Tundra Swans Taking Off

Tundra Swans Taking Off

We went back to Bear Island Wildlife Management Area for another try at seeing the Tundra Swans taking off from their overnight resting spot. We couldn’t get very close but we did get to see, and hear, a few.

Tundra Swans Taking Off
Tundra Swans Taking Off

These swans can weigh up to 23 pounds (10 Kilos) so getting into the air takes a huge effort and considerable runway distance.

Tundra Swans Taking Off
Tundra Swans Taking Off

The noise of the flapping of their wings echoing across the pond first alerted me. The ducks and other swans behind them paid no attention.

Tundra Swans Taking Off
Tundra Swans Taking Off

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 1/24/2018

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