While many songbirds are gone with winter arrives, along with the arctic blast is the arrival of ducks and swans. There is a flock of Tundra Swans that return every year for their seasonal home on the Magothy River. In the summertime, Tundra Swans go to the Arctic tundra on the top of North America.
Tucked in the flock is a solitary Trumpeter Swan. If one listens closely, you can hear his baritone call among all of the tenors.
As with other wildlife, there are times they just decide to randomly attack each other. One trying to show dominance over another.
They are graceful creatures, but don’t let their delicate appearance fool you. They are strong birds with wingspans up to five feet. They can hit their opponent with such strong force you can hear the slap.
It’ll be a wonderful winter to be able to enjoy these beautiful birds.
These are wonderful photos! You captured their movements so well!
Thank you so very much. It happens so fast. 🙂
They are so beautiful 🙂
Happy Holidays Andy ! I hope all is well with you and you have great plans to spend time with friends and family.
And you Emily 🙂 Happy Holidays!
Stunning photographs and lovely to see the white swans, as our Australian swans are black- also beautiful birds and their black plumage contrasts so well with their frilly white petticoats and bright red beaks! As a new reader, I look forward to enjoying your blog in 2017! All the very best for Christmas and New Year! x
For us, black swans are domesticated and don’t roam wild in the United States. We have three white swans, the Trumpeter, the Tundra and the Mute which is considered invasive.
Welcome and a pleasure to meet you.
That’s so interesting! I didn’t realize that there were three types of white swan. I can see that I am going to learn a lot from your beautiful blog!
You are too sweet. Sometimes I try to share what I know..ask anytime. 🙂 Welcome and looking forward to see you again soon.
Beautiful photographs of a truly stunning bird!
You are too kind David. Thank you so very much.
Gorgeous birds and photos!
Thank you so much Lorrie, and appreciate you sharing this post.
Thanks Rexlin and hope all is well with you.
Just like ballerinas – you can see how Swan Lake was inspired! 🙂
So true ! Thank you very much.
My pleasure 🙂