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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Trumpeter Swan

A beautiful warm, sunny day yesterday so I decided to go out to Esquimalt Lagoon again. I was lucky to find the resident Trumpeter Swan on the shore preening himself (or herself). That's the Trumpeter pictured above. To the left I've posted the photo of the Mute Swan I published a few days ago so that you can see the most distinguishing physical difference - the shape and color of the beak. They're both beautiful birds but unlike the Mute Swan the Trumpeter is a native North American bird. It is also slightly larger than the Mute Swan, a European species. In fact, the Trumpeter Swan is the "largest extant waterfowl on earth" according to Wikipedia.


William Kendall said...

Such a beautiful bird. Lovely capture!

Stephanie said...

He is a beaut!

Robert said...

I really do appreciate the time and energy that you've put into creating and publishing this site. Thanks for sharing your photos with everyone. Robert Clark