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    Swans

    So who here can guess which of these pictures is of Tundra Swans, and which is of Trumpeter Swans?




    Feel free to zoom in and have a good look if that helps!
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    oh thats a tough one. I'd say the top pic of the group is trumpeters, and the bottom is tundra. but I don't see many swans out here so I'm not too great at ID on them
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    I figured I'd see if you guys could guess right, I posted it on IG and only one person guessed

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    Doesn't look like anyone else has noticed.

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    What's the answer?
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    You got them reversed

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    d'oh! heh oh well, so whats the best way to ID them?
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    There actually isn't really a sure fire way to differentiate them, unless they happen to be side by side. Trumpeter is the largest waterfowl, so it sticks out a bit. I knew because these birds were calling and I saw tundra swans right before. Sometimes the facial skin can be used, the tundra the eye is usually more distinct from the black on the face. Tundra swans often have lots of yellow on the face as well. I used the edge of the bill where it meets the feathers–usually fairly straight in the trumpeter and has a small part that juts out in the tundra. Also used the breast–neck area. Tundra it's going to be smooth, trumpeter it has a very shallow "v". There's other methods as well but they aren't always 100% accurate.
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