Photographer's Note

Trumpeter Swans and their new Family, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

You've seen these swans before at this earlier posting. They're back with additions (there are actually six) to their family.

These are the resident pair of trumpeter swans in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo which actually began from a donation of a pair of swans 130 years ago. Trumpeter swans were on the brink of extinction - there were fewer than 100 of them in the wild in the 1930s - but they are making a dramatic comeback due to successful breeding and release programs. There are about 5,000 of them now. They are called trumpeter swans because of their resonating call.

They are a symbol of fidelity because they are monogamous and mate for life.

Tech: taken at 200mm focal length, autolevels, resize, unsharp mask, saturation.

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