Saturday, 24 October 2015

Angel wing

Oh dear. This poor swan has angel wing, a deformity of the last joint of the wing that causes feathers to stick out from the body instead of lying flat. From the little I've read about it, it's thought it could be caused by too much protein in the diet and this guy swimming in a pond near Driffield was very fond of the white bread being thrown to him by little children. So if you're tempted to feed the ducks and so on chuck them some seeds instead.  I've also read that the outlook for birds with this condition is bleak but either there's a lot of this about or this guy has been lurking around Driffield for at least five years since I took the picture below in 2010.

Weekend reflections are here.


  1. He (she?) seems to be doing all right. Animals are so resilient, they adjust to almost anything.

  2. Yes, bread is not a good food for water birds.

  3. He or she might be a survivor... they do tend to stake out their own territory.