Saturday, February 21, 2009
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.