During the black winter with over fifty swans poisoned, I was sure that it was just a matter of time before the last handful succumbed. But they miraculously survived and come spring they were nesting in the oddest places, on neatly arranged layers of trash and algae. But they still had plenty of obstacles to overcome, like idiots getting too close in boats and canoes, disrupting the peace. I even spotted a couple of "sailors" on the microscopic bird island, chopping away at a swans nest. They must not know any better. On the other hand, it doesn't take an Einstein to figure this out...
It is obvious that we need some guidelines here, but once again the City is giving us the silent treatment. The guy who rents out boats (with a brand new and expanded fleet this year), was not even aware that there were nesting birds. He of all people should at least have been advised, wouldn't you say? The real problem is that not one person is responsible for the swans (at least not this winter, when I was on the phone with everyone from the park people to the university). You get this sneaking suspicion that our national bird is merely considered a nuisance, or at best a lake-accessory. If it was up to me the information about the lake-wildlife would be available both on signs and online, and someone was in charge of keeping the birds happy, healthy and alive. How about it, Copenhagen?
With all these obstacles I was not expecting the swans to deliver, but look:
Oh, happy heart.