Every spring hundreds, if not thousands of Trumpeter swans migrate from their southern wintering grounds to their breeding grounds in the Yukon and Alaska. A sure sign that spring has arrived in northern BC is when we see the swans on the Nechako River in the town of Vanderhoof. Our first stop in the early morning is the Nechako River Migratory Bird Sanctuary where the honking of these magnificent birds is a thrill to hear. Watching them from the distance of the shoreline, cameras ready, we wait for them to take flight in the next few hours where they typically head to the farm fields in search of food during their migration.
The grey and white juvenile Trumpeter swan known as a cygnet (pronounced "sig-net") does not turn white until the summer of their second year. Tundra swan cygnets turn white by March of their first year. In the photo above, a juvenile Trumpeter swan rests in the field and was pretty camouflaged by the white snow and brown grass. The photo on the right is a smaller adult swan, probably female due to it's size.
There is always the challenge to capture a beautiful image every time I go out to photograph any wild creature. Sometimes, though, it's hard to control the number of clicks of the shutter during the outing as you never really know when you've got your best shot of the day. It could be that next one! And it's hard not to look back when we decide it's time to move on to the next location, or head home for the day.
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Family Portraiture, Lifestyle, Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is a member of Professional Photographers of Canada, accredited in Fine Art/Photo Decor, Animals, Wildlife, Nature, Ornithology/Bird, Botanical, Pictorial/Scenic, Travel Illustration, and Night Photography and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of Canada.