Green Island Wildlife Refuge, Iowa

During one of my recent trips to the Green Island Wetlands I came across this pair of Trumpeter Swans. It is really not difficult to find them anymore. These wonderful birds have made a great comeback here in Iowa. Getting close enough for a good photo is a different story that cannot always be told. The swans were fighting the squally wind and so did I during my attempts to keep the focus on them. Most of my images show the two swans swimming next to each other and looking in the same direction. That one shot, where one of the trumpeters started preening its feathers made all the difference for me. This little gesture changes the story telling. Neither the strong wind nor my presence seemed to bother them. They preen their feathers when they feel comfortable and safe.