Autumn Swans

646 3


Debra Plett

Terrific capture Heather, that new location was a good one. What a beautiful sight to see all those swans together in such a peaceful looking lake.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Debra. It is such a peaceful lake, perfect for all of the birds who nest there and pass through. I'm planning to check back there again today in spite of the cold weather and snow in case some stragglers remain. Some of them hang on as long as there is open water on the lake.

Clifford Dupuis

Great info on these beauties as they migrate. Nicely captured

Heather Mellon

Thank you Clifford, I'm glad I got these last photos before the snow and colder temperatures hit.

Yves Langlois

My artist eye is seduce with that shot Heather. The split screen is magical here. good choice of compo. It is like the background top part is tinted with the blue (or pink) of the water. It compliment so well the water bottom part. The top part has as much interest than the flock of birds in the water, making that a very strong picture. Love it.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Yves for your appreciation of the artistic side of this image. The swans were too far across to get the kind of detail I was hoping for but the view itself is really beautiful and it shows a little slice of the great migration that takes place every autumn and that I feel so fortunate to be able to view, listen to and photograph. It was an experience that I won't soon forget.

Scott Reeve

Informative photo and caption, Heather!

Heather Mellon

Thank you Scott.

It's that time of year again when migrating trumpeter swans take a pause at various lakes in the region to rest and prepare for another leg of their journey southward. Yesterday I found a better viewing spot across the lake from them and was able to capture part of this group of thirty plus swans. They looked relaxed but by the sound of their vocalizing there was a real sense of excitement in the air too. There was another larger group further down the lake but I was unable to get a good view of them through the trees.
Taken By
Heather Mellon
Taken On
October 21, 2023
trumpeter swans migrating autumn on jones lake animal bird swan outdoors water natural_landscape plant fluvial_landforms_of_streams beak tree bank morning
  • Focal: 500
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 7.1

Other Photos by Heather