Alpha male Swan breaking through ice to attack and defend territory

The Swan King! I’ve witnessed alpha males of many different species, and the Mute Swan has to be the most macho of all. I observed this one using his 25 lbs of pure testosterone to break through the frozen lake….all…

Alpha male Swan breaking through ice to attack and defend territory

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The Swan King! I’ve witnessed alpha males of many different species, and the Mute Swan has to be the most macho of all. I observed this one using his 25 lbs of pure testosterone to break through the frozen lake….all to attack another swan and claim his territory. I left the sound in, but the cracking ice was even louder in person. One could hear it across the park. It was intimidating and the suspense was even affecting me! In each instance, the other swan was fearful and would stay inches from me, as if to seek help or protection. Also, listen to the swoosh of their incredibly powerful wings during the chases. They can reach speeds of 55mph. Their wingspan can reach 7ft. They are New York’s largest bird. 1/21

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