Both trumpeter and tundra swans have been stopping by the large ponds at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge this week. Photographer Mike Daniels was there when a few of the large birds decided to "squawk" about some issue. The conversation became more heated as he watched.

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The volume level began to rise. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

And, finally, it devolved into mud-slinging.

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The tempers seem to be flaring. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

We have to ask - have these birds been watching cable TV news or listening to talk radio too much? By the way, no injuries reported.

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Sharing some of the pond muck with each other. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

You'll notice the ducks in the background, ignoring the ruckus and continuing to grab a meal from the bottom of the pond. We hear that they didn't vote, either.

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