Trumpeter Swans - Kevin Bemis

Monitored this pair of sibling Cygnets their first year, from hatching, to their first swim, to their first flight. This particular day they were not getting along too well! Papa Trumpeter passed away days before they hatched, I know because I helped recover him. He died defending the nest. Mama Trumpeter raised these adolescents alone. I watched them fly away for their winter retreat. Bittersweet.