Flying Lessons - Take Off

This Trumpeter Swan hen decided to do some short take-offs and landings while I was visiting their pond. I’m pretty sure one of her intentions was to demonstrate the procedure for her 3 new cygnets. It definitely got their attention and they seemed to be quite impressed!

I spend a lot of time with this swan and her new family and this is one of my favorite shots of their behavior and interactions.

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Sony a6500, SEL200600G @ 600mm, ISO-320, f/6.3, 1/2500, hand held.


Great stop action on this image, Gary. You handled the whites beautifully and I love the water splashes along with the positioning of the swan’s feet. I can see why this is a favorite!