“The recent dustings of snow in Oxford meant either grumbling about the cold (for the locals) or exciting photo snaps to send back home (for the Australians). This one is lakeside at Worcester College, where a swan and cygnet attempted, over an agonising half an hour, to break through the ice with their feet.
“On reflection, I suspect they thought my camera was a delicious, black, shiny packet of breadcrumbs. For once, the ducks had the advantage, and were able to walk along the thin surface of the lake without it breaking. The greenkeeper tells me that swans mate for life (which makes for a nice contrast with the undergrads at college) and these two have become repeat customers at Worcester in winter.”
Image and words provided by Henry Hawthorne, an Aussie reader living in Oxford.
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