Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)

There are swans, and then there are Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator). As the name indicates, Trumpeter Swans demonstrate a distinctive way of communicating, (if humans could just understand what they're saying.)

As juveniles, trumpeter swan cygnets transform from little white fluffballs...

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...to brown-tinged adolescents...

...to the brilliant white plumage of adults. All this takes about a year.

Another indication of an immature trumpeter is the orange beak, rather than the black beak of an adult.

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March 27, 2012

Hanbaoluan

The pictures are beautiful!

March 25, 2012

Nero67

Beautiful images!!!

March 22, 2012

19838623doug

Nice
Doug

March 22, 2012

Egomezta

Great images, good luck.

March 22, 2012

Mariaam

Beautiful swans and great photos!

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