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.
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