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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trumpeter Swan - year around residents of Madison County

The beautiful Trumpeter swan, once almost gone, is a common sight in Madison County.  In the winter from 400 to 600 of these graceful birds stay on the area rivers and nearby fields. 


When the snow starts to melt and ponds develop in the fields, others start migrating through the area.


A few will stay on area waterways,pairing up and building nests to raise their young. 


Some waters near Madison County is closed to all human activity to protect the nesting swan.


In the fall many of these huge birds will once again migrate for the North Country to invade our waterways to winter.


These royal birds inspire and entertain those of us that chose to be outside year around.

21 comments:

Larry said...

Excellent shots of the Trumpeter Swans Bill! Those in-flight shots are absolutely beautiful and the last portrait photo looks like that bird is ding some nest building.

texwisgirl said...

beautiful. i just heard a report on the radio yesterday that one of the greatest hazards to nesting waterfowl is jet-skis as they create wakes which wash over nests and soak eggs or displace nestlings. i'm glad some areas are closed off to humankind. we're too careless to be kind sometimes.

Fotokarusellen said...

Beautiful action shots. Like them a lot. Well done!

joo said...

They are beautiful birds!

BirdingMaine said...

Very nice captures of the Trumpeter Swans!

Springman said...

Wonderful post. These majestic birds are wonderful to see. Thank you for sharing your Trumpeter swan captures!

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see.
Your images are brilliant...many thanks for sharing.

Marias Teater said...

Wonderful and so different from our swans! What a beautiful shots!

EmptyNester said...

Beautiful shots! I thought I had a favorite and then I'd see the next one and change my mind. LOL So, I love them all!

Victoria said...

I've seen these birds in the wild... but only from a considerable distance. Your images of them are lovely and I envy you having them so nearby!

Modesto Viegas said...

Good captures!

eileeninmd said...

Grreat shots of the Swans, Bill! The flights are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I never dreamed that these beautiful birds stayed there year round! What a wonderful birding experience to be able to see them anytime you can get out! They're so lovely...thank you!

Carletta said...

The swans fill the fairytale image for me.
Love the shot of them in flight and that last closeup!
You are blessed to be able to watch and photograph these regal creatures.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Those are fabulous pictures, Bill. Trumpeter Swans are gorgeous --and you are lucky to have them year-round...

BUT--my fav always is your header... WOW!!!
Betsy

bailey-road.com said...

Excellent shots of these magnificent birds!

NatureFootstep said...

this is a swan I havn´t seen. Yet, I hope. It looks great.

Inger-M said...

Swans are so beautiful, and your shots of them are awesome!

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful photos of the swans, they are so graceful

Kathiesbirds said...

Lovely! so wonderful that they have rebounded!

Quiet Paths said...

Fantastic to see these. We have a few at nine pipe Resv. off and on. Great shots.