The Trumpeter swans have returned to Vanderhoof once again! For the past several years I have traveled 100 kilometers west with my friend Jan to photograph these huge migratory birds. The snow and ice hasn't cleared from the river or fields yet so they are a bit early. There is some open water on the smaller rivers in the area and we found more f these huge birds than usual on the surrounding rivers this year.
On the edge of the riverbank, under the cover of evergreens, we sat for over two hours photographing them as they splashed and honked and nibbled at the submerged goodness they could find in the shallow waters. As we waited we could hear the sound of their wings as some flew overhead from further upstream. The sound reminded me of the hum of windmill blades rotating in the air. The juvenile bird is mottled in colour.
The hundred or so that we found on the Nechako river at the bird sanctuary were pretty far away for any great closeups but they give the chance for some fine art captures. It was fun to wait and watch them take off in spurts here and there, fly overhead and honk. Next weekend, there should be many hundred more if they are on course for migrating north. Time to micro-adjust some of my lens to my camera bodies in hopes of improving the sharpness of my next batch of images.
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Contemporary Family Portraiture, Corporate Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is an Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts.