Monday, February 19, 2018

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swans are our biggest native waterfowl, stretching to 6 feet in length and weighing more than 25 pounds - almost twice as massive as a Tundra Swan. Getting airborne requires a lumbering takeoff along a 100-yard runway.

A trumpeter Swan was located near Hansonville, VA (Russell County) on February 17th. Due to recent flooding a farm field provided a place for the swan.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck; a powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess. Although capable of killing large prey such as cranes, wild ungulates, and domestic livestock, the Golden Eagle subsists primarily on rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs.

This photo was taken in Burkes Garden on February 6, 2018