I thought the swans and ducks had fled south long ago in search of open water. But I found a stream that was still running between two of the lakes in the Vadnais Reservoir system, and sure enough it was teeming with swans and mallard ducks.
Although there were a lot of swans in this small area, the Trumpeter Swan is actually listed as “threatened” in Minnesota, due to lead poisoning (from lead shot in lake sediments), habitat loss, and encroaching and competing populations of Mute Swans.
The late afternoon light was difficult to work with — overexposing the swans and underexposing their surroundings. I like the blue water in this shot.
This group of about 40 swans was relatively quiet, with only occasional trumpets from the adults that sounded more like car horns than trumpets. But when they really get going, they sound like this…and you can almost imagine a Trumpeter Swan orchestra.