A black swan – named Bruce – took up temporary residence on Snaresbrook’s Eagle Pond recently.
“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 seen at Walthamstow Reservoirs and Hollow Ponds as well. Their habitat requirements are not dissimilar to those of mute swans, so they could turn up on any stretch of fresh water,” said Tim Harris of the Wren Wildlife Group.