We took a drive down the Seward Highway today, since the sun finally made a return visit. After rounding the turn after Portage Glacier, we came upon the lovely wetlands alongside that part of the highway and I spotted…white globs in the water.
As we approached more closely, I suddenly realized that what I was seeing were about 50 trumpeter swans, resting on their migration route! We pulled over to the side of the road, much to the annoyance of several drivers, and sat watching and photographing these magnificent birds.
Adults and young, they paddled along; then all stop, and tip upside down in unison, white feathers pointed to the sky (grey for the young), to feed on whatever it is that swans eat. Then in a wonderful display of power and grace, several lifted off from the water, presumably to continue the long journey to the winter nesting grounds.
What a great day this has been.