Swan tackles large eel

Friday 14 May 2010, 10:24

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Now here's something you don't see everyday...

Roving wildlife photographer Mike Davies has been keeping an eye on a pair of nesting swans on the Neath canal for a few weeks now.

In this shot taken yesterday, the female swan can be seen on the nest inspecting her eight eggs:
swan_eggs.jpg


Mike was out and about early again this morning on swan patrol, when to his astonishment the male swan pulled out a large eel in it's its beak and ate it.

The male swan with the eel in its beak:
swan_eel.jpg


I've never ever heard of such behaviour before and always assumed swans only ate small insects, molluscs, water plants, other vegetation and the occasional small fish but never eels?

A close up of the shot:
swan_eel1.jpg


If anyone has witnessed this behaviour before or can shed any light on it then I'd love to hear from you.

Please leave a comment in the blog.

Gull

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