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Wing Banded Swans? #6344439
10/09/18 11:03 PM
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Jonathan Offline OP
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Are the swans I saw this evening near dusk at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Genesee County, New York Tundra Swans? There were two wing banded white adults (yellow tags on each wing of both) with 6 adult-sized juvenile/yearlings that were very dusky colored.

They were resting and feeding at the south edge of the Cayuga pool in front of the parking lot - observed at a distance with my long telephoto lens.

My images for documentation and ID reference for the photo session are in this Flickr album.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmru7ed4

Is it safe to assume they were seasonal migrants on a rest stop here before moving further to the Atlantic Coastal area to overwinter? That refuge is 40 miles east of Lake Ontario.

Hard telling when and where they were captured and tagged with those wing bands. From my experience over the years all tagged waterfowl were marked with numerical coded metal leg bands.

Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

Jonathan


Camera Gear: Canon EOS 7D-MK-II, Canon EF-S 10-22mm, EF 28-135mm, EF 100-400mm and EF 400mm lenses.



Re: Wing Banded Swans? [Re: Jonathan] #6344541
10/10/18 06:33 AM
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They were identified as Trumpeter Swans that have been in that marsh complex area for nearly two weeks.

Jonathan


Camera Gear: Canon EOS 7D-MK-II, Canon EF-S 10-22mm, EF 28-135mm, EF 100-400mm and EF 400mm lenses.



Re: Wing Banded Swans? [Re: Jonathan] #6344606
10/10/18 08:27 AM
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Looks like it was banded in Ontario. Go to Trumpeterswansociety.org. It lists all the colors,locations,etc of the bands.

Re: Wing Banded Swans? [Re: Jonathan] #6344634
10/10/18 09:07 AM
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Great Photos Jonathan, ou812 good link for more information!


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Re: Wing Banded Swans? [Re: Jonathan] #6345143
10/10/18 11:08 PM
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Thank you for the comments and net link.

Jonathan


Camera Gear: Canon EOS 7D-MK-II, Canon EF-S 10-22mm, EF 28-135mm, EF 100-400mm and EF 400mm lenses.



Re: Wing Banded Swans? [Re: Jonathan] #6347346
10/14/18 03:08 PM
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Thanks for sharing these pics and information.

Interesting that around the 1800's there was yearly 60,000 Trumpters swan wings and capes sent back to Britian through the HBC. this lead to the near extinction of the Trumpers in North America. All for the powder puss that were SO FASHIONABLE at the time. The specimens were worth more than a beaver hide for many years.

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