Flight of a Tundra Swan
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.
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.
This entry was posted on April 6, 2014 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Nature and was tagged with alberta, bird, Canada, Cygnus columbianus, flying, High River, migration, spring, Tundra Swan, wildlife.