Saturday, January 26, 2013

Jan 26, 2013: Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan among the geese. 1/25/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

This Tundra Swan has been present on-and-off on the south lake since 23 Dec. It was the only swan present for most of this period. However, up to 10 Trumpeter Swans have been showing up lately, including the female "7K4" and her two youngsters (this year's brood). This Tundra Swan is one of the 10% of Tundra Swans that do not show the yellow spot in front of the eyes. Compared to a Trumpeter, the Tundra is a bit smaller and the eye is more prominent. For the past three nights 11 swans have flown in after 4pm. The Tundra tends to drift off towards the Canada Geese.

This is a digiscoped photograph (point-and-shoot camera shooting through the eyepiece of a spotting scope).

Wolf. Oesterreich

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