Getting out of the hospital yesterday I knew today would be busy as I wasn’t able to get anything done to prepare for my FL trip while there. It didn’t help : ) that a rarity was found in Stratford. I detoured today to go see the two beautiful Trumpeter Swans, a potential first state record, discovered by Brian Webster at Cranberry Bog Pond on the Stratford/Shelton border, the evening before on his way to get a pizza! Here are the shots I took in the pouring rain, some digiscoped, some not.
The above photos were taken with my larger camera, while the below were digiscoped. Because the swans were rather close, I was only able to digiscope one at a time even at x20. Below are the digiscoped shots. I shot at a number of angles and was able to capture the pointed border between the bill and the forehead that is helpful in distinguishing Tundra from Trumpeter plus the red border on the bill.
This was my first outing in a while and I was really excited to see these beautiful birds. Congrats on an awesome find Brian!
Note: I’ll be returning from FL April 5th. I’ll be making a post each day of that coming week highlighting one day of the trip at a time.