After grazing for some time in a lowland pasture, a pair of Trumpeter Swans gracefully take wing into the brisk winter air.
" ABOUT TRUMPETER SWANS"
Weight at maturity; 16 kilograms ( 35lbs)
Wingspan; 5.2-5.5 meters ( 17-18 ft)
Height; 1.2 meters ( 4ft)
Body length; 1.5-1.8 meters ( 5-6 ft)
Black beak and legs. ( note; beak is longer than the similar Tundra Swan).
Trumpeter Swans are the largest of the swan species as well as all other waterfowl. They are also one of the most beautiful of the water birds!
Trumpeter Swans are native to North America and are divided into three main populations: The Pacific Coast ( pictured), the Rocky Mountains and the Interior. The Pacific Coast population is the largest and breeds in Alaska and western Canada, while they winter south to the Columbia River.
Taken on Jan 9/11 at 2:51pm on south east Vancouver Island at Cowichan Bay area in the Cowichan Valley, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 7D
Lens; Canon 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including 498RC2 Ballhead.
Taken at; 1/1000’s at f/8, 400 mm, man wht bal 6250 kelvin, iso 800.
No cropping and slight sharpening.