on my arrival to work this morn, i decided to take a moment to appreciate the rather lovely lake (large pond) that we have outside of our office 🌊.
i must have stared at the lake for about five minutes in total, with two or three of those minutes spent wondering if one of the swans on the lake had drowned 😳 (it hadn’t). long story short … this all led to today’s thing that i learned 😬
#tdil that swans can see underwater, they eat many many things and that the internet is obsessed with swans mating 🦆 (i’m aware that’s a duck … how is there not a swan emoji!?).
so, lets start with the last bit 😒. i originally wanted to learn how long swans could hold their breath for but when you search for anything swan related, 90% of the results are to do with swans mating!? internetweb, why are you obsessed with this? what is wrong with you? i need to know how long swans can go without oxygen for! 😭
anyway, slight rant over … now for some actual facts. if you ever spend some time by a lake, like i did today, you’ll probably notice that the swans spend a lot of their time plunging their heads below the water.
as you can probably guess, they’re doing this because they’re after food … but what is it that swans actually eat?! well, the different species of swans across the world tend to eat slightly different things. in britain, our most common species of swan is the ‘mute swan’ and they mainly eat aquatic vegetation, roots, aquatic insects, small fish 🐟 and tadpoles🐸!? i found the last items in that list very surprising!
despite this long list of different food sources, swans remain all prim and proper by not being greedy and never over-filling themselves 🤴🏻. rather than gorge on all of something in one sitting, they have been known to return to a food source several times in a day!? it seems rather fitting that the queen’s bird is all proper like that 👸🏻.
as mentioned, swans eat by delving their head underwater. they do this so that they can grab all of the goodness from the bed of the lake/pond/etc. due to their long neck, swans can forage in the deeper parts that other ducks can’t … this means that they don’t have to fight any of their other duck mates for food 👍🏻 #ideal.
and fini! if i’m totally honest, not the best #tdil that i’ve done 😕 but i’m proper tired and the internetweb has let me down 😭 … maybe we’ll revisit swans again in the future sometime 🤔.
goodbye y’all 💀 #tdil
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(once again, i found today’s image on the reusable section of google 🙌🏻. it belongs to a dude named yerpo and, as you can see, it’s a picture of a swan 😅)