Prepare for Liftoff

Today’s post features a group of Trumpeter Swans as they begin their liftoff into flight. These beautiful birds are so much fun to watch as they prepare to lift off.  They will do a number of “head bows”, while honking in their trumpet-like call. When ready to go, most (if not all) of the group […]

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Poetry in Motion

Today’s post features one of the magical moments of being in the field, photographing the Trumpeter Swans. During last week’s 2-day trip to Loess Bluffs NWR, I had the fortune of having several groups of Trumpeter Swans flying very close by as I photographed from the tour route road. Here are some of my favorite […]

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A Wonderful, Musical Bird

Today’s post features some of the graceful, Trumpeter Swans that have started to fly into the Loess Bluffs NWR (formerly called Squaw Creek NWR). As their name implies, when they communicate, it sounds like a chorus of trumpets being sounded! I particularly love watching these large birds as they take off from the water, and […]

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White-on-White

After keeping an eye on the bird counts at Squaw Creek NWR (northwest Missouri), and seeing another strong cold front about to move through the area, I decided I needed to get up to the refuge ASAP … bald eagle counts of over 225 and trumpeter swan counts of over 250 were incentives enough for […]

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Trumpeter Swans in Picturesque Alaska

(This post originally published in December 2010) I recently had a comment from someone on Twitter about seeing Trumpeter Swans a few years ago, in snowy/icy conditions. That got me to thinking … I was able to capture some pretty nice Trumpeter Swan images 2 years ago, when I was in Haines, Alaska shooting bald […]

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Trumpeter Swans, Part 2

Today, my blog picks back up with the Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) that I photographed at Squaw Creek NWR, in northwest Missouri, last week. In my last swan post (Trumpeter Swans, Part 1) I posted photos of trumpeter swan families as they rested and fed on the refuge waters. Today’s post includes some flight shots […]

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Trumpeter Swans, Part 1

In today’s post, I’m featuring the reason I spent 2 days this week at Squaw Creek NWR, in northwestern Missouri … the Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator). Just a few short years ago, the trumpeter swan could not (easily) be found in Missouri. But starting 3-4 years ago, the swans began stopping at the Squaw Creek […]

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Minnesota’s Trumpeter Swans (Re-post)

(This post originally published in August 2010) My last day shooting on my recent Minnesota trip turned out to be one of my best. I had been hoping for some Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator), but up until now had not seen any. I decided to try a local wildlife conservation area, the Carlos Avery Wildlife […]

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