Trumpeter Swan Society Photo of the Month – JUNE 2009

Mike Dunn - Trumpeter Swan Takeoff in Yellowstone Mike Dunn – Trumpeter Swan Takeoff in Yellowstone

Professional Photographer & TTSS Photo of the Month Host Greg Smith says:

Mike Dunn’s image of a Trumpeter Swan taking flight in the middle of the Yellowstone winter elicits thoughts of elegance in its tones. In this outstanding color photograph that is displayed in shades of black and white, Mike was able to capture each feather’s detail along with droplets of water in the foreground. The ethereal feel of this photo is enhanced by an all-white bird against an all-white background – an incredibly challenging photographic situation that was met with success!

Mike Dunn – Featured Photographer of the Month
Our featured photographer, Mike Dunn, lives in Chatham County, NC , where he has worked 18 years as an educator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Favorite photography spots include his local area, Yellowstone National Park and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Plymouth, NC. He has had articles and photographs published in Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, Carolina Country and is a frequent contributor to the Museum’s Naturalist magazine.

Mike conducts workshops every winter along the North Carolina coast to experience the magic of Tundra Swans in their winter home and has helped band swans on several occasions. Of this photo he says, “Seeing Trumpeter Swans in Yellowstone is magical. This shot was taken one gray morning along the Yellowstone River as it winds its way through Hayden Valley. The slapping sound made as they run across the water to get airborne is something that sticks with you – I can hear it every time I look at this picture.”



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2 Responses to “Trumpeter Swan Society Photo of the Month – JUNE 2009”

  1. J. R. Lince-Hopkins Says:

    So, How do we submit photographs of T. Swans for use by the TTSS site?

    • trumpeterswansociety Says:

      Thank you for asking! You can email Peg Abbott, Outreach Coordinator direct at She can accept a few images (up to about 10MG per email) but its best if you have them somewhere she can look, such as a gallery or flickr / Pbase, etc if you have a lot of images. A few photographers have sent us images on a CD, but we can accomplish communication by email. I just ask to start a fwe at a time, in case the mailbox is full at a time like our Trumpetings publication time. I am looking for photos for our next issue in March. And we can always use images to share on our Blog or ENEWS. Greg Smith handles our Photo of the Month feature, and I’m happy to pass some on after review for consideration. Peg Abbott, TTSS Outreach Coordinator

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