We saw the lives of many swans begin , and end during our eighteen years aboard, They taught us their language, so that we could swim in the waters near them without fearing attack, They would rush up the river with their feet on the water while flapping their wings, and land right behind us as we swam. They would have their wings fluffed up , and then they would rotate on the water , we would make ourselves look larger, by bending our arms, and rotate in the water too. and then the male would raise his neck and head high and signal us with a little clicking sound, before accepting us near their babies, and themselves. strangers who came through their territory were always frightened off with pecking beaks , flapping wings, and 'Runs' toward and over them when they had young with them.My young daughter, my husband and myself were always safe, as long as we kept up the ritual of 'Swan Talk'.
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