The fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, comes to mind.
There’s a lot of food in this pond for Trumpeter Swans. They eat emerging aquatic vegetation, hense their long necks come in handy for that type of feeding.
This pond was attracting lots of waterfowl including the juvenile Pied-billed Grebe in the lower left hand corner of this photo. The young Grebe still has the stripes on its’ face indicating that it’s a young one.
This adult Trumpeter may have been getting a little anxious with my presence.
The Trumpeter Swan family was actively feeding the entire time I was there, except for a time out for a little preening.
The whole Swan family, there are 3 young ones. They were born on June 8th, over 2 months ago, and they are slightly more than half grown. I’ve read that it takes 90 days for the young Trumpeters to be able to fly – that’s a long time! And, the adults are flightless for a while too as they molt their primary flight feathers. It will be an exciting month as we watch the young birds grow up.
These birds are amazing as they inhabit more than one beaver pond through out the summer. The other pond where the nest was located is up by the Voyageur Statue. It’s about 3/4 mile through the woods between the two beaver ponds. After the Swans have migrated I will have to take a hike through the area to see how they do it. As far as I know there is no creek linking the two ponds, they must walk.