Surfing Swans??

 

We all know birds can fly, swim and walk…but surf?

From Sweden we have reports of the Mute Swan occasionally opening up their wings to catch the wind and windsurfing across the water. These swans have been witnessed in several areas in Sweden to use this technique to travel fairly quickly over distances as great as several hundred meters.

 

The reason the Mute Swan has developed this ability is because it is the heaviest bird that still flies. From 10-12kg or 22-26lbs this bird requires a lot of energy to move or fly around…and so in order to save energy it windsurfs. They can move at 2 swan lengths per second or 1.3 meters .

 

…and not to be outdone what about these Black Swans in Australia, straight up surfers!

 

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