Rare Wild Trumpeter Swans~

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graceful ballerinas,
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plie’ in black stockings.
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Mating for life,
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there were only 70 left!

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With care and concern,
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there now are almost 40,000.
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Cheers to you from Yellowstone’s Wild Trumpeters~
Note: Trumpeter Swans are the largest swan in the world with wingspans reaching over 3 meters. In 1933, because of extensive hunting, there were only 70 left. They were on the brink of extinction. A breeding population was discovered in Copper River Alaska that was used to reintroduce swans to their native environments. Trumpeters require pristine habitats, today they are threatened by habitat degradation. These swans were photographed in their year round home in Yellowstone National Park. The water in The Yellowstone River has thermally heated areas that allow the swans to survive the harsh Wyoming winters.

188 thoughts on “Rare Wild Trumpeter Swans~

  1. Beautiful and I love trumpeter swans. e love 40 minutes from the satrap Valley in the state of Washington, and there are several large natural run off ponds full of them. Wee g up right before sunrise on sum mornings and wait. As the sun rises they fly into the sky makes that unique sound. This is one of our fav things to do on warm summer mornings at sunrise.

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  2. Hello Cindy! Oh my God the swans are gorgeous! I have lakes near my home I wish I could have these swans there. I would spend so much time admiring them. When I read there were only 70 left my heart almost stopped. I was so happy when I read that there are now 40,000. Thank you Yellowstone! Amazing pictures! ❤

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    • Yes, there are many iconic Americanv animals that would be extinct now if individual conservationists hadn’t stepped up to the plate to save them, such as buffalo, big horn sheep and trumpeter swans!

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  3. Cindy, about those 3 meters…, were those electric meters, or parking meters??? The birds and their story is wonderful. I watched this recovery effort for years and am really pleased it was so successful. Loved that waterfall, and the sunset. Sunsets out there were always to short and sudden. Just when you begin to enjoy it…, it’s gone !!! Hugs ! 🙂

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    • Yes, so true about the rapid sunsets. Not at all like the ocean where the sunsets develop so slowly people watch them during the cocktail hour! I also remember trumpeters being almost mythic when I was little as they were still making their comeback. I saw them once in the Tetons and three times on this trip. That is the sum total of times, and I go to the parks a lot!

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  4. Incredibly interesting! I’d love to see a Trumpeter Swan. I see swans regularly on the High Park Pond. (It’s a very, very, very large pond) & I see them on Lake Ontario (across the street & over the footbridge) One day Sherrie & I saw Black Swans on the lake. It was a family of Black Swan’s …mom, dad…. kiddies.
    Of course I had no camera.

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    • Wow! How incredible to live amongst such beauty, especially the entire family of black swans. You must live in the most incredible place. Might you post some clicks of your very, very large pond, (In Southern California, we would call this a great lake!) and Lake Ontario????? With or without swans. I know it’s drop dead gorgeous and I’ve never seen it, so pretty please, if you want to, of course! Hugs and Happy Friday~

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  5. Gorgeous swans!! I’m happy the reintroduction has been successful, but we’ll need to be careful about the environment…for these swans and so many other species.

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      • I asked my uncle once. He said hunting wasn’t about the deer he would bring home every year, but about the silence. Long days of silence. But I didn’t understand that either. I love chatting and doing and making. I would love to photograph wildlife like you do.

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      • I can understand the appeal of being out in nature for long stretches, the solititude, and quietness. I love all of this, but the only shooting I can relate to is with a camera. It was interesting in Antartica, where many animals don’t see people. They come right up to you and check you out. Penguins peck at your coat buttons. Whales spy hop you repeatedly to stare. I wonder what it would be like today if humans had never hunted animals for sport? Substistence needs, yes, but not sport. I wonder how much less afraid and fierce the animals might be.

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