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!

      • 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.

      • 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!

      • 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.

      • 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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