Saturday, February 21, 2009

Monticello, MN



The post for today is the Trumpeter Swan. The top image is of an adult and the bottom is a juvenile. The juvenile has more grey coloring in the neck and head area.

Monticello is said to have the largest winter congregation of Trumpeter Swans in the world. Trumpeter Swans are the largest of the North American swans as well as the largest waterfowl species in the United States. Most Trumpeters weigh in at 21-30 pounds, but some can attain a weight of 35 pounds. They have a huge 7 foot wingspan. Trumpeter Swans form pair bonds at 3-4 years old and usually mate for life.

A fellow photographer friend by the name of Jose Hernandez just started up a blog. We traveled together on this trip to MN. He was an award winner of the National Geographic Photo Contest in 2008. His image of three clashing eagles is the last photo on the link series within "English Edition". If you get a chance take a gander at his blog.

Blue Skies

17 comments:

nessabates said...

So beautiful

Willard said...

Perfect. I like the flight shots!

fishing guy said...

Ken: You do get around for some great captures. I love the flying swan shots.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Once again you have captured the perfect shot Ken.

Bradley Myers said...

I will check him out Ken, I remember the three eagles photo, an awesome shot but only an honerable mention, he deserved better for that photo.

Great shots as always, happy shooting.

Atanasio Fernández García said...

Hi Ken, you get excellent pictures of these beautiful swans in flight. Excellent, like all your gallery. Congratulations!

juanKa said...

Thanks to you for his comments,excellent pictures.

Salty said...

Beautiful Ken, such graceful birds!

gidje said...

The flight shots are great! If you make your way back to the swan park, I found out last week that some swans will congregate at Ellison Park (just a hop skip & a jump down from where you were)early in morning. A friend of mine who does wildlife photography as well, got close enough to take some macro shots. Just a tip for your next trip!

Kekiinani said...

These are really lovely. Thanks for visiting my blog. :) :)
Aloha, Renee :)

T and S said...

Awesome flight shots Ken.

Philip said...

Geart series of shots Ken beautifully caught in flight !!

Misty Dawn said...

Fantastic photos, as always. You are what I strive to become as a photographer.

I'm heading over to check out Jose's blog now.

P.S. I really love your blog header, it reminds me of my dad and his wolfdog every time I look at it.

Stacey Huston said...

Thanks for the link and the beautiful pics.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful birds. Even they can be a bit angry. Liek that you captured them flying. Well done.

Anna said...

That is one beautiful action shot. Anna :)

Natural Moments said...

I love the Swan Photos. I think they are totally cool to watch such a huge bird in flight. I especially enjoy watching them circle to land on ponds and lakes. Wonderful captures.