Jul 192012

Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)by the thousands overwinter in the Great Salt Lake area, it is not uncommon to see huge flocks of themat Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area in northern Utah.

Tundra Swans used to be known as “Whistling Swans” because of the sound their wings make in flight and when hundreds or thousands of them fly over it is a delight to hear.

Tundra Swans in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed these swans in February of 2011 on a bright, chilly morning. Their beautiful white plumage against the sky is always a joy.


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Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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