Rare black swan seeks refuge after pellet gun attack

A BLACK swan which settled on the Shannon at Castleconnell in mid-August has sought refuge at O’Callaghan Strand in Limerick after a pellet gun attack.

Photographer Kevin O’Dwyer, who has been following the movements of the swan since his arrival, said: “Last week I was in Castleconnell taking photos of the swan when these young fellows came along and started shooting at it with a pellet gun. I told them to stop and they told me in no uncertain terms to mind my own business. They were aiming at the black swan.”

Mr O’Dwyer reported the incident to the gardaí.

Last Saturday he saw the black swan behaving in a strange manner and the following day it was gone.

Mr O’Dwyer, who was the first to photograph the black swan, said: “It was wandering off on its own going up and down the river flexing its wings as if it was restless.”

On Monday the black swan was spotted at O’Callaghan Strand in Limerick and another keen photographer caught it on camera.


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