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 Trumpeter Swan SOLO
28-JAN-2010 Tom Munson

Trumpeter Swan "SOLO"

Turnbull NWR WA

This old boy "Solo" is 33 to 45 years old. He disapears when things ice up and returns as soon as there is open water. No one knows where he goes for the winter. Last spring a female showed up and they hit it off and produced four young. The family returned a few days ago, there are now three young and the mated pair. Pretty cool!

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
1/500s f/11.0 at 700.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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bill friedlander02-Feb-2010 22:12
Beautiful wing display in this lovely pose. Very sharp and excellent light. Love the texture of the ice. V
Graeme31-Jan-2010 16:28
Beautiful capture and lighting Tom.BV!
James Prudente30-Jan-2010 18:09
The old boy looks pretty spry. Nice image Tom. I remember him from my college days doing studies on the refuge.
Carol Breton30-Jan-2010 05:41
He is gorgeous and what a wonderful pose you captured. I did not realize they live so long.
This is a stunning shot Tom. ~
Jay Levin29-Jan-2010 23:28
Excellent story and a great capture, Tom. Love the pose.
Nestor29-Jan-2010 19:49
Great story , but also an amazing story.
Hope he has many more years left.
Very nice image .
Fong Lam29-Jan-2010 16:40
Nice timing on the capture and a great story, Tom......V~
Katie Chew29-Jan-2010 15:13
Beautiful capture. V
Enny29-Jan-2010 10:09
beautiful capture and pose.lol.
heather29-Jan-2010 08:05
He really does look like he's conducting an orchestra.. lovely shot Tom! V
January Grey29-Jan-2010 06:34
Solo appears to be walking on water :) Beautiful image, Tom! Fantastic timing~ V~
Bryan Murahashi29-Jan-2010 05:47
Wonderful capture of this conductor Swan.
Art Parnell29-Jan-2010 04:58
He looks awfully proud and really posed for you, Tom. I had no idea they lived so long.
lou_rozensteins29-Jan-2010 04:45
Poised to begin conducting the orchestra!! Great shot, with superb detaill and exposure. Well done.
hge5429-Jan-2010 03:59
Great shot, Tom. The swans here are always grubbing in the mud, not too esthetically pleasing.
Peter Stahl29-Jan-2010 03:59
Amazing stats and super capture Tom!!! :-)
Larry Peterson29-Jan-2010 03:37
Great wing position perfect exposure. Excellent capture, Tom. Hops its feet are not frozen to the ice.
Jean D29-Jan-2010 03:36
Beautiful capture and thanks for the captioned background, Tom!
Robert Houde29-Jan-2010 03:05
Splendid action capture Tom.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad29-Jan-2010 02:47
Like a concert conductor at the symphony. Voted
Hank Vander Velde29-Jan-2010 02:41
SUPER, well exposed shot Tom and very interesting info. I didn't know they got that old.
Jess. ( Lady.D.)29-Jan-2010 01:26
Outstanding. wonderful to hear that nature takes care of her own, great shot Tom...
Jeff Barbour29-Jan-2010 00:31
Nice one Tom...
Ron E. Trees 28-Jan-2010 23:32
Very nice Tom. I really like the way he is flapping(?) his wings out. I need to go over to Turnbull as it is just a few miles from our home. Great capture!
Ed Goodnight28-Jan-2010 23:13
love it Tom
Sofia Solomennikova28-Jan-2010 23:01
Amazing moment, before touching water! A very sweet story, V