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Old Dec 26, 2009, 12:29 AM   #1
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I posted a landing sequence of these beautiful birds in another thread, but I can't resist sharing a few more from a cold afternoon in Arkansas. This group of trumpeter swans began wintering at a pond east of Heber Springs, AR, nearly 20 years. The land around the pond has been bought up by a wealthy Memphis resident who has turned it into a private game preserve to prevent the expansion of a subdivision along the Little Red River, one of the nation's premiere rainbow trout streams.

Even this pair of birds seems to realize their beauty in the reflection.



I didn't have a wide lens on my camera, but this shot should give you an idea of the density of the population. There have been as many as 135 birds counted, and a guy I talked to this afternoon had counted 110 today.



The people of the town take great pride in the swans residency, and the arrival each year is trumpeted (I know, bad pun) is the local weekly newspaper. The swans, meanwhile, are more than happy to welcome those who come to see them, especially if they bring shelled corn. Although, the corn does lead to the occasional dispute.



One of the things I find amusing watching them is that a swan chased away from the corn inevitably must display his machismo with a display that seems to say, "Hey, I'm not scared of you."




But, since these swans mate for life, there is the occasional tender moment. (I thought for a minute these guys were going to give me a Valentine's Day heart.)



Going to watch, and photograph, these things has become a valued part of my Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition. (Hmmmm....eat one bird and run out to photograph another....is that a little schizo? )

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Great feather detail for white birds in bright sun. Nice work.
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Penolta summed it up perfectly. Nice job with the lighting and nice action captures as well.

All around a nice series, with a fine narrative.

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All around a nice series, with a fine narrative.

I second that. Really nice (especially that lovely weather), and nice and sharp.
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Really like your swan series - they are such pretty birds and you did an excellent job getting feather detail.
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Very nice Paul!
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Can only echo all the rest - beautiful birds, beautifully photographed! And great commentary as well!
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Very nice Paul! The first and the last being my personal favourites, because they are pictures not of someting but about something.

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