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 as they land. And nothing more enjoyable than to have a close-up flyby of a group! (I’ll share some of those in another post).

In this post, I’m sharing some of the “quieter” swans, captured while they foraged and rested in one of the refuge pools:

In this first image, an adult Trumpeter Swan:

And an adult and cygnet (cygnets are young swans, not yet white like the parents):

Adult and Cygnet Trumpeter Swans

And a mixed group of adults and cygnets:

Trumpeter Swans

And in this final image, a cygnet stretches it’s wings while resting on a muskrat hut in the refuge waters:

Coming up … more Trumpeter Swan images!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 250 and ISO 320
  • Aperture and f/8
  • Shutter 1/640 sec. to 1/2000 sec.



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