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Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend Reflection


While down in Skagit Valley yesterday - looking for the daffodil fields, we came upon a fairly large flock of Trumpeter Swans. They over-winter here and we see them often, but not always in large flocks. The farm fields in this area are sometimes temporarily flooded from rains, and small ponds appear.  These ponds are very soon absorbed into the ground, but while they are around, you can finds ducks, geese and swans enjoying the water.  The reflections of the swans in their pond/puddle were wonderful.




 Opposites

They often get their necks in interesting positions

It was grooming time


In a hurry

I tried to get pictures of them  flapping their wings - always a little too late

Folding wings back up


The brown stain on the feathers of some of the swans is from microbes in the soil



And two swans in the grass - just because it is a pretty picture












14 comments:

Crispy said...

They are so pretty!! I wonder if the staining is permanent.

Crispy

Susan said...

Interesting how that distinct shape becomes a boxy blur on the rippled waters. Looks like it was a successful outing (well, except for that wing flapping thing)

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful trumpeter swans and lovely reflection photos ~ ^_^

'Tsuki said...

Those swanns are so gracious... Pretty pics !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loving these! How could anyone not? They're just wonderful.

Kay said...

Aren't they so beautiful? And so interesting to watch, too! They do a bobbing thing with their necks that makes them look a little like they're dancing together without moving their feet. You caught some great shots. I especially like "in a hurry." It looks almost as if they're skating together.

islandwonder said...

So pretty! The grass looked like a great spot to take a nap.

Karen Frost said...

So lovely and graceful. What a thrill to see! I love their black beaks and feet. xoxo

Chel C said...

How lovely to see them in different poses. Beautiful photos. Have a wonderful Easter. Chel x

David Oliver said...

You took some great photos. Your display is amazing.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You got some terrific photos of the swans! I love the skating one.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wow! Love this great variety of swan poses! These trumpeter swans' faces are certainly more chunky than the swans' faces I know! Love how they can curve their neck!

eileeninmd said...

The swans are beautiful! Great shots, have a happy weekend!

joanne said...

they look like ballerinas....