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« Reply #60 on: November 13, 2020, 11:15:57 PM »

I don't know what that is. Not a Peregrine tho'. That white streak on the wing is unique.
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« Reply #61 on: November 14, 2020, 12:58:17 AM »

And I wasn't visiting NYC either.  Grin
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« Reply #62 on: November 14, 2020, 01:08:14 AM »

Better not have been in NYC.  Supposed to be out looking for a nice hot beach to spend the winter.

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« Reply #63 on: November 14, 2020, 01:27:26 AM »

That is exactly why I wasn't in NYC... Grin. And a WOO for that picture and reminding me that I better get my butt in gear and find us that island... emot_kiss
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« Reply #64 on: November 15, 2020, 02:35:48 PM »

Our quick trip to the S.E. corner of Minnesota brought us up close and personal with several thousand Tundra Swans. They migrate from up by the Arctic Circle to the Chesapeake Bay area. There they winter and wait out the harsh winter up north.
 
The area we visited has attracted the Tundra Swans due to the abundance of food. It's a backwater of the Mississippi River.  They stay here to feed and rest up for the final leg of their migration. Once the water starts to freeze up, off they go, making a non-stop flight to the Delaware area.


This is just a small section of the Swans. Most stay far out, beyond the range of my camera lens (500 mm) It's awesome seeing the vast rafts of white on the water. Others will stay close to the viewing area, making it easy to get some up close photos.


A large heavy bird, the swans need to get a running start to get airborne. You can see the splashes starting at far left of photo. The webbed feet and lots of wing flapping allow them to run on the water. When a large flock take of all at once, the noise is nearly deafening.


After the noisy exertion of take off, the Tundra Swans in flight are a study of grace and beauty.
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« Reply #65 on: November 15, 2020, 02:40:00 PM »


Yep...lot's of Eagles in the air when we were viewing the Swans. There's high bluffs behind the viewing area and there seemed to always be an eagle or two riding the thermals.

Then there were a few sweeps over the resting Swans. Doubt they were thinking about dinner. The Swans are much too big for an Eagle to take on. Of course if Rick was in the air, he might be having other thoughts about those big white birds. Grin
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« Reply #66 on: November 15, 2020, 02:44:57 PM »


Beautiful MSSLAVE, thank you for sharing.  Looks like it was well worth the trip.   This is fantastic.


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« Reply #67 on: November 15, 2020, 02:47:37 PM »

Never knew I was so interested in birds before.  Or maybe it's just because you're so awesome at capturing them with a camera.  Thanks for sharing love
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