Swans

My spouse and I were able to visit the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on Friday; her first visit. In addition to the most common swan – the Mute Swan – the sanctuary hosts Trumpeter Swans and an Australian Black Swan. The Mute Swan has an orange beak and the Trumpeter Swan has a black beak (although immature Trumpeter Swans have a red and black beak). I enjoy the majestic beauty of the swans, especially in flight. I hope you enjoy these swan images. As always, your comments are appreciated.

Mute Swan (banded for tracking)

Mute Swan (banded for tracking)


Australian Black Swan Hiding

Black Swan Hiding


Australian Black Swan Portrait

Australian Black Swan Portrait


Trumpet Swans

Trumpet Swans


Immature Trumpeter Swan Grooming

Immature Trumpeter Swan Grooming


Feather Pillow

Feather Pillow


In Flight Black and White

In Flight Black and White

Feathers

Feathers

Swan and Wake

Swan and Wake

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Flyby

Flyby

Cygnets

Cygnet is the name given to baby swans. A mutual friend of Pat and I tipped us off to the location of some cygnets. After a short search, we found the family barely 20 feet from the edge of a rather busy road. Risking life and limb, Pat and I crossed the road and edged our way to the reeds surrounding the small lake. We were able to get some good shots as the proud parents watched us with a wary eye.

Mom and cygnets as seen from the road.

Mom and cygnets as seen from the road.


Family Portrait

Family Portrait


Quints

Quints


Mom and Quints

Mom and Quints

#8 Mistakes Happen

The adage about rules being made to be broken can sometimes apply to photography. I was taking pictures of swasn at a bird sanctuary; especially swans in flight. While panning a swan in flight with my camera, it went behind a tree and came out the other side. Even though the swan was moving toward a direct shot into the sun – one of those no nos -, I kept shooting and ended up with a rather ethereal picture. Some might delete this “bad technique ” shot, but I rather like the way the image accentuates the delicate grace of swans. As always, I am interested in your thoughts and comments.
swan wASHout

Black Swan and Fall Sun

The Australian Black Swan was once found only around Australia. Importation and some resultant escapes have made the black swan present in very small numbers in Europe and North America as well as Asia. I have included two shots of the swan and one additional image, The additional image was from my panning of the flight of two swans and catching a bit of sun. Some would immediately delete such images, but I rather enjoy the slight abstraction and hope you do as well.

On Land

On Land

In the Water

In the Water

Fall Sun

Fall Sun

Heaven’s Trumpeters

The serenely majestic Trumpeter Swan has a beauty in sharp contrast to their very loud honk. Thirty to forty of these rare swans can be found at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary along with ducks, geese, and other swans. I went out this morning in rather brisk weather (it was 33 degrees when I got up). Although cool, it was a beautiful and sunny Fall day. Here are some trumpeter swan images. Next week I’ll share some Black Swan images.

Ascending

Ascending

Running Start

Running Start

 

Preening

Preening

Above the Pines

Above the Pines

Wings

Wings

Into the Sun

Into the Sun

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Black and White

Black and White

Swan Lake

No, the photos are not of a ballet. They are swan shots taken at a lake. The enchanting beauty of swans begged me to keep shooting. I did and was able to catch some rather unusual swan moments. Enjoy the “ballet”.

The Fly-in

The Fly-in


Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows


Morning Stretch

Morning Stretch


Calming Down

Calming Down


Encore! Encore!

Encore! Encore!

Election Day

The images are not about election day. The title is just a reminder to vote if you happen to be in an area with elections today.

I have no thematic unity to these pictures (other than the photos being from the last week), just the images and your thoughts. The first two images are from a photo shoot at a bridge over a small lake. The water lilies and reflected cloud captured my eye as did the swans from the following picture as they whizzed through the air like leftover Halloween ghosts.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Swans in Flight

Swans in Flight

The leaves on the trees are well past their autumnal prime. Some trees are bare, some have turned brown, and some, like this tree, have just a few lingering leaves. The sparkling sun highlighted these leaves for me.

Last Leaves to Leave

Last Leaves to Leave

The last image is a picture of a picture hanging in our house near some similarly colored orchids.

Bee and Orchid

Bee and Orchid

It’s election day. Feel free to cast your vote for your favorite image,

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