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Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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22 Comments

GhostBurglar
GhostBurglar 5 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 5 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments.

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 5 years ago

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

Stanislav Greš
Stanislav Greš 5 years ago

SotD ... congrats :)

Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 5 years ago

Now this is what I like to see in a spotting: an awesome photo, a short description of the species and the habitat where you found it, a placement in appropriated missions and a reference for further information. Many congrats, truly deserving of being Spotting of the Day!

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Congratulations! What a beautiful capture!

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

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

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Nice capture, and congrats on SOTD!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Congratulations Gordon

KarenL
KarenL 5 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!

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sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 5 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous birds. Your photo is breathtaking and artistic.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Beautiful..

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 5 years ago

so cute!

Gorgeous !

MIAH
MIAH 5 years ago

WoW

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

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

And for Valentines day to boot. So beautiful!

WOW! Gordon wonderful!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

aww! great capture, gordon!

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Beautiful shot!

Nayeli
Nayeli 5 years ago

Pretty pic! and happy day :)

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

Hudson, Wisconsin, USA

Lat: 44.98, Long: -92.76

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

Reference

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