Female swan in the water

White widow

Today was a very nice day, but unfortunately is had a bit of a grim start. I set out to High Park early in the morning in order to have the sun behind me as I was looking out on the water. The past couple of walks I kept spotting a Double Crested Cormorant flying along the water, but was always too slow. My idea was to have a fast shutter speed thanks to the sunlight, and just plant down on a stool by the water to play the waiting game.

On my way to the water, though, I came across a dead swan that had been killed last night. There was a man keeping guard to make sure no off leash dogs or anything else got at it, as he thought the body was very suspicious. The breast area was missing, but nothing else appeared to be damaged. Additionally, the removal seemed extremely clean. Not something a coyote or other such animal would be able to do with their teeth.

Now obviously I am neither a carnivorous animal expert, nor a forensics expert, so I’m not going to make any claims or allegations. All I can say is that the wound certainly looked precise to me. After about 90 minutes of waiting, the gentleman got a call back saying he could take the body to an office for staff to look at. I certainly hope this was done by another animal, and that’s that.

To make the story less cheerful still, it looks like it was attacked while guarding its nest, as there is a a fair bit of a mess all around the now abandoned egg. The swan’s mate spent all morning staying in the water roughly in the area of the nest, but from the sounds of things, that little egg doesn’t have a bright future ahead of it.

Sorry about the downer post. I figured I would talk about it and get it out of the way quickly, so I could move on to more cheerful things in the coming days.

I took this with my 150-600mm lens, shooting at 1/800 of a second with an f6.3 aperture and ISO of 100.

One thought on “April 18 – Jamie

  1. Glad I found the archives. Thanks for sharing this story. No one ever said life is fair.

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