Report Geese and goslings in a lock, heartless boater in General Boating Posted Saturday at 21:52 Just now, blackrose said: Several years ago on the Thames a friend of mine standing on the bow of my boat started shouting at me and waving his arms around madly. I couldn't make out what he was saying over the noise of the engine so I just carried on. Turns out he was worried about me running over a pair of swans directly ahead of the boat. He didn't seem to realise they would just get out of the way at the last minute. I understand that it's slightly different in a lock, but in my experience the same thing happens. I just take my boat in slowly and over the last 25 years I haven't killed any waterfowl yet, so I think some people are overreacting. That is the crux of the matter. You take your boat in slowly, the write up in the original post makes it clear that wasn't the case in this event.