"Swans" Dorney Warnings Or Dangers Tip by easyoar
Dorney Warnings and Dangers: 6 reviews and 6 photos
Swans are a bit of a liability to rowers (and to themselves when they are around boats). Being big heavy birds, they need a long 'run-up' on the water to get airborne, and so don't get out of the way very quickly.
Obviously a boat hitting a swan is quite disruptive to a boat, but it is also not very nice for a swan. A guy I was rowing with (sitting right behind me) once broke a swan's wing when his oar hit the swan. He didn't even see it was there (don't forget that rowers can't see where they are going as they are facing backwards as they go down the course). All we could do was to call the animal welfare line and get them to come and take the swan away to patch it up.
These swans got away in the nick of time.