Tundra Swans in Flight

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 in flight

Tundra 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 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 swans in February of 2011 on a bright, chilly morning. Their beautiful white plumage against the sky is always a joy.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. You have certainly capture the swans in flight..they are just lovely..

  2. What a wonderful capture Mia! You are so fortunate to be able to see these beauties regularly.

  3. Something about seeing these migrating swans….the soul wants to take wing…..

  4. There is that V shaped flight pattern they have. I read they do this to conserve their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. Also they do it to communicate, to keep track of every bird in the group. Humans have copied this V pattern in aviation with fighter planes, for a whole different reason. What a pity! Nice colors and contrast!

  5. The black on their bodies are like dots in the sky. Carol

  6. Beautiful capture, Mia!

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