Which Way is Up

Trumpeter swans will move their necks in so many different positions. The neck on a Trumpeter swan has 24 or more vertebrae and they seem to use everyone, especially while out of the water . Also seen often preening themselves with a natural oil they produce. They will spend most their time cleaning and preening after feeding . A pleasant addition in winter time often seen feeding along the open edges of Kenai Lake and Kenai River

Glacier Blue

A young Trumpeter swan drinks from the glacier fed Kenai Lake . Once almost hunted to extinction, numbers have increased with great success. Growing up here on Kenai Lake and throughout my life , I’ve only witnessed these beautiful waterfowl for a little over seven years . They started wintering in numbers of over one hundred in the winter of 2016-2017 which is the most I’ve ever seen . Since that winter their numbers are down significantly, probably because they have choose elsewhere to winter , not because the overall population has dropped . Very nice subjects to photograph during the various seasons.

Trumpeter Swan

As temperatures drop and conditions get more cold , Trumpeter swans seemed unbothered to fluctuations in temperatures and often Stand on the edge of ice to probably dry off

Most the time in water , but often seen on dry ground to rest and preen themselves This Swan is a little precarious as he steps back into the glacier waters of Kenai Lake

Trumpeter Swan

The winter of 2016 through the spring of 2017 was very picturesque. It was a winter when it did not rain from mid November through mid April . This particulate winter Trumpeter swans numbered over one hundred in mid January of 2017 in Kenai Lake mostly and the adjacent Kenai River .

Climate change is effecting the migratory patterns of waterfowl and birds .In this picture during a very normal winter , Weather that was Below zero produced a ice fog unlike the fog during early winter , still a temperature inversion, these conditions and ice fog are caused by the air being a lot colder than the surface water . A rapid change in temperatures will create this condition which makes shooting pictures in the fog more challenging