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Old Nov 28, 2008, 3:24 PM   #1
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In what's quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for my family, we went out to a pond east of Heber Springs, in the northern part of the state, where a large flock of trumpeter swans arrived this week to spend the winter. Huge and magnificent, these birds are most impressive in the air





Loud wasn't the way to describe the scene with about 50 of the 150 or so birds on the pond together begging for corn from the people who came out to see and photograph them





These birds can be very aggressive and a fairly tall fence keeps the birds and people separated, but nothing's going to stop their dominance displays with each other





Can't wait to go back on Christmas Day.

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Old Nov 28, 2008, 5:22 PM   #2
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love em Paul!
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Old Nov 29, 2008, 2:47 AM   #3
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Really nice, Paul. I think these pictures deserve to be posted in a larger size (800X600).

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Nice to see these - Trumpeters are one of the great conservation success stories, having been nearly extinct in the wild as migrating birds.
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Old Nov 29, 2008, 9:09 PM   #5
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Nice to see these - Trumpeters are one of the great conservation success stories, having been nearly extinct in the wild as migrating birds.
Penolta, a nice conservation story goes with this pond. A wealthy businessman who had a home in the same general area was extremely impressed when the swans began showing up a few years ago, but he was worried about what might happen with rapid development in the area near the pond. He took matters into his own hands by buying the pond and all the surrounding land and turning it into a private conservation preserve.

On the surrounding land, he's planning reintroduction and breeding programs for some other species which are endangered in the wild.

Glad everyone enjoyed the pics of the swans. They are truly magnificent birds. I can't wait to go see them again when I go back up there at Christmas.

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Old Nov 29, 2008, 9:45 PM   #6
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Wonderful shots! Very majestic birds, and a lovely story to go along with them.
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Very nice shots, some of them stay here for the winter where the water stays open.

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no 4 the portrait is a beauty
they are all good though
and a nice story to go with it

hopefully you can get some rare and endangered bird photos too one day
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Great shots, Paul!

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