Tundra Swans Along The Wildlife Drive

Along the Wildlife Drive at Blackwater NWR there are many large & small pools of water, besides the main bodies of water, the Blackwater River and the Little Blackwater River. These pools of water have various large groups of birds swimming, feeding and interacting. If you have long lenses it is fun to photograph the interactions of the birds. Also it is a good spot to shoot panoramas of them with a longer lens to get more detail instead of a wide angle lens with the birds looking like little dots. Sometimes there are very large groups of Tundra Swans, Snow Geese or Canada Geese with various ducks and other birds thrown in. If you are lucky you can also get mass takeoffs of a flock of Snow Geese or Swans taking flight. The images below are just showing a small section of the long pools of water. I included an image at the end of the Blackwater NWR map showing the pools and the pool names. The map also shows the Tubman Road Trail down the road, which is also an interesting area for photography.

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3 image panorama, handheld, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese & various ducks, etc. at Pools 5a & b on Wildlife Drive. 400mm with 1.4x teleconverter.

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5 image Panorama, handheld, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and various ducks, etc. at Pools 5a & 5b On Wildlife Drive, 400mm with 1.4x teleconverter.

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Photographer phototographing Tundra Swans On other side of pool 5c. 400mm with 1.4x teleconverter.

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Blackwater NWR map showing the water pools & Tubman Road Trail.

2 Comments on “Tundra Swans Along The Wildlife Drive

  1. Thank You Donna! I like to do panoramas. If you use a wide angle lens you get a lot of foreground and background, with your subject birds being really small without much detail on the birds. So panoramas give me more coverage of my subjects. Of course what am I going to do with panos that go from 75” to my longest that was about 240” or maybe more. I am semi-retired now, but at my old studio we printed some at about 15 ft. Just for fun. I am working on some panos from Blackwater of the large flocks of flying Snow Geese and Tundra Swans. Takes a little longer because of more movement of the birds.

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