A black swan –named Bruce – took up temporary residence on Snaresbrook’s Eagle Pond earlier this month.
“Black swans are native to Australia. They were brought to the UK as ornamental birds for collections but, like other captive species, occasionally escape. This bird was recently seen at Walthamstow Reservoirs as well. Their habitat requirements are not dissimilar to those of mute swans, and so they could turn up on any stretch of freshwater, or occasionally in sheltered harbours,” said Tim Harris of the Wren Wildlife Group.