Monday, June 30, 2014

Trumpeter Swans

 Trumpeter swans

Yesterday my husband and I visited one of our favourite birding haunts, a small wildlife preserve. Not many birds there right now as the water is higher than usual for this time of year.  But after a while, a pair of swans came fairly close, swimming amongst the blooming water lilies.

One wears a tag

Trumpeter swans are making a huge come back in Ontario.  Trumpeters are indigenous to Ontario but in 1886, the last Ontario trumpeter was shot by a hunter.

Nearly a century later, an amateur biologist introduced swans back into the province. It all started with swan eggs obtained  through the Canadian Wildlife Service and the western Canadian Province of Alberta's department of resources. Another kind of swan - mute swans - hatched them. Although the female mute swans didn't care that the trumpeter cygnets were silver-coloured rather than brown like mute swan cygnets, the males did care.  So the volunteer tinted the baby feathers...and the trick worked!

Now there are wild trumpeters even in this tiny wildlife preserve.

Water lilies

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58 comments:

Andy said...

Nice to see that you and your hubby are out and about... with your camera of course. :)

Mersad said...

Lovely swans. They are so delicate and beautiful, and the lilies are so great.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Carole M. said...

they look so slender and lovely swimming in unison like syncronised swimmers. Lovely photography and location

Revrunner said...

That last image could have been an oil painting.

Sikora Modraszka said...

You are fantastic photographer and you.Your blog is amazing.

Halcyon said...

I'm glad they're making a comeback, they are such elegant birds. And love your water lilies. :)

Stuart said...

Looks like they're really into synchronized swimming, or else they take the photographer's directions quite well. These are fabulous shots ! And glad you're on the road again.

Shammickite said...

There are swans on the reservoir on Millard St in S'ville.... they come back every year and have some babies.

Buttons said...

Oh they are so beautiful I am so glad it worked. Hug B

Roan said...

Glad you and Hubby are out and about again. The swams are beautiful as are the lilies.

William Kendall said...

They are really beautiful!

Sandra said...

they are so majestic together.. and the lilies, be still my heart.. i am so glad they brought them back...just to sad for them to disappear...humans I will never understand

Debbie said...

doubly beautiful....the swans are quite in sync, as are those gorgeous lilies!!!

see you there! said...

Amazing that they tinted the feathers and it worked. The swans are lovely, especially like the pic of the two close together.

Darla

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Nice back history on their come-back.

Judy said...

Beautiful pictures and heartwarming story of survival.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful pair in a PERFECT setting!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Amazing how we can tinker with nature and create good things when the will is there. Such lovely swans are not common in my neck of the woods and would be a delight to see!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Loved to read about the swans comeback. I think this pair looks very happy and so beautiful! What's beautiful, too, are those lilies...wow, awesome photo!

RedPat said...

Nice to see them making a come-back!

Small City Scenes said...

How fun to see the Swans---in the water that is. You know they winter over in our Valley here. We never see them in the water---always in the farmers fields eating eating eating for their long trip back up into the Northern Wilds.
Good to hear you all are out and about. MB

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So happy the trick worked. Great photo. WOW! EG!

Gail Dixon said...

The reintroduction of this species is fascinating! I'm glad they are able to thrive again. They are beautiful.

cieldequimper said...

These are absolutely magnificent EG, the lilies really add so much to the delightful scene!

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures of such gorgeous swans, EG!! Magnificent indeed!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!!

Dianne said...

Such elegant creatures amid those pretty blooms. Beautiful.

Linda W. said...

Such beautiful birds!

Gary Phillips said...

Fascinating story!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful creatures they are, and those waterlilies are gorgeous!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful story about the repopulation of the trumpeters!

eileeninmd said...

The Trumpeter Swan is beautiful! They are not a common bird for Maryland. I did see one in Wyoming. I am glad they are doing well in Ontario. Great post and photos. Have a happy week!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I didn't know that!
Hope all is well with you and yours.

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots of the Swans and water lily ~ beautiful ~ for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

edenhills said...

So pretty. Glad they were able to bring them back.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i am a fan of the water lilies ... gorgeous shots!! ( ;

have a "cool" summer.

Karen S. said...

Your photos make my eyes see happy every single time!

Photo Cache said...

beautiful shots. i love swans and ducks swimming on a pond. they are so peaceful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The Swans among the Waterlilies makes for a perfect picture.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The swans are so graceful!

Indrani said...

Beautiful sightings.
They would make such wonderful greeting cards.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh My!!! What a GORGEOUS scene Trumpeter Swans with Water lilies makes♡♡♡ In my city park, might have been able to see the same scene, what if... Haha, no more grumbling. Great shot, EG.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Fun60 said...

I have not heard of this type of swan before but aren't they the most elegant of swans.

Arija said...

Makes me think of 'Swan Lake' . . . a plighted pair gliding through waterlilies.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi EG. These are wonderful shots of these swans, never seen that species. The reflections and water lilies are fantastic.

Hannah said...

The swans are so beautiful, and the blooming water lilies and lovely water make great photos! It's terrible that they were all killed and wonderful that they could be re-introduced.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome! I love both the swans and the waterlilies.

Englepappa said...

Really beautiful pictures!

Esther Joy said...

Glad to learn the differences in the swans, and so interesting how the babies were raised!

Jack said...

I love your water lily photos. I have tried numerous times to photograph these lilies, but somehow I manage to blur them into one blob of white, not with clear petal separations like you achieved.

Rose said...

Beautiful shots...and I must say I LOVED reading that line that started 'yesterday my husband and I...'

Ida said...

Wonderful swan photos. They are such graceful birds. I enjoyed reading about how they were reintroduced and how clever of that volunteer to tint the baby cygnets feathers.

Nette Cecilia said...

Its like a fairytail ,nette

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful!
I never saw a Trumpeter swans in person...only on documentary film.

Marie said...

What a fabulous survival story for the Trumpeter! Thank goodness for a little ingenuity! They are magical and I love your water lily too!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a fascinating story and a happy ending! And beautiful pictures. Love this!

Stephanie said...

Love the water lilies!

janiceadcock said...

Simply beautiful.

kelley jensen said...

How beautiful

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