Nature clicks #40 - Return to the Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swan  

I felt bad for Dave after our shoot together last Wednesday because light wasn't in our favor and we didn't get any decent pictures of the Trumpeter Swans. I went back twice on Saturday to the pond at Mill Creek. Late morning both swans were searching for food together and were cruising across the pond. There are many Red-Winged Blackbirds around and I saw how one of the swans got attacked by one of them. It was obviously too close to the blackbird nest. You can tell by the colors that we had an overcast but I like the graphic appearance in this image.


Trumpeter Swan 2


I took a few shots and moved on to the Green Island Wetlands, where I spent all afternoon. On my way back home in the evening the sun came finally out and so I returned to the pond again and gave it another trial. One swan was sitting on the nest site while the other was at rest on a little island in the second pond. The light was really good. What a difference to Wednesday and also Saturday morning. I spent the whole evening watching the Trumpeter Swan on its island. Other birds, like a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Yellow Warbler, two Pileated Woodpeckers, and a Gray Catbird came by and time was just flying… More to come…