Iceland’s Whooper Swans~

Whooper Swans are the Eurasian cousin of North American Trumpeter swans.

They breed all over Iceland, and some overwinter in the thermally heated parts of Lake Myvatn. Interestingly, their North American Trumpeter Swan cousins do the same thing, spending winter in the thermally heated parts of the Yellowstone River.

These beauties are aptly named as they certainly seem to enjoy trumpeting!

Whooper Swans mate for life,

and their cygnets, and grown offspring, often overwinter with them.

Cheers to you from Iceland’s beautiful swans~

229 thoughts on “Iceland’s Whooper Swans~

      1. I’m ready to hear about any and all adventures!!! And the fact that see so many fabulous discoveries is astounding. With your photography and words you share the world. The world is a beautiful place.

      1. Without a doubt. What a shame we don’t respect and care for her but seem bent on her distruction. Sorry, one of my soapbox issues, like what is going on in Washington… Bisous mon amie, Cindy.

          1. I cannot bear what is going on there. My poor felines have to perform countless therapy sessions… You are correct. We; have much to learn from our more civilized friends. Alas, we have to be intelligent enough to follow their lead. xx

    1. In Lake Myvatn, parts of the lake are thermally heated from volcanic activity. These keeps the water warmer and ice free during winter. Swans must have open, unfrozen water to survive. They fluff up their feathers like down coats, trapping heat, and go into a sort of torpor, conserving energy. They must also consume more calories to keep generating body heat.

  1. They are as beautiful as theirTrumpeter cousins, although I do see the difference. These gorgeous creatures have been captured wonderfully by you, dear amazing Cindy!

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      1. Are they as talkative as Canadian Geese? (Who also mate for life.) Thanks, Cindy. I confess to missing the wilderness although i could probably pass on hiking up mountains on hot, smoky afternoons! –Curt

        1. Hot, smokey, doesn’t work for me either. That must have been rough. They talk differently than Canadian Geese. The swans are more consistently melodic. (Don’t tell the geese I said this!)

  3. Beautiful birdies. I saw a small warbler that I hadn’t seen before on a branch above my feeder.
    An American Redstart. I hope to see it again… but it might have just been passing through to warmer climes.

    Cheers from another rainy day here – Jules

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      1. My mom was “bit/pecked” in the neck by a swan when I was a kid. And our geese used to chase and hiss at my brothers and me. Needless to say, we grew up with an ingrained fear of waterfowl. Ha ha. So I’ll just have to take your word for their friendliness. 😀

        1. That must have been terrifying for you. An angry swan is a formidable creature, even for an adult. Geese are great watchdogs, but can be somewhat indiscriminate. Birds are highly sensitive to approach by humans.

  5. These Swans are beautiful. We see a few ducks around here and on occasion geese as they migrate but swans I rarely remember seeing unless it’s a sanctuary situation. Guess I don’t get out enough. 😉 Your photographs are amazing as always.

  6. They are beautiful aren’t they. We seldom see them in Alberta, but they do reside in some parks where they’re cared for with heated house and a warming pond that stays open over winter. I loved watching them in Lucerne, Switzerland against the local views. xK

  7. The strange thing about these birds they come to Burlington Ontario in winter time. The place they staying over winter is Lake Ontario near the huge steel plant. It seems to me the water is not really clean enough there. However they are there every single year and thanks people can survive even when the winter is pretty cold.

    1. You are quite perceptive. Yes, it does have an abnormal neck. It wasn’t in pain and was eating fine, so I assumed it was either a healed injury or a malformation. Thanks for looking closely Charlotte!

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