Snow Geese of Whites Bog
Tundra Swans and the search for T207
I went looking for Tundra Swans today and meet a couple of Wildlife photographers.
I started at Whitesbog and went all the way to back of the bog, a few and ran into Scott Fisher who really knows his birds. He told me of the search of T207 and recommended I might find some nice bird shots at Reeves Bog. So I continued my quest and found the place and beautiful spot loaded with Swans talking up a storm. I also found the landscape to my fine art photography taste and will come back for some sunrise shots. I love these amazing creatures, we are blessed to share this planet with them.
The swans migrate here from the tundra in northwestern Canada and from Alaska. They fly southeast and arrive along the central Atlantic coast in November or December and stay until March. We think they come here because it looks like the tundra area they come from. They also can find food here. These are old cranberry bogs that the farmers don’t use anymore, but they keep them flooded, so they have water in the summer for the working bogs when they need it. Cranberry farming uses a lot of pristine water. The swans eat some cranberry roots, which makes the farmers not appreciate them. They also eat a plant called red root and vegetation we call pond weed. Farmers have things that are like small cannons that make a lot of noise that they shoot off to scare the swans away from the active bogs.
Tundra swans are very shy and this is one place you can get a look at them.
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The tundra swan is a small Holarctic swan. The two taxa within it are usually regarded as conspecific, but are also sometimes split into two species: Bewick’s swan of the Palaearctic and the whistling swan proper of the Nearctic. Wikipedia