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Whooper Swan Attacks Sheep

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Whooper Swan Attacks Sheep

Swans.

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Sigríður Línberg Runólfsdóttir and her husband, Halldór Margeir Sverrisson, captured an unexpected scene yesterday when they were flying their drone over Álftafjörður fjord in the Westfjords: a whooper swan attacking a sheep. RÚV reports that the couple were planning to take a look at the waterfalls nearby when they noticed a swan spreading its wings and charging a grazing sheep and its lamb. Sigríður said that catching this moment with the drone was particularly funny because they’d named the device ‘Svanur,’ which means ‘swan’ in Icelandic.

Whooper swans are generally social birds and travel in flocks, except during nesting season. As is evident in the video, they become rather aggressive when nesting, using their impressive wingspan (2.2 – 2.4 meters, or 7.2 to 7.8 feet) to intimidate intruders and going to great lengths to protect their territory and young.

Sigríður and Halldór’s video can be watched here.

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