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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Here's a few more shots of the Trumpeter Swans, along with some geese and ducks at their winter refuge.

This group were having a discussion about something.



Millie brought along a bag of corn, and was a big hit with the gang.



One bold goose was even brave enough to eat off Millie's knee. These birds are only this "friendly" in the winter at this spot. The rest of the year they're off to their breeding grounds and keep their distance from humans.



Checking me out.



Here's a look at the "equipment" used to snip off the vegetation they like to eat.



Will be making a few more trips this winter. Nice to have something to shoot, as most of the other birds are basking down south, somewhere.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 3:03 PM   #2
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Great series Bob, enjoyed viewing.

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Old Dec 28, 2012, 2:39 PM   #3
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That is really neat!

Does that one bird have a yellow band around it's neck, or is it some sort of mooring?
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The yellow band is how Wisconsin keeps track of the swans. Not great for pictures, but it gives the DNR the info to help these birds rebuild from extinction (lower 48) I've seen some red bands. Not sure what state they're from. There's one swan (87C) who is about 25 years old. Maybe from one of the original eggs out of Alaska.

Anyone wanting more information about how the swans were re-introduced, follow this link.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdo...180709761.html

Click on the photo gallery photo to the left of the story for pictures of cygnets being banded.
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Great series, I really like the head shot and the open mouth both have great detail
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Nicely done on all Bob, but I really like the interaction shots with the feeding.
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Lovely series. Glad to see they are making a huge comeback.
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