Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tundra Swan/Wild Bird

Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus)

Tundra swans are on their way back to North America's high tundra, here stopping to rest a while before continuing their journey.

Swimming in a pond with Canada geese

Tundra swans  eat aquatic plants, tubers and roots as well as shellfish. In some places they also eat grains they find on farms.

Four swans a-swimming and one goose

They look meek and mild but they can be ferocious if threatened.

We have three kinds of swans in Ontario. Many Mute and Trumpeter swans are here all year round, but these Tundras migrate between the Arctic and the Atlantic coast so will not be here very long.

Added later in responce to MB: Tundra swans do look a lot like trumpeter swans. One telltale sign on some Tundra swans is the yellow teardrop on their eyes. They don't all have the yellow teardrop though. It may be something that happens as the tundra swans age. Dunno. You can see the yellow teardrop on the lead swan in the first photo.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

49 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

They live peaceful in harmony, gorgeous critters and your pictures are adorable!
hugs
Léia

Andy said...

It's a good sign that spring is not far behind. Keep on clicking.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

They are so graceful.

Sandra said...

I would love to see these guys, i have only seen captive swans in Jungle Gardens, i don't think we have wild ones here, maybe they need cold.
i wonder how many kilometrage they fly? lol

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Very pretty and graceful birds.

Lowell said...

I don't understand any animal that goes north at anytime of year! Saw lots of Canadian geese on the golf course Sunday. A few came honking by just over our heads. I was happy they didn't drop any special greetings!

Dana said...

They're beautiful. My kids love to feed them.

Wonderful photos! I hope you have a great Tuesday.

Maggid said...

beautiful! I'm glad to see them in photo form - I would not like a personal encounter - at least, not if they are upset.
love & love,
-g-

see you there! said...

Such elegant looking birds. It they are headed North then spring must be on the way.

Darla

TexWisGirl said...

i like these dark-billed swans. very pretty.

Karen said...

We have thousands of these stop over at a sanctuary near here. I missed them this year, so it is great to see your shots!

George said...

I'm glad they stayed in Ontario long enough for you to get these pictures. Swans always look so elegant. I especially like your first photo.

Malyss said...

Swans always make me think of dancers, elegant and smart.. But I prefer to stay away, I know they can bite hardly!

LONDONLULU said...

They are a beautiful sight, even if it doesn't always last! I love the white on white, grey, slate, blue here:)

Snowcatcher said...

We're beginning to get a few migratory birds through our neck of the woods, too, but none so far as graceful as these!

Indrani said...

So gentle and beautiful!

Sue said...

I'm always amazed at how tough those graceful swans can be!

=)

Small City Scenes said...

Wonderful pictures. EG. They look a lot like trumpeter Swan. Are they smaller? We get some tundra Swan here during the winter but I guess I can't tell the difference. MB

Deanna said...

beautiful birds/ducks but I know they can be unpleasant.

llandudnopictures said...

Swans always look so elegant as they drift serenly by.

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds.

Giga said...

Są śliczne i pewno miło było ci je oglądać. Pozdrawiam.
They're beautiful and you definitely nice to watch them. Yours.

RedPat said...

Such elegant creatures! If I had wings I'd go south for the winter too.

Kay said...

I saw my first swans here in January, pecking away in a fallow field. They really are lovely and your shots are great. But they and geese do know how to use their beaks as weapons!

HansHB said...

Lovely photos of these tundra-swans!
Lovely to study you post!

Karen said...

Tundra swans look so regal and elegant, lovely captures.

Janie said...

The tundra swans are just beautiful. Interesting to learn about the yellow teardrop distinction from the trumpeter swans.

i stora drag said...

Maybe you seen that I like swans, but this I had never seen before! Thanks for sharing those nice pictures!
Greetings Pia

acreativeharbor.com said...

Magnificent wildlife photography as always ! Beautiful!

Thanks for coming by and commenting ~ Enjoy ^_^

Doreen Bates Zakem said...

there are on their way to Michigan I bet! nice shots!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

How beaultiful!!!!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

eileeninmd said...

Great post on the Tundra Swans. They are beautiful, awesome shots.

Jill said...

Oh how I love their graceful beauty!

SandyCarlson said...

These are gorgeous birds!

Ebie said...

Are they coming over here in SoCal? I want to see them too!

Lovely photos!

Jori said...

I don't think I have ever seen a swan in the wild. Beautiful!

Randy said...

You so lucky to see so many different birds.

Linda said...

I live in Montreal so don't get much of a chance to see large birds...however, I have seen a few herons in the summer, ducks all year round (yes, many stay for the winter here), Canada geese and a variety of smaller birds. Swans...I have only seen a couple of them, including black ones, but those are at a nature park. Love your photos.

Stephanie said...

Nice looking birds.

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for an informative post and wonderful images!
Beautiful creatures.

Carletta said...

Wonderful that you get to catch a glimpse of them on their migration.
Really good info and I appreciate knowing the differences you described.

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Stewart M said...

These are such elegant birds. I used to love the way we would have swans come migrate to the UK in winter.

We only have one species of native sawn here - and its black in colour.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

DeniseinVA said...

Gorgeous swans! I rarely get to see them.

Faye said...

Beautiful creatures. Glad they stopped off in your area so you could get pics of them. Many years ago on a garden tour of England our group got too close to some babies swimming in a stream. The swan mother warned us off in no uncertain terms. Is it true that they will "beat" you with wings when attacking?

Gary said...

Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

they look a lot like whooper swans. Seems to be the coloring that differs. Great shots.

bailey-road.com said...

Such elegant birds.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are quite beautiful and handsome Swans and yes, I am thinking they can be just as mean as our Mute Swans in this area~

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