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BBC NEWS | England | Wiltshire | Swan shot over 'bird flu fears'

A healthy swan which was shot at least nine times in the chest may have been targeted because of concerns over bird flu, wildlife rescuers said.

Bird flu worries! Bollocks - I had the large roasting pan ready, just a bloody poor shot, I suppose it will have to be Lamb again.....

ROAST SWAN
Take a swan and prepare it and put it on to roast until it is all cooked, then make a paste of eggs, as clear as paper, and pour it on the said swan while turning the spit so that the paste cooks on it, and be careful that no wings or thighs be broken, and put the swan's neck as though it were swimming in water, and to keep it in this position, you must put a skewer in its head which will rest between the two wings, passing all other, until it holds the neck firm, and another skewer below the wings, and another between the thighs, and another close to the feet and at each foot three to spread the foot: and when it is well cooked and well gilded with the paste, take out the skewers, except that in the neck, then make a terrace of whole-wheat pastry, which should be thick and strong, and which is one fist thick, made with nice fluting all around, and let it be two feet long, and a foot and a half broad, or a little more, then cook it without boiling, and have it painted green like a grassy meadow, and gild your swan with a skin of silver, except for about two fingers width around the neck, which is not gilded, and the beak and the feet, then have a flying cloak, which should be of crimson sendal on the inside, and emblazon the top of said cloak with whatever arms you wish, and around the swan have banners, the sticks two and a half feet long with banners of sendal, emblazon with whatever arms you wish, and put all in a dish the size and shape of the terrace, and present it to whomever you wish.

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Cooked coutour, served to Bjork.

I'm going to keep looking but I seem to remember that either the US or Germany tried to find out how many shots it would take to stop a determined man while not hitting the head or the heart. I believe the number was six, but who knew swans were tougher.

We have about 70.000 Tundra Swans that migrate from Alaska to the Lake Mattamuskeet area of North Carolina. They spend the winter there then migrate back. Swans are about the lousiest table fare imaginable, even if you kill a young, "greybeard." They all come out tasting like really dry, tough, roast beef. I quit shooting them after about a dozen. The feathers are good for fletching if you make your own arrows.

You need something like "T"s to bring them down if you are pass shooting. It is best to try to hit them in the head and neck.

I bet what that article means is that 9 pieces of birdshot were found in the swan's chest not that it was shot 9 different or consecutive times.

It is pretty hard to kill them hitting them in the chest with birdshot when they are flying. This one might have been shot miles from where they found it. If the shot was steel and small enough, it might even have survived.

They don't start flying until about 9 am, long after other waterfowl have gotten up. It is fun to hear them coming, especially early in the season when you aren't used to them being around. You never really get tired of hearing that ancient sound.

It is amazing how fast those big birds can fly. Each wingbeat carries one about 15 yards. With a strong tailwind, I swear I have seen them making 50 mph.

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