer the FISHING HOOK is in the Throat the more Treatment will likely be needed. Poor Prognosis.

SWAN FISHING

This Young Cygnet was Lucky. He was Rescued and taken for Help.
He did not have a Fishing Hook in his Esophagus.. BUT, he did have a
Wad of Balled-up Fishing Line in his Gizzard. The Line was Abrading the Lining of his Gizzard, causing Bleeding. The Fishing Line was Removed, Treated with Antibiotics, Time to Recover and Gain Weight..
Adopted to New Home.

SWAN FISHING

A FISHING Hook is Literally a TIME BOMB waiting to Kill any Bird
or Animal that Swallows one.

Use GREAT CARE when Capturing a Swan/Cygnet that may have ingested a Fishing Hook.
Do your BEST not to handle the Neck. Keep Stress as LOW as Possible.

If you SEE Fishing Line Hanging from a Swan’s Mouth…
DO NOT CUT the Line. – Leave several Inches Visible.
Find a Way to KEEP it from being SWALLOWED Further.
Your VET will have a BETTER Chance of Removing the HOOK.

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The Young Swan Cygnet Below was Rescued – Not Saved.. Died.

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Carelessly Discarded Fishing Line, Hooks and Lead Sinkers
have been Responsible for “Way Too Many” Waterfowl Deaths..

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Painful Tissue Injuries might be Treated after Days of Bleeding
when Infections have started..

What you are Seeing is a Result of FISHING.. and NOT being Responsible for Fishing Line.. and HOOKs !

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The Pain and Stress the Swans Endure May Contribute to a Poor Outcome..

At a Pond that was to be Designated “No Fishing” – Public Fishing Continued.

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The Young Swans on this Pond were Hooked and Injured Several Times.

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We Arrange for a Rescue to Occur on a Wednesday..
A Veterinarian Appointment was Made for that Evening.

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The Owner Arranged for Someone to Shoot the Juvenile Swan on Tuesday.
They were Tired of all the Expensive Veterinary Bills..

The Young Swan was a Victim Twice.. through NO Fault of his. So Sad.

They did Allow the Rescuers to Collect his Brother. We found a New Home.

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The Line was Caught on Rocks.. Luckily the Swan Pulled Free..
We Could Not get Hold of her.. The Hook Eventually Rusted Off.

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The Saga of a Rescued Swan.. Who Knows how Long she was Hooked.

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This Swan’s Leg was Not Ok.. She Struggled to Walk.. Victim of a Hook.

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SINKERs:
Lead Poisoning is a BIG Problem for Wild and Domestic Waterfowl.
Swallowed Lead will Slowly Cause Toxic Heavy Metal Poisoning.
Difficult and Time Consuming to Treat.

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Over the Years, we have Talked with Pond Families and Helped Rescue
Way TOO Many Swans and Cygnets Entangled-Snagged
by Fishing Hooks, Lines.. So Far No Sinkers or Shot Gun Lead.

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Distressed Swan Rescued after having Tongue Impaled by Discarded Fishing Hook.

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Some Hooks will Come OUT Easily..
Some Hooks Embed Deeply.. Cause Bleeding and Pain.

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These are the Painful Punctures Suffered by a Swan in the U.K.
after Swallowing Fishing Line attached to TWO Hooks.

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Fishing Line Tangles Wings, Legs, Necks..
Tissue Damage and Permanent Injuries are Common.

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Their Four Month Old Cygnet Tangled, Struggling Likely Broke her Wing.
She Died during the Night, before she could get to the Vet’s Office.

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There are many Sad Stories I could share..
“PiP” is Another One. -He was between 4 – 5 Months when Rescued.
A Caring Team of People spent Months Helping him Recover. Thanks to All.

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He was Lucky to Survive his Encounter with Fishing Line.

Any Waterfowl, Birds… and other Animals can become Tangled in Fishing Line left in their Living Environment.. Fishing Line is Strong and does not breakdown..

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He was Found with his Foot Tangled with Fishing Line.
His Struggling to Free himself caused Mutilation of his Left Foot’s Webbed Tissues.

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When Rescued, the Damaged Tissues were Surgically Removed.
All the Network of Blood Vessels between his Toe Digits were Damaged.

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It was Over a Year before he was Ready for Adoption to a New Home.

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The Primary use of Webbed Feet is for Paddling through Water.

Webbed Feet have more Surface Area to Push Water Backwards
and thus Propelling the Waterfowl Forward.

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The Large Network of Blood Vessels in the Webbing is Important
to Aid Waterfowl Regulate their Body Temperature.

This Nasty Damage will Affect his Life.. He will Need to Adapt.
His Foot will Sink into Soft Muddy, be more Easily Cut.


Entangled Waterfowl Can NOT Fly, Swim, Forage for Food or Protect Themselves from Predators.
Tightening Constriction around the Body can cause Suffocation.

If Fishing Line gets Wrapped and Tight enough it can AMPUTATE Legs, Wings,,,,etc. The Poor Helpless Tangled Animals can easily Starve if it does not get help.. While causing Gangrene as a Body Part Slowly Dies.

Another Young Swan’s Life has been Changed.. Forever.

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Once Tangled in Fishing Line, the Line Tightens to the Point it Cuts
through the Skin and into the Bone.

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Infections incur, Circulation is Cut Off Resulting in Amputation.

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A Little Local was Given to Finish the Amputation..

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This is Where the Leg was Damaged – No Hope to Repair.

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She will Not be able to Walk..
Swans are Too Large to Hop on One Leg.

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It is Hard to think about this Live Bird Suffering Endless Hours for over
2 – 3 Weeks – Alone in Pain and Scared. – I do not have Words..

Countless Birds Suffer an Agonizing Death.

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Birds/Swans often Pick-up Fishing Line to put in their Nest.
This may have a Fatal Outcome for the Cygnets.

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The Trumpeter Swan Parents Could Do Nothing to Help their Cygnet.

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WaterFowl Do NOT have TEETH..

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They Ingest their Food in Bites that can be Swallowed.
Swans are Vegetarians and Eat a Diet with Lots of Tough Fiber.

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These Foods Need to be Ground into Smaller Bits that will
Pass into their Digestive System.

Most Waterfowl Swallow Small Bits of Gravel that Act as “Teeth”
in the Gizzard, Breaking Down the Tough Plant Fibers thus Helping Digestion.

Ingested Fishing Line can cause Intestinal Blockage and Bleeding.
Balled-up Wads of Line will Churn in the Gizzard Muscle..
Pain and Bleeding..Slow Starvation..

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Not Being a Person who Goes Fishing..
I am Using Wikipedia for the Following Information..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing_sinker

A Fishing Sinker or Knoch is a Weight used in Conjunction with a
Fishing Lure or Hook to increase its Rate of Sink, Anchoring Ability,
and/or Casting Distance.

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A Lead Fishing Sinker is a Weight used to Sink a Lure or Bait to the Bottom of the Waterway.

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Sinkers are Formed into many Shapes for Diverse Fishing Applications.
Depending on the Metals.. Swallowed Sinkers will Poison Waterfowl.

Most Fishing Sinkers are made of Solid Lead.
Lead are Inexpensive to Produce and Mold into a Large Variety of Shapes for Specific Fishing Applications.

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Fishing Sinkers may be as Small as 1 Gram for Applications in Shallow Water, and even Smaller for Fly Fishing Applications, or as Large as Several Pounds or Considerably more for Deep Sea Fishing.

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There are many Environmental Concerns Surrounding the use of Lead
and other Materials in Fishing Sinkers.
Lead in Fishing Sinkers causes Lead Poisoning in WildLife.

Anglers should be Careful when using Lead Sinkers and if at all
Possible Never Leave Lead Sinkers in the Environment they are Enjoying.

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Any Lead Fishing Items Swallowed by Waterfowl will
Slowly Poison the Birds.. There are MANY Articles onLine..

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Treating and Saving a Swan Suffering from Lead Poisoning
is a Long Process.. if Successful.

When I see Fishing on a Pond or Lake where Swans are Living..
I feel myself Tense – Cringe .. Immediate Worry.. Too Many Sad Stories.

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A Clean, Litter Free Environment Benefits All.

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WildLife would be Happy to See these Signs..

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We can Share the Great OutDoors.

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Fishing, Boating, Enjoying Wildlife Safely.

Did you know you can Recycle your Used Fishing Line?

The Fishing Line Recycling Unit above was Installed by an Eagle Scout
as a Community Service Project for a Large Lake Community.
GREAT IDEA.

We hope more Fishing Folks will Use this Type of Recycling.

Do a Search for: Fishing Line Recycling Program

Fishing Line will be Sent Back to be Recycled into Fish Habitats.

There are Products to Help Fisher Folks Recover Line.. and Hooks.

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I Learned that there are Effort to Provide Ways to ReClaim and Dispose of
Hooks, Lines and Fishing Stuff… Please Help Reduce the Suffering.

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It is Just a Matter of Time.