A phone call as I got ready for work to say 2 Bewick's Swans on my patch. Hopping to the car with bins in one hand, camera over the shoulder and a right shoe still not tied I dived in the car put the phone on speaker to receive the exact location and off I drove in a general direction of Woodford....... 5 minutes later directions received I was parked up.
Now remember I am ready for work, shoes on (now tied)... not Boots! I jump over a style, master the quick step across two very muddy fields and hey presto!
A good image for ID purposes Vs the similar Whooper Swan. Smaller rounded head shorter neck and smaller yellow beak patch
Whooper Swan for comparison (Taken at Martin Mere)
A few ramblers were heading this way, the swans got nervous and sure enough they flew
I managed all but a brilliant 5 minutes with them before they flew off probably back to Arctic Russia, but that's not a bad way to spend a few moments before going to work! even with muddy trousers and shoes.