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Sandhill Swans

Today was a great day in the sandhills!! The day was windy and partly sunny but it made for a great day of viewing 14 trumpeter swans on a sandhills lake. I love the sandhills! There is so many cool places to see and take in. Anyone that can get away for a Sunday drive should consider a drive to the sandhills of Nebraska.

These 14 swans were simply beautiful to watch, they are a massive bird. It was with great pleasure that I was able to watch and photograph them most of the morning. I was able to see first hand how these great white birds act not only towards each other but with ducks and geese that landed in the same open-water area that they were all sharing. There were only a few tussles amongst the masses!

It was fun to watch the big birds tip-up as they foraged for submerged tubers and roots under the water. At times all you could see were big black feet and swan butts floating in the water. Kind-of made me chuckle.

There were also 5 swans on the Dismal river as I ventured around the sandhills. The swans are definitely in Nebraska right now. The sandhill lakes provide a quiet and secluded area for swans to find open water during the cold winter months; these spring-fed rivers typically do not completely freeze over even in cold temps, which is perfect for swans.

Sorry the video has a lot of wind blowing, but if you listen you can hear the swans calling to each other.


About julie geiser

Julie Geiser is a Public Information Officer and NEBRASKAland Regional Editor based out of North Platte, where she was born and still happily resides. Geiser worked for the commission previously for over 10 years as an outdoor education instructor – teaching people of all ages about Nebraska’s outdoor offerings. She also coordinates the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Geiser went on to work in marketing and writing an outdoor column for the North Platte Telegraph before returning to NGPC in her current position. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and getting others involved in her passions of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

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