It’s been a great experience photographing the Trumpeter Swans who at once were almost hunted to extinction . Personally, I have never witnessed Trumpeter swans wintering in the numbers that they now do locally in Cooper Landing, Alaska . The winter of 2016 through 2017 I photographed over one hundred feeding on a mid-January afternoon in Kenai Lake and adjacent Kenai River . Although those local numbers are down to around Twenty or ten pairs this winter , seeing and watching their behavior is unlike witnessing any other wildlife. They will usually pair up for life and when a odd number are seen , it’s usually a Cygnet (immature Swan) that is the odd one without a lifelong mate . Often they will isolate a member of a group and that particular swan that has been isolated sometimes will spend the evening alone , sometimes miles from the group that it belongs to . This swan in the picture was one of seven I called in on a foggy morning as the group was scouting the opposite side of Kenai Lake in a heavy fog , the isolated swan had spent the night just below my cabin and I had pushed him into the lake earlier on my walk along the shore of Kenai Lake . As the odd number of seven mature Swans flew along the foggy north shore of Kenai lake , two honks from myself brought them over to my side of the lake where the swan they were looking for was . I thought they would flare off , but they landed within fifty feet of myself and my dog . This is one Landing

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