Flight of a Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

There are large gatherings of swans on the prairie around Frank Lake  right now.  This area is on the migration path and I really enjoy getting to see these birds when they pass through.  This Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) was sharing a small flat of ice apart from a small group.  I watched them, and they watched me for a few minutes.

A curious pair - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Then they took their running launch to get into the sky.  Heading into a steady headwind, they seemed to gain altitude very quickly once they were airborne.

Running to take flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Into the air - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Tundra Swan flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

3 responses

  1. High exposure gives great light to the features of this wonderful birds-happy to see them.

    April 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

  2. Beauty and Grace in the air! Nice shots!

    April 7, 2014 at 7:55 am

  3. beautiful pictures……..love all

    April 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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