Swans at Bear River Bird Refuge

The bald eagles here in northern Utah have been very few. I decided to try and photograph the swans that were resting at the Bear River Bird refuge. On one of the days it was raining, which were very few, was my day to visit. It rained the entire drive until I arrived at the spot. Suddenly, the rain stopped and the swans started to move from one pond to the other. I was very fortunate.

A large group of swans at the refuge.

One of the first groups that moved from one pond to the other side of the road.

`After viewing these amazing animals I had to do a little research on them. Among all these beautiful animals you can pick out variations even while they are in flight.

This large group seem very graceful but always loud as they cruise by.

Swans don't like to travel without the company of another and can form flocks of several to hundreds.

In flight, they are steady on the wing with even wingbeats.

Swans adapted quickly to use agricultural fields, which is one reason their populations are doing so well.

During winter and migration, look for the swans in plowed cornfields or wetlands. Also check lakes, ponds, and marshes where they roost and bathe along shorelines and in open water.

Swans are either wholly or partly migratory. The tundra swan is entirely migratory.