But before the fishing really began, there was this. Bill picked out an area on the beach for us to set up the poles and a few chairs, and I noticed, out on the water, a single swan.
And the swan was swimming toward us.
I think maybe it thought we had food.
Julia marched toward the swan, but she was moving quickly and so was the swan, so I dragged her behind me.
And then the swan hissed. You can see its beak is open in the picture below.
That's the hissing.
Julia desperately wanted to go closer, but I didn't think that was a good idea.
It had a sip of water. "That's what I was really here for. Just the water. Not you people. Sheesh!"
Slowly, casually. No great hurry.
It stopped again to sip some more water…
First this way…
After herding the geese for a while, the swan paddled to shore off to the left of us where there were several other people fishing. The swan walked around on the sand at first, maybe hoping for a snack. I couldn't tell if the people had food for the swan or not, but it didn't seem to be hissing at them, so maybe they did.
One of those pesky Canada geese swam just a leeeeetle bit too close to shore. I don't understand why it was THAT particular goose the swan had it in for; the other goose was walking around on the sand near the swan, and the swan seemed to have no problem with that. Who knows. Maybe the goose said something rude and provoking. I don't know. Whatever the reason, the swan marched back down to the water…
Right about now, it seemed like the swan decided the goose had been moved an acceptable distance away, so the swan turned and headed back to shore.
The goose, the foolish goose, followed.
I know it's probably mating season, or egg-laying season, so I was wondering during all of this if maybe the swan's spouse is sitting on a nest somewhere in the area, and the swan is just keeping the area safe. Maybe it realized that we, not being water fowl, were not real threats, and maybe it thought the geese were.
But whatever the reason, the swan was bound and determined to keep the geese away.