This photo of two Trumpeter swan mates gazing at each other was taken at Nine Pipe Bird Refuge, in the Mission Valley, Montana. I had gone up to the refuge to get some shots of the birds. I had been watching several swan mates and these two caught my eye, with their unique coloring.
The light was just defused enough to capture the color. You can really see the expression of swans and how they seem to be so fond of one another. They continued to swim around, watching each other, and communicating through movement and sound. The swoop of their long necks, their unique communication and the sheer size of the birds is fascinating!