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Monday, March 30, 2009

Trumpeter Swans on Interior Lake

The Trumpeter Swans arrived about three weeks ago. They are part of the Pacific Coast population, and every year they spend several weeks in the interior of B.C. resting and feeding before they fly to their northern summer breeding grounds. It is an exciting time of the year in which we have an opportunity to observe and enjoy these beautiful birds.
As soon as they come out of the water, they shake themselves and begin preening.
Sometimes their head and neck feathers are stained, "a result of feeding in areas rich in iron salts" Hinterland Who's Who.

The photo in my previous post shows the lake and the swans and geese on the ice.

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