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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/15/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

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Tundra Swan

(Cygnus columbianus)

Where: East Lake, NC • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: Late in the afternoon the day before this image was captured, we had visited the Alligator River NWR in hopes of seeing a Black Bear or two. What we found instead was a field filled with hundreds of these large amazing birds. Swans will feed on leftover crops from areas where grains have been harvested, although they typically eat aquatic plants by reaching underwater with their long necks. As the evening approached a few groups of Swans left the area. Most weigh fourteen to sixteen pounds, so it takes quite an effort to get airborne. This was a reminder that many Geese and Swan species will roost on lakes at night for safety and then fly out to open fields during the day to forage for food. Perhaps they would return to the same spot the next day? So early the next morning we waited along the roadside of what we hoped would be their return path. Not long after the sun crested the low clouds bordering the horizon, we heard their calls in the distance. Several groups began to trickle in. Some flocks would have only three or four birds, while other groups would contain a dozen or more. Many skeins approached well to our left, way out over the field, but occasionally a few would pass over closely. The amber glow of the low morning light warmed the pure white plumage of this four to five foot long beauty as it headed for its morning meal.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/6400 second • Aperture = f-4 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 500 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~50 Feet • Date Shot: 11-28-14

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