On their annual migration south, Trumpeter Swans are visiting the Lake in threes and fours.
These trumpeters are in the waters beside Kokanee Creek Park.
To my surprise, these swans took flight. The trumpeter is a big bird and must run across the water to pick up the speed necessary to become airborne. This gave me the unusual opportunity to photograph the liftoff. But, why did they take flight? Usually when a swan spots a beach walker, it just lazily moves slightly offshore, so this abrupt departure was unexpected.
Now airborne, one of the Trumpeter Swans flies past.