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Whooper Swam comes in for an ice landing and puts on the brakes | by merigan
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Whooper Swam comes in for an ice landing and puts on the brakes

These guys live all over northern Asia and come to Japan in the winter where the group I photographed come in each AM for bread on a lake in Hokkaido They are very tame and the large birds landing is entertaining except for the fact that it was-15C and my gloves and liners just did not protect enough The area they landed in was partially frozen over and they often broke thru the ice in landing at which time they calmly went into their swan floating position

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Taken on February 17, 2009