Tundra Swans
at Middle Creek, Pennsylvania, 2012
March 11, 2012

Although Sue and I had a quiet day at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Pennsylvania, a group of tundra swans (which would be called a bevy) put on a wonderful show.

The bevy took off somewhat out of sight from a corner of the lake. Consequently, it was easier to hear than see them.

The tundras came into view in the distance but switched directions several times, gaining altitude and coming closer until they passed almost directly overhead.

The first is an overall view of the entire bevy.

Bevy of tundra swans

Incoming tundras.
3 tundra swans, incoming

The final photo is a detail of an in-flight pair: beauty in symmetry.
A tundra swan pair

The tundra migration route covers thousands of miles as they fly to the Canada northwest arctic.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, for these photos, taken on 2 March 2012.

My Pennsylvania bird list

Blue-sky tundras   |   An Icelandic whooper swan

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