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Posted May 29th, 2016

Beauty and Grace ... and maybe Hormones

It has been a couple of busy months since I last posted anything on this site, but that does not mean I have not been shooting pictures. This one dates back to April 20th, when I headed out to Swan Haven on Marsh Lake to photograph the Trumpeter Swans while they were staging there on their annual spring migration. They have this ritual of periodically spreading and flapping their wings while rising high in the water. I have seen a number of explanations for this sort of behaviour, but in this case it is probably a mating display. It is beautiful to behold and the light that evening was wonderful for photography.
Pentax K-5, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, 1/500 sec @ f/9.5, ISO 400