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Keywords:Cygnus buccinator, National Elk Refuge, Swans, Wyoming, Wyoming Web Gallery
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Dimensions3533 x 2523
Original file size2.52 MB
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Look at Me

Look at Me

The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) was once threatened with extinction. In the mid-1900’s Jackson Hole was one of the last habitats for their survival. Fortunately, their numbers have increased.

Although they can be observed in the area, including Yellowstone, it is still a thrill seeing them. On this October morning there were a few on Flat Creek feeding, swimming and preening themselves. As part of waterfowl behavior, at the completion of preening they usually extend their wings and flap them to shed excess water. This swan seemed to be a bit of a showoff.