Trumpeter Swan Videos




Back in December (2014), I posted several times on Trumpeter Swans that were at the Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri. At that time, I captured a few videos of the swans. However, due to having extremely slow internet at home, I could not upload them for sharing. On my current “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo […]

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Trumpeter Swans With Wings in Motion




It’s always a wonderful sight whenever a beautiful Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) leans back and upward, and start’s flapping it’s wings … you really get a sense for the size of the bird when they do this. This activity is common after a bird bathes or preens the bad feathers from his coat. Here are […]

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Trumpeters on a Foggy Morning




Yesterday morning, I made a trip to Carlos Avery Wildlife Area (north of Minneapolis, MN). I arrived as the sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon … and through a heavy layer of low-hanging fog. Unfortunately, I had no birds or wildlife that would pose in the fog for me. But I did […]

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White Beauties (Re-post)




(This post originally published in November 2010) Today’s post includes some images I made in 2009, prior to starting my nature blog, and are of some Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator). Up until just a few short years ago, Trumpeter Swans were typically not seen in Missouri. However, a small group started wintering at Squaw Creek […]

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Poetry in Motion




Today’s post includes images made during my recent trip to Squaw Creek NWR, in northwestern Missouri. This Trumpeter Swan cygnet is the same cygnet I previously posted about (the single swan, in a refuge pool all by himself). As he preened away, he abruptly stopped, arched upward and flapped his wings in a way only […]

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Fun Friday: “Can You See Me Now?”




During my recent Trumpeter Swan photo trip, I captured this “Fun Friday” post candidate, “Can You See Me Now?”:     While this cygnet was preening, he snaked his long neck behind his wing, with his head sticking out the backside … quite a different sight! I also want to share with my readers a […]

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Cingle Cygnet




Today’s post of the Trumpeter Swans, that I spent 3 days with last week, includes a single cygnet (young swan) that was in a separate refuge pool, all by himself. We don’t know if he just got separated from his parents, or if something happened to them. But he remained in a refuge pool, close […]

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Group Meeting




Continuing from yesterday’s post on the Trumpeter Swans, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing them make a flyby, especially close-up, when coming in to join a group of feeding/resting swans that are in a refuge pool, right in front of us!       Everyone’s here … let the meeting begin!       […]

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High Flying Beauties




Today’s post begins the week with some images of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) that I captured a week ago at the Squaw Creek NWR, located in northwest Missouri. Trumpeter Swans used to be a rare thing to see in Missouri, but for the last few years, the numbers of wintering Trumpeter Swans here has been […]

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Yellowstone’s Trumpeter Swans




During my recent Yellowstone trip, I took a snowcoach from Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, where I stayed for a couple of days. In winter, a snowcoach is the only way (besides snowmobile) to get to Old Faithful. Along the 4 hour ride, we saw a lot of wildlife, including a […]

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