These two swans formed part of the Northern Ponds exhibit. I believe they are Trumpeter Swans.

I’ve always loved swans. They’re so elegant. They’re also quite large and rather mean. I once saw a swan clear a pond of a bunch of Canada Geese that had dared to land in its territory. I always thought of Canada Geese as large birds until I saw one next to an angry swan.

I also once had the misfortune to be in a canoe that capsized, dumping me (and the other occupants of the canoe) into the water right next a nesting swan. I wasn’t afraid of the water, but the angry swan was extremely scary.

However, I still love swans – at a distance.

Taken with a Sony Alpha 500 and Minolta 100-200mm f.5 AF.

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