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Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator


Trumpeter swans are the heaviest waterfowl in North America. These big birds may weigh as much as 32 lbs. and have powerful wings that span about 6 feet. They are white with black bills and feet. Young of the year are darker with some mottling among the white feathers. Some birds will have a darker neck and head stained in the color of the mud in which they feed.


Wetlands, rivers and lakes. They will feed in upland fields as well.


What better spotting for Valentine's Day than this one? Two pairs of trumpeter swans form hearts. This photo was taken on Valentine's Day in 2011.

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GhostBurglar 10 years ago

Wow what an awesome photo you did a really nice job and it is really lovely how they are making hearts :D

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments.

JanelleL.Streed 10 years ago

Congratualtions for SOTD, Gordon!! :-)))

Stanislav Greš
Stanislav Greš 10 years ago

SotD ... congrats :)

RiekoS 10 years ago

Congratulations! What a beautiful capture!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Beautiful, Gordon! I love that you can see their leg bands too :)

Arya 10 years ago

Nice capture, and congrats on SOTD!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Congratulations Gordon

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations Gordon, you've done it again!

Love is in the air for these courting trumpeter swans in our spotting of the day! It seems only fitting that these beauties were spotted on Valentines Day!


sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 10 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous birds. Your photo is breathtaking and artistic.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago


outsidegirl0 10 years ago

so cute!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Gorgeous !

MIAH 10 years ago


Awesome spotting Gordon,it seems "done",perfect for the occasion,congrats and thanks for sharing

doreen.chambers.14 10 years ago

And for Valentines day to boot. So beautiful!

WOW! Gordon wonderful!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

aww! great capture, gordon!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Beautiful shot!

Nayeli 10 years ago

Pretty pic! and happy day :)

WOW!! Yes...Gordon Dietzman, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, to you and all at PN!!

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Hudson, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Feb 14, 2011
Submitted on Feb 15, 2014

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