Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tundra Swans

East Sandusky Bay Metropark, Erie County, Ohio. This vast expanse of deepwater marsh lies in the shadow of the giant coasters at nearby Cedar Point Amusement Park. Nonetheless, this sheltered Lake Erie coastal wetland serves as an important refuge for migrant birds.

I was there late this afternoon, to enjoy the spectacle of approximately 1,500 Tundra Swans. The above photo shows but a small smattering of the birds that were present. Even though they were probably one-half mile off, their loud war-whoops could easily be heard. Few sights are as soul-stirring and emblematic of North America's wilds as is a huge flock of these spectacular, highly migratory swans.

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