Montana Outdoors

November 24, 2009

Always something new

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:22 pm

While on our wanderings today we ran across this pretty thing on a cold river pond.

Whistling swan, immature

Whistling swan, immature

Whistling swan, immature

I’m far from being an expert on the subject, but judging from the pink bill among other things, I believe this is an immature Whistling (Tundra) Swan. (Photo taken on Thompson River not far from Bend.)

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  1. Wow now that’s a FIND!! Looks like a cold swim though. They don’t seem the slightest bit spooked by you… very nice photos!

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    Comment by kcjewel — November 25, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    • Never know what you’ll run across out here. They seem to do well in the cold water.

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  2. i said “they” think that was another bird hiding in the upper left… that must be snow! now that i have my glasses on it looks like snow. lol

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    Comment by kcjewel — November 25, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    • Yep, snow. There were patches all of the way up to where we hunted and the roads were glare ice for several miles. I guess it’s time.

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  3. I always like these up-close-and-personal photographs of critters. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — November 25, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    • I do too, but usually have a hard time getting close enough to birds especially. This was lucky. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  4. OH Wow! How sweet and beautiful – makes me think of the “ugly duckling” story.

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 25, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    • I thought of that too. This guy may be just past that stage, but not quite to the full beauty of the adults.

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  5. A touch of pink in a winter landscape. They are hardy souls! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Comment by Maureen — November 25, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  6. I thought of ugly duckling no more, too. I hope he can keep warm at night and hope he has some buddies somewhere.

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    Comment by Candace — November 25, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    • He’ll be plenty warm and I hope he has some friends or family near by too.

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  7. oooh, be careful! my mom was attacked by a swan!

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    Comment by silken — November 25, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    • This is a wild one and I think he was happy that I didn’t pose a threat. Nice of him to stay around long enough for a picture though!

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      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  8. all alone? I thought all birds were flock critters. It looks healthy, though. Cool!

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    Comment by Cedar — November 26, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

    • They are. I was hoping there was a flock not too far away: probably was, maybe around a bend.

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      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  9. Oh, how lovely. It is amazing how they survive in the cold. Brrr!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — November 27, 2009 @ 11:44 am

    • They do well in the cold. I have some goose-down clothing though and I know how warm it is.

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      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  10. Beautiful!

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    Comment by kateri — November 27, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  11. Oh my! Well done.

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    Comment by Gerry — November 27, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  12. It’s a beautiful creature! I’ve never seen one before now.

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    Comment by Aggie Aglaia — November 30, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

    • I see them fairly often in several places, but this juvenile was a little different. They sure are pretty though!

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      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  13. Dear Author montucky.wordpress.com !
    Wonderfully!

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    Comment by melvelina — December 9, 2009 @ 6:35 pm


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