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Trust – Regaining Trust

January 19th, 2015 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Trust - Regaining Trust - (Comments Off on Trust – Regaining Trust)

It Can Take Time to Develop Trust with your Swans.
We Know the Swans in these Images Very Well.
We Feel Safe Getting Close to Them.


Trust – Regaining Trust

Swan Trust

The Lower you Sit, the Closer they will Come. 

Swan Trust

Getting to Hand Feed is a Fun Interaction.

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Same Swan while Trusted Friend Stands.

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Swans are Weary of Things Taller or Over Head.

Swan Trust

Do this Carefully.
 Be Sure the Swans are NOT being Aggressive.

Swan Trust


Hand Feeding Swan

Their Behavior will Vary throughout the Year.. 


At First DO NOT Make Eye Contact.

Eye Contact May Feel Threatening to a New Swan.

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TRUST Starts to Develop
When the Swan Makes Eye Contact.

Swan Trust Eye Contact

Then Sitting Quiet and Still.  Offer a Favorite Treat.

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Trust Hand Feeding Swan

Swans Learn Who They Can Trust. 

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Mute Swan Trust                 Sit Quietly – if She Feel Safe She will Come Closer..
Mute Swan Trust

No Matter How Hard we Tried
We Could NOT Get Close to the Swans.

Swans Avoiding People

Swans Look Forward to Favorite Treats

Hand Feeding Swan Trust
Some Visits are Weeks Apart..  They Remember.

Swans Trust the People who Regularly Feed them.

Swan Trust

TRUST is Helpful when Swans are Nesting. 
There are Times who you will want to Check their Eggs.
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She Knows Us Very Well…
But, a Nesting Female will Still be a Bit Nervous.
Move Slowly – Speak to her Calmly..

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This is TRUST..  SO Cute ! ! 

Sleepy Swan Trust

Swans Usually Sleep VERY Lightly.. 

A Man and His Swan Enjoying a Walk-Swimming Together.

Swan Trust

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Catching Your Swan.  They DO NOT Like to be Catch. 

Catching a Swan

They will Likely Stay Away for a While.

Swan Trust Broken

We had to Rescue an Injured Cygnet.
For Weeks the Parent Swans Avoided Us.

Swan Trust

Every Time We Went to See His Veterinarian,
We Lost Some Trust with this Cygnet.  

Transport Swan

Swan TrustThen in a Few Days We Were OK Again.  Regained Trust.

Swan Trust

Transporting to a NEW Home is Scary.

Transport Swan

This Young Swan was Not Happy
We Moved him to his New Home.

It was Weeks before he would Come Near Us.

Swan Broken Trust

FINALLY a “Hello” Nod.. Friends Again. 

Swan Trust

It Feels Good to be Trusted.  

 Hand Feeding Swan Trust

We Needed this Male in a Safe Place for a Bit.
He was NOT Happy.

Swan Carrier

This Female Likes to Walk with Her Friend. 

Swan Trust

We Needed to Move this Male back to his Home Pond.

Wayward Swan Trust

He Liked a Large Nearby Pond.. We Needed to “Bait” Him.

IT WORKED..  Took 10 Days.  

Swan Trust


This Young Swan lost her Companion.
She went into “Survival Mode” and Stay Across the Pond.
Last Time We Visited She was Happy
and Playing Near my Feet. 

Lone Female Swan

A Predator Killed her Sister.. She is Scared.. 

Swan Lost Trust

This Young Female was Moved Five Times in One Month.
She Avoided Us for Days.. Finally She came to Eat. 

Swan Trust

We Spent Time with Her Every Afternoon.
Once She Trusted Me Again,
She Climb Out of the Pond and Sat Down Beside Me. 

Swan Trust

Trust is Mutual.  It Takes Time.

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We Visited these Brood Swans Frequently
for Several Years.

They Trusted Me to a Point.  

Swan Nest Trust

A Same Sex Male Pair -Three Years Old.
“Smile Boys.”

Swan Trust  This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger January 2017