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Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-27 13:37
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On April 26/10, at Red Deer Lake, I saw a bird flying toward me that I thought was a gull carrying something. I saw a Franklin's Gull carrying a piece of a reed last year at this location. However, when I looked through my viewfinder, I saw that it was really a swan -- what a large bird!

When I consulted my iBird Explorer application, my initial identification of the bird was that it was a Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus). However, I have since determined from The Sibley Guide to Birds that it was actually a Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator). I had to consult other photos that I took at the time. I saw that there was a V-shaped border at the top of the swan's bill. I also observed that the line from the eye to the bottom of the bill was fairly straight. The Tundra Swan, on the other hand, has a rounded border at the top of their bill. And, the line from the eye to the bottom of the Tundra's bill has a curve, just before the gape, instead of being straight.

The one in my photo is the first swan of any species that I've seen at Red Deer Lake. According to iBird, Trumpeter Swans breed at a few locations in southern Canada, as well as in the north of Canaada and Alaska. I have returned to Red Deer Lake several times since my first sighting of the swan, and it is still there. So, it would seem that, if the swan has a mate there on a nest, Trumpeter Swan cygnets might be coming to Red Deer Lake in the near future.

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wow, great, I've never seen those ones, good capture in flight, looks sharp, thanks for sharing.

perfect pic, TFS Ori

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-04-27 23:47]

Hola John,
great timing ...
nice shot, good lighting and sharpness.
splendid shoot.

hello John
beautiful photo, excellent POV, very good contrast and sharpness.
Congratulations and thanks
hello Vanni

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-19 12:04]

Hello John,
This is an outstanding quality in flight image with details being excellent on the white plumage. Well done John, thanks for sharing.

hello John

WOW ! excellent in-flight photo of the Trumpeter Swan,
very fine POV, superbly focused with great sharpness
and details of its white plumage, from his flight pose
we can feel the speed of his flight, TFS


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