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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese

Two weeks ago the Snow Geese were back - and now the Trumpeter Swans are here, and in bigger numbers than we've ever seen them before.
These photos were taken in a field just outside Sedro Woolley - the Snow Geese are the smaller one in the back of the field, with Trumpeter Swans in the front.  We've rarely seen both kinds of birds in the same field like this.  The sound was fabulous - the loud honking of the swans with the higher, jabbering sound of the Snow Geese.
 Snow Geese on frozen water in the harvested corn field
 Swans landing in the corn field.  The wing span is 6 feet 1 inch to 8 feet 2inches (185 to 250 cm) and they can weight up to 38 pounds (17.2 kg) .
 My new camera - Nikon Coolpix P600 has a shutter lag of only 0.3 seconds - which is fabulous. It lets me get the action picture while it is still happening rather than the longer lag of other cameras which often give you the picture after the action is over.  I got some great wing flapping photos.
 With the sun behind the Swans I had fabulous lighting on the wings.

 In another corn field there was a lot of ice and it held the weight of the swans.












14 comments:

Sunny said...

Beautiful photos! I had no idea these birds were so huge!

Marigene said...

I would love to see these swans, they are so majestic. Your photos are magazine worthy, JoAnn. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great week.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Boy, we get excited to see a pair of trumpeter swans here. It is breath taking to see so many at once and your camera did capture some awesome shots.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday JoAnn.

The Furry Gnome said...

Amazing to see!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

How beautiful these are!

Donna said...

Look at all these beautiful birds...how lucky to be able to witness them

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I would love to see these! You took the most beautiful photos, too! They look like they're thinking they should hurry up and fly South! Come on down!

Lorrie said...

What amazing birds. Great photos.

ann said...

The swans are magnificent. Living here in Colorado, we do get Canada geese and we do see snow geese too, but a real treat happens when a swan or two tag along. Your photos are amazing. You must love your new camera.

Kay said...

This must be so spectacular to see! It's exciting to see yours photos - I can barely imagine how wonderful it must be to see and hear this whole spectacle live. Great shots!

J said...

Beautiful color palette, composition and contrast in textures!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Jo!
You are the second blogger I know of who has a Cool Pix camera that takes such great shots. Karen over at Beartice Euphemie uses one, too.
Many smiles from m & jb

Mary Cromer said...

How beautiful, how exciting to see all of the beautiful birds~

Powell River Books said...

No too sure if the farmers agree, but they are fun to look for this time of year. - Margy