Tundra Swans in the Rockies

Lac des Arcs is a stopover for swans returning to the north.  This year they have just started arriving.

I identified Tundra and Trumpeter swans.  For most of the morning I was watching Tundra swans flying from one open pond in the ice to another.

It was a beautiful day in the Rockies with blue skies and a little fresh snow on the ground.  I went to the western shore in the hopes that I would find some fliers that I could shoot into the sun as well as in shadow – the best of both worlds.

It was fun and I was pretty happy with the images.

I’m looking forward to heading out there again soon.

They are fantastic fliers, very fast and graceful.  Their takeoff takes a few long strides while they get the wings going.

5 responses

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  2. These are great shots, so exciting that you saw two kinds of swans. Wonderful to hear that sound as they fly overhead. Where is Lac des Arcs?

    April 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    • Hi Jane,

      Lac des Arcs is between Deadman’s Flats and Canmore on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway. The western edge of the lake is divided from the Bow River by a wooded strip of land which is a beautiful place for a walk.

      April 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      • I will check that out next time I am in that area-thanks! Was in Jasper this weekend-lots to see.

        April 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  3. Beautiful! And you captured them so magnificently. I want to go north now!

    April 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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