Monday, March 19, 2012

Tundra Swans 2

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Migrating Tundra Swans on a stop over in Alymer Ontario, Canada to refuel, on their way to the high Arctic Region between Alaska and Baffin Island to breed. Thousands of the magnificent birds arrive in early March to rest before continuing migration.



Last weekend we visited the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area, where it was estimated that there were approximately 5,000 swans there already. Between 10,000 and 60,000 birds will come and go from this area over the next 3 week period.




The Wildlife management team (all volunteers), feed the swans 73 or more bushels of corn a day. The santuary depends on public and private donations for operating.


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38 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What gorgeous birds, Karen! And your captures are fantastic! And, oh, those BLUE skies! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Ellie said...

That is an awful lot of swans - you got some great pictures of them. I love the one on it's own flying in the blue sky.

TexWisGirl said...

wow, these are gorgeous, karen! what a spectacle! :)

mick said...

Migration makes some amazing sights. I especially like the in-flight photos and the one of the single swan is beautiful.

Debbie said...

magnificent!! the flight captures are so elegant!!

are they noisey??

Helene said...

How wonderful to be able to see this! We had 2 swans in a pond near by and, when they flew in, you could feel the air move from their great wing span. Magnificent birds!

Indrani said...

Fly birds thrill me. Great captures.

Janet said...

Gorgeous! I had no idea this existed so close to home. Aylmer has so much to see! For the past two years I have been on 'ladies trips to various gardens, market's, the town of Sparta and all its unique shops. Winter Wheat. Now I would love to see this. Maybe Sunday!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. The birds in flight look great.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Isn't it just amazing to see so many of these beautiful birds at once! Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures.

Lew said...

Great shots of these beautiful birds! I especially like the ones in the air.

ladyfi said...

What beautiful photos!

Joop Zand said...

Great shots Karen....well done.

GREETINGS, JOOP

Henrique Colonese said...

Lindos gansos, bela foto.. Aqui não temos esses passaros livres assim.

http://campechefatosefotos.blogspot.com.br/

Les... said...

would love to be there and see that! *S*

EG CameraGirl said...

I love all these tundra swans! I need to find out where Aylmer is.

HansHB said...

Nice captured!
These swanes are so lovely!
Happy WBW evening to you!

Carletta said...

How wonderful to be able to see this first hand.
Your captures of them in flight are beautiful!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great shots!!

Gary said...

Stunning captures Karen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat said...

What an amazing sight! I love your captures, particularly of the lone swan in flight.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

They are so graceful and just elegant. Excellent shots.

Marion said...

Beautiful!
Bet regards, Marion

Fjällripan said...

Absolutely beautiful photos of the swans! So many there are :)

Andrew said...

Beautiful images of stunning birds...

eileeninmd said...

Amazing numbers of swans, they must be doing well. Beautiful birds and lovely photos.

Springman said...

I am loving this post. Looks like we were seeing many of the same sights this last week. The Tundra swans are sure in a rush to get to the Arctic. That is quite a lot of corn you folks are contributing to the cause, good job!

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous shots, Karen!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How wonderful it would be to view these gorgeous birds in flight. You did a wonderful job wit these flight images!

joo said...

They are gorgeous, and I love your photos!

Stewart M said...

What great birds! I used to love finder the "winter" swans in the UK - they would only visit during the colder months.

Cheer - Stewart M - Australia

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.
I especially like the last one.

Regards and best wishes

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have never seen so many swans in one place and how wonderful to catch them in flight.

Kathie Brown said...

What beautiful photos! What a sight to see, and that's a lot of corn!

Andrea said...

I have two families of Mute Swans on our lake (different channels as they would never tolerate a close proximity) and I feel privileged to watch them raise thier families every year ... but what you are showing us in your pictures is overwhelmng and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Me said...

Excellant pics of the swans. That was a fun afternoon!

Kateri said...

Just beautiful! I've never seen a large flock of swans like this.

Inger-M said...

Swans really are magnificent birds. Great shots!