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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Whenever I am out at Esquimalt Lagoon I always look for this lone Trumpeter Swan who has taken up residence there. Trumpeter Swans are the heaviest native birds in North America and this one is large - and fast. He was paddling along the shoreline so rapidly I nearly had to run to keep up with him. You can also gauge his speed by the bow wave in front of him. Below is a rather large panorama of Esquimalt Lagoon, where today's and yesterday's bird photos were taken. If you click it you will see a larger version. Click it again and it will blow up even larger and you can scroll back and forth to see the lagoon. It's a lovely, peaceful spot.

4 comments:

Andy said...

It's unusual to see a swan on their own... unless the are young and still seeking a mate. I love that panorama. Especially when viewing at full size.

JoJo said...

I tend to stay away from swans b/c they can be mean.

William Kendall said...

A beautiful bird, and a lovely location!

Stephanie said...

He is beautiful!