"MORNING HAS BROKEN" - Swans (Trumpeter)

February 26, 2022  •  1 Comment

"MORNING HAS BROKEN"

Trumpeter Swans - 12 Photos

 

To come across and approach Trumpeter Swans and not have the immediate take-off, is almost a surreal experience. Add in some soft early morning light and it can be magical.

 

Photos #1 through #7 are of the swans grooming and stretching their wings after a period of resting along the icy shore, taken just as the sun rose above the river channel.

 

Photos #8 through #12 are of several take-offs. It really is a 100 yard dash. It takes that long for a Trumpeter Swan which weighs more than 25 pounds to get airborne. They hit the water surface hard and it can sound like galloping horses before they achieve lift-off.

 

And then, of course, there is the non-angelic side of swans. Check out Photo #7. I chose one of a series of four, where one Trumpeter actually bit the other and I don't believe it was a love bite.

 

PHOTO #1

PHOTO #2

PHOTO #3

PHOTO #4

PHOTO #5

PHOTO #6

PHOTO #7

PHOTO #8

PHOTO #9

PHOTO #10

PHOTO #11

PHOTO #12

 


Comments

Urszula(non-registered)
Marvellous, Susan!!!
I love both sets of swan photos. The Tundra Swans photos were also fantastic. Cloudy weather helped showing the different shades of white beautifully. here exceptional images of swan stretching his/her wings. I was surprised that the adult swan bit the other adult. I witnessed only "punishment" of youngsters.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. I'm very depressed with the war in Ukraine, and very few things bring me joy these days.
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