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Old Mar 6, 2007, 12:00 AM   #11
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The crop one is nice too - love having those extra mp for that reason.
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 3:13 PM   #12
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very nice tom. were these affected with DDT as so many other avians were. if so why are there still such small numbers. the canadian goose and the bald eagle have made a remarkable come back.

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Old Mar 6, 2007, 4:32 PM   #13
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How about a close up, kind of like a dance thing?
Steve, can you add a sound feature to the page? Think Tchaikovsky! Think Swan Lake! (tadadada deee-da deee-da deee-da):-)

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Old Mar 6, 2007, 5:23 PM   #14
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Swans were actually market hunted until there were none left. The state planted a few pair and is letting them bring back their own numbers. They are doing well and are coming back just fine, but slowly since they don't have as many young as wild turkeys do.

Wild turkeys were gone until the 70's and now there are thousands of them covering the entire state and they even have a hunting season for them.

Canada Geese have always been in great numbers around here. In the southern part of the state you see flocks of thousands flying around looking for a corn field to eat up. The farmers view them as flying rats and hate to see them bunch up in the fall.

I love the body language of the swan while it is walking on thin ice to get to where it can stand and not fall through.

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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:39 AM   #15
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Yeah, it's a wonderful picture.

Here, for the last 15 years or so, trumpeter swans have become a nuisance in winter. They migrate from Siberia and northern Scandinavia and stay around, grazing what they might find in the newly sown fields in daytime. The farmers do whatever they legally can to scare them off, but of course they are protected and there are no offensive means at hand, only scarecrows and such. At night they go to some nearby lake or pond to sleep, if they can find open water. Every evening several hundreds fly over my house, making a h*ll of a noise.In spring, they return to the vast wetlands up north to breed.

Canada geese have also increased in numbers and are now a rather common species also in summer. In winter they even outnumber the trumpeter swans in the fields.

Turkeys, though, can only be found in the freezer in the shop or on the table around New Year.:-)

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Old Mar 7, 2007, 8:52 AM   #16
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What an interesting discussion of swans - Kjell, I like your picture too. The only time I ever see these birds is in captivity - they have several at the Flamingo Casino in Vegas, and they used to have some at Disneyland (it's been probably 10 years since I've been to the park and I know they've built lots since then, so don't know if they still have them. I remember them from my childhood).
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Here is all you would ever want to know about the Swan restoration program here in the Midwest.

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/...birds/swan.htm

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