I have seen these trumpeters on the road looking for crumbs. A handful of people are feeding them. This places them in harms way. Please don't feed them. It is unhealthy besides getting them up on the road where they can be run down.
|Photographers Photographing Trumpeter Swans|
|A Stretching Trumpeter in Morning Fog|
Here's another trumpeter picture, same deal, no elk so I kept grinding. I consider this a lifetime shot as a wildlife photographer. This is a trumpeter "bowing up" and threatening a coon that wanted to cross a beaver dam.
|Trumpeter Hissing at Coon Approaching Beaver Dam in Mill Pond|
|Trumpter Swans Taking Off|
|Trumpeter Swans Landing|
Tip: Trumpeters will bob their heads and honk before taking off. If you see this, hang around.
Tip #2: If you see them flying around, nearly always they will land back at the pond. They will fly the whole length of the valley and you can watch them come back to the pond to land. Understand this, and you can get the landing shot above.
These shots are possible year round. If you see trumpeters flying around, get in your car, get to the pond, and see if you can catch them landing, it is a great shot.