Monday, March 16, 2009

Trumpeter Swan

Charlie a.k.a. Whitey was also hanging out at Bluffers on Sunday. This bird is magnificent and stands at least 5 ft tall when he is out of the water and his neck is extended.

This is a great photo from Flickr but not our Charlie.... Hope I can get a photo or video of him in action soon.

Originally native to Ontario, the trumpeter swan disappeared from Eastern Canada early in the 20th century. Restoration efforts were initiated in the early 1980s to reintroduce the trumpeter swan to its former range. Through conservation efforts the Ontario population has reached 1000, with at least 131 breeding pairs, and the future looks bright.

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