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Broken swan?

 
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Sep 14, 2009 15:17 |  #1

Me & my friend were out some two months ago & spotted this swan. It had its leg this way for the 10-15 minutes we had it in sight.
It was only its right leg. It didnt seem to be in pain in anyway.
Anyone else seen this before and know what could have caused this.


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Sep 14, 2009 15:18 |  #2

Cramp, I expect. He must have been doing some hard paddling before you saw him.


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Sep 14, 2009 16:34 |  #3

That's quite a normal stance in Mute Swans. Not sure why they do it - just resting a leg I suppose. But have seen this on many occasions. Nice shot BTW.


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Sep 14, 2009 20:00 |  #4

Interesting, don't recall seeing anything like that. Nice shot, the color "rendition" of the color is just perfect.


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Sep 15, 2009 12:18 as a reply to  @ minliu2k's post |  #5

I think a lot of waterbirds do it, i was at animal kingdom this week looking at a bunch of ducks from below the waterline and my girlfriend said " why do they all only have 1 leg ? " as they all had one tucked away into thier bodies.


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Sep 15, 2009 12:21 |  #6

He's testing the wind.


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Sep 15, 2009 13:26 as a reply to  @ Biffbradford's post |  #7

Maybe hes just fishing and forgot the line? :)


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Sep 15, 2009 23:49 |  #8

I have watched a pair of swans for around 2 weeks, and when you watch them feed they work up the bottom of the lake with their feet. That is why you will always see some ducks around them and they are feeding on what the swans are working up off the bottom. This pair would feed for about 30 minutes then go to a shallow spot and I would see them stretch their leg out like it was cramping up on them and then they would go back to feeding again. Repeating the process each time, so to me I would say the leg was cramping up.


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