December 11, 2023
A Winter Wonder
- as seen by -Byron Towles
While on “safari” during a winter snowstorm, I photographed this trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) in the Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Zoo’s Northern Ponds. If it hadn’t untucked its head from beneath its wing, revealing its black beak and eye, the swan would have been indistinguishable from the snow-covered rocks and logs where it lives.
Several centuries ago, these sizable birds were once hunted for their meat, skins, and feathers, and their numbers plummeted. Trumpeter swans have rebounded. Their numbers are on the rise according to Cornell’s All About Birds.
Canon EOS 20D camera with Canon EF 300mm f/4L lens