Black Swan “Scooter” Cygnus atratus
I followed this swan on my blog through much of his early life. One of a family of cygnets, Scooter tangled himself in some fishing line when very young. A yachtsman removed it, but the damage was done. His left leg and foot were crippled as the picture shows. As a result, he paddled only on the right, looking like a kid riding a scooter. His family bullied him, and I’m not sure if he ever managed to fly. I last saw him full-grown, being chased away from the riverbank by two other swans, possibly his siblings.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 55-200mm@200mm.
1/640s, f7.1, ISO 400.