(Still keeping with the Feathery Friday theme; this was a post I meant to publish last year but it got lost in the shuffle so here we go now!)
Driving along at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and here we have a Trumpeter Swan. Trumpeter Swans are the heaviest living bird native to North America with a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet and can weigh from 15 to 30 pounds. This day I got close to seeing just how big was big!
This one flew practically in front of me and at 400mm there is no cropping in this image; it was just that close.
While the one that gave me a bit of a fright, flew right at me and then over my head, it really wasn’t close close to me (10 feet or so above me) it just seemed bigger with it’s wings fully expanded making quite the whoosh noise as it flapped to gain altitude. It reminded me of movies where you hear the flapping of a dragon or pterosaur coming at you.
It’s a pretty bird but is it ever a big one! I felt better just watching them swim gracefully out in the water.
The swan is a majestic bird, Teri. Beautiful photos!
Thank you, Lavinia. You should hear the sound their wings make when they fly overhead…wow!!!
Beautiful my friend!
Thank you, Nancy 🙂