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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Male Swans pair up

Interesting story in the telegraph today.

A pair of adult mail swans have set up a nest together at the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. Apparently they have been together for several nesting seasons and keep territory as if they are a nesting pair. The twosome flock together at the start of the nesting season in March and perform rituals associated with a breeding couple.

Swannery Manager John Houston said:
The swans have been nesting together like this for several years and they get together every nesting season and form a nest together.

They sit on the nest and act in every way as if they were a pair expecting to lay eggs.


It's thought they are only the second instance of two male swans pairing up at the reserve

3 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Fascinating story Pete.
The Australian Black Swan is known to indulge in this sort of behaviour too.

ziGGi said...

sweet!

Eagleseagles said...

Shame they cant give them a couple of eggs (or an orphan chick)to raise - like they do for the male pair of Flamingoes - they raise a youngster each year- very good parents they are...mind I wouldn't want to be the keeper who had to get an egg away from an Swan!

C