I counted 8 today.Four adults & 4 cygnets.These are the hardest birds to get close shots of! Next time I go camping I have a plan! When I know they are inside the river system (only at high tide) I make a few noises.They’ll get nervous & begin to exit the river system.I know their normal exit route, so I’ll simply hide & wait for them to swim past.Once I start shooting the sound from the mirror reflex will spook them for sure,but by then its too late……I’ll will have gotten the shots! Busted!


  1. They are beautiful Wayne – I’ve never seen a Trumpeter Swan before, just in pictures. I did see a Mute Swan come in for a landing this morning on the Creek but didn’t get a picture. Unlike the heron or the geese, it doesn’t announce its arrival or departure. It made a big splash and really has to work on re-entry some more as it was all over the place!

      1. Oh that is why – this guy today was rather a mess as he flew in and your swans too, all kind of crumpled together on the one side. I figured it was because they were so big, it was hard to be graceful.

      2. That could be as well – I’ve actually not seen a swan in flight, and I suspect that the swans here just travel by the Creek down to the Detroit River a mile away and don’t fly as much. That’s why I didn’t understand that swan back in March, plowing through the icy water, breaking the ice with its beak and pushing the ice with its feet to clear a path and then only stayed up on land long enough to preen and then headed back to clear another path – I still don’t understand why it didn’t wait until its feathers were drier and then fly to the River. I didn’t understand the mindset of why it went right back into the icy water. We know birds are very smart. I was feeding the squirrels – a blue jay and a cardinal were watching me intently. The blue jay was reluctant to come down and grab a peanut (surprised me as they are aggressive) whereas the cardinal shot out of the tree, swooped down onto the pavement and grabbed the peanut while the squirrel just had a look on its face of astonishment. Nervy!

      3. It seemed as though it was oblivious to me though as it was intent on preening all the ice out of its feathers. I just watched it and admired it and didn’t interact with it at all. I was actually in awe to see it on land and how huge it was standing up.

      4. Yes, it wasn’t injured, but it sure looked worn out – it was kicking that ice with its big feet to break the ice and also using its beak to break the ice to move forward. I was fascinated watching it that day. It was just me in the Park, on a Sunday morning and no one else around.

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