Tundra Swans
at Middle Creek, Penn.
March 27, 2011

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Pennsylvania, is known not only for its tens of thousands of snow geese during spring migration but also for its tundra swans. Although the tundras don't appear in numbers anywhere as great as those of snow geese, the 4500 tundras this year (on March 4, 2011) were a fine spectacle. For that matter, seeing tundra swans is an uplifting experience. They're magnificent, and they sound like incredibly merry revelers.
Bevy of tundra swans

As a group, swans can be referred to as a bevy, herd, or lamentation. A lamentation of swans certain evokes an interesting mood . . . perhaps dating to folk or fairy tales?
3 tundra swans

Whether seen in numbers or individually, tundra swans are beautiful. And they travel thousands of miles to the Canada arctic.
A tundra swan

A few years ago, I photographed at a local lake a number of tundra swans landing in the water. Why don't I upload a few of those?

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, for these photos, taken on 4 March 2011.

My Pennsylvania bird list

Tundra swan patterns   |   An Icelandic whooper swan

Snow Geese

Snow geese video: Swarm Motion (3.8 megs)   |   Every Which Way Swarm (5.5 megs)

Snow geese photos: Swarms   |   Challenged flying


Snow geese video: Brief swarm (1.6 megs)   |   Complex swarm (8 megs)

Snow geese photos: Near and far and highlights


Snow geese video: Flyby (3.8 megs)   |   Swarm (15 megs)

Snow geese photos: Incoming!   |   Swarm sequence   |   Bands

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