Swan Uppong
Upping the Swans


The swans are carefully lifted from the water by putting an arm underneath and keeping their wings closed. Sometimes a wing gets free and then water is splashed everywhere.

The legs and wings are tied gently with hemp twine so the birds can't injure themselves.

The legs of a cygnet are tied


The swans and their cygnets are then taken ashore to be weighed and checked for fishing hooks and lines.


Sometimes the swan family are tied up on the banks instead of on the boats.

Did you know? ...
Swans, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is illegal to interfere with them in any way. They may only be removed or handled by recognised groups who should act in the best interest of a sick or injured bird.

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