I had a closeup encounter with a beautiful Trumpeter Swan while kayaking on the Little Hill River a few weekends ago. The sound against the silence added so much to this moment. It first started honking a bit, then spread it's wings & started flapping. For a moment, knowing I was intruding on it's territory, I thought it might come charging at me. Instead it ran across the water taking flight around me in a semi-circle. I snapped some split second photos.
The Trumpeter Swan is the largest existing species of waterfowl, usually only found in pristine wetlands with minimal human disturbance. There is a pair of them that nests every year on the small undeveloped lake at the end of the road we live on. They're beautiful & I have enjoyed them for years.
Last week, very close to this little lake, I saw a pair of Trumpeters taking off flying north, I believe they were our familiar pair.
In the wild, these birds live to at least 24 years. I look forward to their return next year.
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