Mute swan in full territorial charge – You can tell from the enormous bow wave in front of this swan that it is moving with both purpose and intent. As the breeding season draws near and the male’s mind turns to courtship so he has to clear his territory of all competition and that includes last years’ offspring. Previously this kind of aggression was reserved only for Canada geese and any other adult swan that happened to land on this lake but at this time of year it is being directed solely at his own children. The youngsters choice is as stark as it is clear, leave or die! This image was captured at dawn and this is the beginning of the increase in pressure. First the adults start to demonstrate more aggression near food sources, usually local and dog walkers people lobbing endless amounts of white bread (no they won’t be told!) but then as the weeks pass so it is the young males that are isolated first. It’s never an easy thing to watch as you can see the confusion written on the faces of the young and bewildered swans, doubtless wondering why the parents that nurtured and protected them for so long are now pushing them away to isolation. Slowly it is then the turn of the females and the process remains the same. First the adults appear to show signs of occasional ill-temperedness, then the scolding is slowly ratcheted up and up until the youngsters are forced to separate completely from the adults. It is then that the pursuits start and this can go on for days or even weeks, depending on how quickly the youngsters get the message. To us this image my look pretty, a beautiful bird in beautiful light but to the young swan being pursued this is a moment filled with menace. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo@andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety#muteswan#derbyshire#wildlife#phototips#ethicsbeforeimages#nature#naturelovers#wildlifeaddicts_#animal_beauty#nature_brilliance#animalsonearth#exclusive_wildlife#majestic_wildlife_#nature_brilliance#nationalanimals#majestic_wildlife_#wildlifephotography
Time for some more #breadtalk : - - - we have a developing range of bread that Include Rye flour, Rye grain has less gluten then wheat therefore make them more digestible for some people who have wheat or gluten intolerances 🌾 The very popular 'light rye' was inspired by a recipe for New York rye. It is very close to being a white bread, with only about 20% rye flour to white wheat flour. However, the rye flour gives it a fantastic depth of flavour. We do a plain version and a version with caraway seeds. Try it as a really tasty alternative to white bread that children will love toasted with jam or spread with peanut butter! (I opt for butter and Marmite personally) #realbread#baking#derbyshire#ryebread
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