Trumpeter Swan, Male Mallard Duck & American Coot
I photographed this Trumpeter Swan after a dip in the water, I always wondered why they would rock their body back & forth while staying in one spot, as this swan was doing when I took this image. I've always been a curious child & that has never left me to this day.
[ The information below is from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds ]
To feed, Trumpeter Swans skim vegetation from the surface, dip their long necks underwater to forage, and tip like dabbling ducks with the rear half of their body in the air as they scour for algae, leaves, stems and roots of pondweeds and other plants. They also pump their large, webbed feet up and down to create water currents that free roots from surrounding mud. Sometimes ducks join feeding swans to glean vegetation and feed on insects they disturb.
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