This sequence of mating mute swan is from the same weekend that I shot the whooper swan earlier this spring. I have seen it before but never managed to capture it on the camera, pure luck this time too.
It looks pretty brutal - the male bites the females neck and pushes her head below the water. It's all over rather fast though, max 10sec.
Sorry for not being so active here, but it has not been time or unfortunately motivation for it.
Doing my best to get back in the saddle