"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mystery solved

I had an email from TK last night, which said that, rather than the cygnets being hunted by humans, the culprits were likely to be pike, which apparently are known to pull quite large birds under the surface of the water by their legs.
To quote Michael Caine, 'Not a lot of people know that!'
(Well, I didn't anyway.)


Yorkshire Pudding said...

Pulling large birds is not to be recommended. Better to pull small or medium sized birds. Gentlemen should also avoid birds from the Rhondda Valley or Liverpool as they might steal your wallet. Yorkshire birds are best. Piking them is delightful.

Jennyta said...

And of course, you wouldn't be the least bit biased, would you, YP???

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Nay lass.

Anonymous said...

Whilst TK is probably right there have been plenty of instances of mindless kids attacking swans and their young. xx

Jennyta said...

Yes, there have indeed, Flighty. I hope the remaining three stay safe anyway.

Shooting Parrots said...

Pike are usually to blame for taking ducklings, but they must be pretty big fish if they are carrying off cyhnets of the size in your photo.

Jennyta said...

The cygnets that have disappeared have only gone in the last couple of weeks so they would have been fairly big, SP. Maybe we've got a few sharks in the canal. ;)


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