Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator

Trumpeter Swan,
                      displaying, 5/29/11, Jim Lake, Palmer, AK
This Trumpeter Swan, presumably a male because it is displaying, was one of a pair on Jim Lake in Palmer, in the Mat-Su Valley west of Anchorage, on my visit to Alaska, a place we were taken to by Wasilla bird guide and photographer Doug Lloyd, an excellent guide and very good company.

Trumpeter Swans,
                      adult pair with cygnet, 7/30/09, Schambo Pond,
                      Centennial Valley, Montana
Trumpeter Swans are a specialty of the Greater Yellowstone area; I found this pair in the Centennial Valley, a remote and beautiful area west of Yellowstone Park in Montana. I could only shoot this pond from the road, quite a distance, so I wasn't able to get a photo as sharp as I would have liked, but I was delighted to have my first view of this species.