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.
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Nice to see that you and your hubby are out and about... with your camera of course. :)
Lovely swans. They are so delicate and beautiful, and the lilies are so great.
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they look so slender and lovely swimming in unison like syncronised swimmers. Lovely photography and location
That last image could have been an oil painting.
You are fantastic photographer and you.Your blog is amazing.
I'm glad they're making a comeback, they are such elegant birds. And love your water lilies. :)
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.
There are swans on the reservoir on Millard St in S'ville.... they come back every year and have some babies.
Oh they are so beautiful I am so glad it worked. Hug B
Glad you and Hubby are out and about again. The swams are beautiful as are the lilies.
They are really beautiful!
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
doubly beautiful....the swans are quite in sync, as are those gorgeous lilies!!!
Amazing that they tinted the feathers and it worked. The swans are lovely, especially like the pic of the two close together.
Nice back history on their come-back.
Beautiful pictures and heartwarming story of survival.
beautiful pair in a PERFECT setting!
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!
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!
Nice to see them making a come-back!
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
So happy the trick worked. Great photo. WOW! EG!
The reintroduction of this species is fascinating! I'm glad they are able to thrive again. They are beautiful.
These are absolutely magnificent EG, the lilies really add so much to the delightful scene!
Superb captures of such gorgeous swans, EG!! Magnificent indeed!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!!
Such elegant creatures amid those pretty blooms. Beautiful.
Such beautiful birds!
Fascinating story!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.
What beautiful creatures they are, and those waterlilies are gorgeous!
What a wonderful story about the repopulation of the trumpeters!
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!
I didn't know that!
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Great shots of the Swans and water lily ~ beautiful ~ for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^
artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
So pretty. Glad they were able to bring them back.
i am a fan of the water lilies ... gorgeous shots!! ( ;
have a "cool" summer.
Your photos make my eyes see happy every single time!
beautiful shots. i love swans and ducks swimming on a pond. they are so peaceful.
The Swans among the Waterlilies makes for a perfect picture.
The swans are so graceful!
They would make such wonderful greeting cards.
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.
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I have not heard of this type of swan before but aren't they the most elegant of swans.
Makes me think of 'Swan Lake' . . . a plighted pair gliding through waterlilies.
Hi EG. These are wonderful shots of these swans, never seen that species. The reflections and water lilies are fantastic.
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.
Awesome! I love both the swans and the waterlilies.
Really beautiful pictures!
Glad to learn the differences in the swans, and so interesting how the babies were raised!
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.
Beautiful shots...and I must say I LOVED reading that line that started 'yesterday my husband and I...'
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.
Its like a fairytail ,nette
I never saw a Trumpeter swans in person...only on documentary film.
What a fabulous survival story for the Trumpeter! Thank goodness for a little ingenuity! They are magical and I love your water lily too!
What a fascinating story and a happy ending! And beautiful pictures. Love this!
Love the water lilies!
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