Swan floating along the fenceline

There was a storm that burst out of the mountains and settled over the prairies around Calgary in the middle of the week.  With the warmer weather that preceded the blizzard, there are hundreds of shallow depressions currently masquerading as ponds in the fields and meadows.  It serves the waterfowl that are currently migrating to their breeding grounds in the north.  I found this resolute swan paddling in one of these pools in Springbank.  Together with a partner, it was dunking its head looking for food and seemingly oblivious to the angry snow falling.  The Tundra and Trumpeter Swans briefly stop in this part of Alberta, the largest regattas only staying for one or two days.  By the end of this weekend, most will have flown on.  I did not get too close to these birds so I have to guess that this is a Trumpeter as I could not see a yellow spot on the bill which is only found on the Tundra Swan.  However, with the mottled grey plumage, I think it is an adolescent and I’m not certain whether the yellow spot only develops in adults.  Either way, great to see these short-term visitors.

5 responses

  1. Martin Rogers

    Excellent composition and subject matter. This area of Ontario is pretty wet right now and I am seeing a lot of sights like this.
    Martin.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    • Thank you Martin – I hope spring wrestles control away from winter across the whole country!

      April 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  2. Thanks Karen – I wish these birds would stay around longer they are beautiful creatures.
    +1

    April 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm

  3. Lovely subject and composition!

    April 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    • Thanks Karen – I wish these birds would stay around longer they are beautiful creatures.

      April 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

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