Montana Outdoors

January 20, 2017

Visitors

Filed under: Flathead river, Tundra Swans, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 5:18 pm

Flathead River

Today I went out to check on the Flathead River again to see what the ice was doing and this time drove up river another 5 – 6 miles. There were several sections of open water followed by other areas where it has ice bank-to-bank and it took the photo above of one of the open areas. On the way back I noticed some visitors on the ice shelf on the other side, some Tundra Swans which are fairly common here but always a delight to see.

Tundra Swans

January 16, 2010

A cold place to rest

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Tundra Swans — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:20 pm

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans

This group first came into view at a range of about a half mile. Their eyesight is incredible, and I thought about that when I began to try to stalk them to within camera range, but I wasn’t quite sure about the sharpness of their hearing. The terrain made it fairly easy to keep out of sight until the range had been cut to about a hundred yards at which point I could tell that their ears are also pretty darn good. As I crept quietly through a veritable jungle of wild rose bushes the thorns tugged softly at my jacket, which has a velvety-like surface designed to be quiet in the brush and I could tell that they could hear the soft sounds from the thorns, enough to alert them but not alarm them. I was pleased that I was able to stalk within range for these photos without alarming the birds and even more pleased that I was able to then make an exit leaving them completely undisturbed.

May 14, 2008

Tundra swans

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:00 pm

Here are a couple of summer residents we ran across the other day while checking out a fishing spot for the opening day of trout season Saturday. Looks as though they are pretty well settled in now.

Tundra swans

They picked a safe and very pleasant place to raise their family this year.

Along the Clark Fork river

Tundra swans

Mother nature even did a little decorating for them.

Unknown flower

February 6, 2008

Swans

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 12:38 pm

Along a lonely stretch of the lower Flathead river yesterday as we returned from a trip to the city we could see these swans on the river. It is the only place around here where I can recall ever seeing swans, and not too often there. They were very wild and I was unable to approach very close to them, so the pictures are not that good, but they are fairly rare around here and for that reason are of considerable interest to me.

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans

My best guess is that they are Tundra swans. Their markings are right, but they seem to be smaller than Tundra swans, which have 5 – 6 foot wingspans. It could be just because of the distance that they appear smaller though. If anyone has a more positive identification, please let me know.

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