Getting around to working on more of my images from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some of the Tundra Swans we saw at the refuge. Most of the time they were far out in pools along the Wildlife Drive. But occasionally we saw some fly by giving us an opportunity for some flight shots. These were on an overcast grayish blue sky day. The higher up the Swans were flying seemed to be a little bluer sky. Because of the gray day I had to raise my ISO higher than I usually use to get a shutter speed fast enough to stop the wing movement.
You captured their formations beautifully. A treat to see birds not seen in my area.
Thanks Belinda! They are fun to watch and photograph! Plus the sound their wings make as they pass by, if close enough, is amazing!
Wonderful captures, Reed!
Thanks Eliza! Swans are one of my favorite subjects! Plus they are a Big target to focus on!
Superb photos of those gorgeous birds!
Thank you! They are fun to watch and photograph!
Your first picture made me want to say “what a great double bill” (and then I realized I’d made a pun). Next came another, then a quintuple. Clearly this was your time for aerial formations.
Thanks Steve! The Tundra Swans tend not to fly in huge groups normally. They sort of break off in smaller groups and go by in waves.
All beautiful images – but the first one of the two swans stands out. Must have been quite a sight!
Thanks Tom! Plus it is cool to hear the sound of their wings!
Lovely flight shots, Reed!
Thanks Donna! Another one of my favorite birds. Their wings make a really cool sound as they fly by if you are close enough.