Growing up- Swan Style

Friends, these late-fall cygnets are Trumpeter Swan hatch year birds.  In October they are getting some adult plumage and turning from gray to white.  Their bills are also turning from pink to black.  In the image below, the white flight feathers are present in the outstretched wing.  Their heads and neck are still very dark gray.  The plant stubs sticking out of the water are what is left of the wild rice on Phantom Lake in Crex Meadows. til Tomorrow MJ

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About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on October 26, 2012, in photography. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Synchronized perfectly – great timing

  2. wonderful photographs.. I wonder if they feel joy in their first flight or if it is just another step in their maturity.. at any rate, they certainly bring joy to those who see them.

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