FRIEND: So, what happened last weekend?
WOMAN: Well, we were taking our boat along the river, when we passed
a pair of swans, with a nest nearby. One swan just carried on
feeding, but the other one – the male I think – decided to come and
FRIEND: Oh, fantastic. I've never seen a swan's nest close up. I
expect he was hungry.
Well, actually it was immediately obvious from his body language
that he had other things on his mind. He was flapping his wings
really hard, and approaching at incredible speed. And I guess we'd
gone too close to the nest. I'd never have done that if I'd known
what would happen.
FRIEND: Gosh, amazing. I've never heard of swans behaving like that
before. So what did you do? Row like mad?
WOMAN: Well, we got out onto the bank, but he followed us up, and
then stood between us and the boat for about an hour! We just
couldn't frighten him away.
FRIEND: No, I suppose not. Still, I'm sure he wouldn't have hurt you.
WOMAN: Are you kidding? You should have seen the way he moved –
swans can be really aggressive at nesting times.