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Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

One Black Australian Swan pair had a single cygnet on my recent visit to Swan Lake and Iris Gardens.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

The youngster was all about practicing his swimming skills.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

He didn’t get too far from the parents, who were quick to catch up with him if he paddled off.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

Just a little ball of fluff, he exhibited no concern about forging ahead.

 Black Australian Swan Cygnet
Black Australian Swan Cygnet

Owned and operated by the City of Sumter, SC, Swan Lake Iris Gardens is home to all eight known species of swan.

Black Swan Family

The cygnets were learning how to feed, sticking their heads in the water imitating their parents who were pulling vegetation up from the pond floor. The were each in constant motion, turning and dunking, making a family portrait a real challenge.

Black Swan and Cygnets
Black Swan and Cygnets

The three cygnets mostly stayed together.

Black Swan and Cygnets
Black Swan and Cygnets

This fellow started off on his own but quickly turned back to the group.

Black Swan and Cygnets
Black Swan and Cygnets

Owned and operated by the City of Sumter, SC, Swan Lake Iris Gardens is home to all eight known species of swan.

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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

Tundra Swans

The real reason we headed out early yesterday morning was not for the sunrise of my last post, but to see the Tundra Swans take off. We did not get to see where they spent the night or lift off but did catch them in air well after the sun was up.

Tundra Swans in Flight
Tundra Swans in Flight

Around three hundred Tundra Swans are known to winter within South Carolina’s Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, likely descendants of a group that first came here in the 1970s with a flock of Canada Geese.

Tundra Swans in Flight
Tundra Swans in Flight

The Swans flew over us in small groups, mostly headed down the coast. During the day they spread out through the ACE Basin (Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto River Basin), 350,000 acres of mostly marshes and wetlands, to feed. They return to Bear Island WMA each night.

Tundra Swans in Flight
Tundra Swans in Flight

The Tundra Swans will leave SC by early March headed toward their breeding grounds in the Arctic.

Trumpeter Swan

This Trumpeter Swan made a good photography subject as he slowly paddled between the Cypress trees.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan – click photo for larger view

The reflections from these massive trees made up for the lack of light making it through to the water.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan- click photo for larger view

Blowing bubbles next to shore entertained him for awhile. Perhaps this action stirs up some food along with the mud that gave him a dirty ring around the water line.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan- click photo for larger view