Category: Nature Photography
Posted: February 21, 2019

Portrait of a Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan 2

by Dan Hancock

Bird Portrait Contest Entry 
I was able to walk upon a family of Trumpeter Swans at the Ottawa National Refuge in Northwest Ohio. Surprisingly, I was able to get within feet of this bird at take his portrait.
Here is some information concerning this incredible bird.
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Trumpeter Swans demand superlatives: they?re our biggest native waterfowl, stretching to 6 feet in length and weighing more than 25 pounds - almost twice as massive as a Tundra Swan. Getting airborne requires a lumbering takeoff along a 100-yard runway. Despite their size, this once-endangered, now recovering species is as elegant as any swan, with a graceful neck and snowy-white plumage. They breed on wetlands in remote Alaska, Canada, and the northwestern U.S., and winter on ice-free coastal and inland waters.
Trumpeter Swans once nested over most of North America, but disappeared rapidly as civilization advanced westward; by the 1930s, fewer than 100 remained south of Canada. With protection from hunting and disturbance, populations have rebounded in parts of the northwest. More recent efforts have focused on reintroducing the species to areas thought to be part of the former breeding range, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario.
Favors large but shallow freshwater ponds, or wide, slow-flowing rivers, with lots of vegetation. Most of current range is in forested regions, but at one time was also common on northern prairies.
Largest of the native waterfowl in North America, and one of our heaviest flying birds, the Trumpeter Swan was almost driven to extinction early in the 20th century. Its healthy comeback is considered a success story for conservationists. Ordinarily the Trumpeter is quite sensitive to human disturbance; in protected areas, such as some parks and refuges, it may become accustomed to humans and allow close approach.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: None Digital Photography with minor editing via Photoshop Elements.

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