The swans have arrived here on the farm.  I was so excited to see them and couldn’t wait to start taking pictures.  I got the opportunity to capture a family of seven who decided to stay a few days and I was there when they decided to take off.

A Trumpeter Swan has to have at least 100 yards to take flight due to their massive size. A grown swan has a wing span of seven feet and weighs close to 30 pounds.

I just happened to be laying down on the other side of the big pond when they decided to take off right at and over me.  A great place to be with a camera!

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When Trumpeter Swans get ready to take off they all talk to each other telling each other to get in a line and get ready.  When you spend time with animals in the wild you learn their behavior.  They start honking and bobbing their heads up and down.  The big guy in the middle starts off first.  The two really white swans are the parents of the group.  The younger swans do not get pure white for a few years.

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I was ready for the take off and was so excited to watch as they walked on water!

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How amazing was that?  Cannot wait until they return.



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