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.
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They live peaceful in harmony, gorgeous critters and your pictures are adorable!
It's a good sign that spring is not far behind. Keep on clicking.
They are so graceful.
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
Very pretty and graceful birds.
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!
They're beautiful. My kids love to feed them.
Wonderful photos! I hope you have a great Tuesday.
beautiful! I'm glad to see them in photo form - I would not like a personal encounter - at least, not if they are upset.
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Such elegant looking birds. It they are headed North then spring must be on the way.
i like these dark-billed swans. very pretty.
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!
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.
Swans always make me think of dancers, elegant and smart.. But I prefer to stay away, I know they can bite hardly!
They are a beautiful sight, even if it doesn't always last! I love the white on white, grey, slate, blue here:)
We're beginning to get a few migratory birds through our neck of the woods, too, but none so far as graceful as these!
So gentle and beautiful!
I'm always amazed at how tough those graceful swans can be!
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
beautiful birds/ducks but I know they can be unpleasant.
Swans always look so elegant as they drift serenly by.
Great photos of beautiful birds.
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They're beautiful and you definitely nice to watch them. Yours.
Such elegant creatures! If I had wings I'd go south for the winter too.
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!
Lovely photos of these tundra-swans!
Lovely to study you post!
Tundra swans look so regal and elegant, lovely captures.
The tundra swans are just beautiful. Interesting to learn about the yellow teardrop distinction from the trumpeter swans.
Maybe you seen that I like swans, but this I had never seen before! Thanks for sharing those nice pictures!
Magnificent wildlife photography as always ! Beautiful!
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there are on their way to Michigan I bet! nice shots!
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Great post on the Tundra Swans. They are beautiful, awesome shots.
Oh how I love their graceful beauty!
These are gorgeous birds!
Are they coming over here in SoCal? I want to see them too!
I don't think I have ever seen a swan in the wild. Beautiful!
You so lucky to see so many different birds.
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.
Nice looking birds.
Thank you for an informative post and wonderful images!
Wonderful that you get to catch a glimpse of them on their migration.
Really good info and I appreciate knowing the differences you described.
Slender swans are very beautiful..
Nice Blog.. I enjoyed your pictures.
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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
Gorgeous swans! I rarely get to see them.
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?
Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
they look a lot like whooper swans. Seems to be the coloring that differs. Great shots.
Such elegant birds.
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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