Black Swan

My only acquaintance with Black Swan had been the Australian red wines we like to buy.

028But today, I met another black swan, not native to Canada, whose fame went before him. My husband had told me of this black swan who lived by the pond on the property of a friend who was a sausage maker.  We had gone to pick up a Christmas ham and on the way back down the driveway, running out towards us  was the black swan. I grabbed the camera to snap a photo of him but he seemed to have disappeared.

Then I heard a thumping sound near the back of my car. My husband said, “We should get going. He’ll try to eat your tires.”

As I rolled the window down, I heard a woman yelling at me from way up the road, “Just drive away or he’ll beat your car up.”

005I gave her a wave and hollered back, “I just want to get a quick picture and then we’ll go.”

She turned back and shook her head slowly. I knew I should drive away, but it was worth it to me to get a few dings in the fender if I could only get a photo of the swan.

009He posed for a few minutes and turned to show me his photogenic side.

006Then before he could come back for a second run at the car, I threw the camera at my husband and peeled out of the driveway, smiling all the way down the road.

36 thoughts on “Black Swan

    • I know they have them in Australia, but here in Canada you would probably have to get one from a special breeder of birds. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen. They’re “ornamental,” “domesticated”… “introduced.”

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  1. What a beautiful creature! He could work on polishing up his social skills though. Maybe he ought to be told that, properly prepared, he might go well with the Black Swan from Down Under.

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  2. There’s one black swan that shows up from time to time (as in, every six months) at one of our marinas. I thought I was hallucinating the first time I saw it just calmly floating along the water. No one seems to know where it’s come from, but it’s been around for at least four years now, so it clearly is making a living somewhere.

    I’ve never been close enough to get a good look, though, so your photos are wonderful. The temperament is rather gander-like. I’ve learned to stay away from the geese that roam around some of the neighborhoods.

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  3. Ahh! Are you sure that’s not an ostrich?! Are all the black ones like that? I’m wondering if the black swan in Swan Lake was purely symbolic… But then, a white swan might be just as grouchy up close.

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    • Definitely not an ostrich!!! I’m sure there was symbolism in the ballet’s black swan, but there is a species of black swan (Cygnus atratus). They breed mainly in Australia. I think the aggression goes with defending the nest, but this one seems not to have gotten over it.

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