Tundra Swans in flightTundra Swans in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) by the thousands overwinter in the Great Salt Lake area, it is not uncommon to see huge flocks of them at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah.

Tundra Swans used to be known as “Whistling Swans” because of the sound their wings make in flight and when hundreds or thousands of them fly over it is a delight to hear.

I photographed these Tundra Swans in flight in February of 2011 on a bright, chilly morning as they flew over the marshes at Farmington Bay. Their beautiful white plumage against the sky is always a joy, especially when there are wispy, white clouds.