Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

May 25, 2016

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

In English:

When driving here and there in Finland, I suddenly saw swans on a field. It seemed that they had a “coffee break time” there before continuing to the North. Unfortunately, my photography caused them to break their pause and got them to continue their journey towards the north to desert areas. All photos except the last one are from 2009 and the last one I took thru my car’s windshield while my wife drove in autumn 2015. Guess, if my reaction time was rapid, when seeing them, because they came from behind the forest!

En español:

Cuando al manejando nuestro carro aquí y allá en Finlandia, de repente me vi cisnes en un campo. Parecía que tenían “tiempo de descanso para tomar café” no antes de continuar hacia el norte. Por desgracia, mi fotografía les hizo romper su pausa y les tenían que continuar sus viaje hacia el norte a las zonas desérticas. Todas las fotos excepto la última son de 2009 y al última tomé a través del parabrisas de mi carro mientras mi esposa conducía en el otoño de 2015. Adivina, si mi tiempo de reacción fue rápida para sacar fotos, al verlos, porque venían de detrás del bosque!

En francais:

En conduisant çà et là en Finlande,je voyais soudainement cygnes sur un champ. Il semblait qu’ils prenaient” une pause café” avant de continuer vers le Nord. Malheureusement, ma photographie les fit briser leur pause et ils faillaient a poursuivre leur voyage vers le nord de zones désertiques. Toutes les photos, sauf la derniere, sont à partir de 2009 et la derniere c’est j’ai pris à travers le pare-brise de ma voiture pendant que ma femme conduisait à l’automne 2015. Devine, si mon temps de réaction a été rapide, en les voyant, parce qu’elles venaient de derrière la forêt!

Em português:

Ao conduzir por aí na Finlândia, de repente vi alguns cisnes em um campo. Pareceu que eles tinham “hora do café” lá antes de continuar para o Norte. Infelizmente, minha fotografia levou-os a quebrar a sua pausa e tenho-os a continuar a sua viagem em direção ao norte para as áreas desérticas. Todas as fotos, exceto a última são de 2009 e a última eu tomei através do pára-brisa do meu carro enquanto minha esposa conduzia no Outono de 2015. Adivinha, se o meu tempo de reação foi rápida, ao vindo-los, porque eles vieram de trás da floresta!

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Migration of swans / Migración de cisnes / Migration de cygnes / Migração de cisnes

Swans before migration / Cisnes antes de la migración / Cygnes avant la migration / Cisnes antes da migração

94 Comments »

  1. Fascinating & beautiful! 💛 Elizabeth

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — May 25, 2016 @ 06:59 | Reply

    • Hello Elizabeth.

      How nice to read that You loved my photos. Thank You commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 10:09 | Reply

  2. J’adore les voir en vol (mais cela fait beaucoup de bruit. Hier matin en me rendant au travail 3 cygnes volaient au dessus de la route et je n’ai pu me retenir des admirer. De belles photos comme toujours.Des bises

    Comment by Sophie L. — May 25, 2016 @ 07:08 | Reply

    • Bonjour Sophie.

      Je vous remercie vivement pour votre si gentil commentaire. Je vois très rarement des cygnes ou d’autres grands oiseaux, donc je pense que je était chanceux.

      Ayez une belle journée. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 10:19 | Reply

  3. How interesting and what a great photo opportunity! I have seen many swans by the seaside but none on a field! I guess they need their rest too🙂

    Comment by Suvi — May 25, 2016 @ 07:26 | Reply

    • Hello Suvi.

      Actually, I see very seldom in pure nature swans. Normally in lakes, but not on a field indeed. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 10:30 | Reply

  4. Wow. I love those whooper swans. In helsinki mute swan is more common than hooper swan. I have seen some of them few years back in the swamp area of viikki. they are beautiful.

    Comment by somdattadeb — May 25, 2016 @ 08:01 | Reply

    • Hello Somdattadeb.

      Oh, I did not think if they are whooper or mute swans, but You are right. When moving back to Helsinki, I must visit to Viikki also. Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 12:42 | Reply

  5. Superb photography……………

    Comment by v4vikey — May 25, 2016 @ 08:05 | Reply

    • Hi v4vikey.

      Thank You commenting my post and loving my photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 12:51 | Reply

  6. Your photos are fantastic, Swans look amazing when they fly with their long neck.

    Comment by utesmile — May 25, 2016 @ 08:10 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Very nice to read that You loved my photos. Swans are magnificent birds and it is “cool” to see how they are taking off. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 12:56 | Reply

  7. Swans are so beautiful and cute, aren’t they? In Hokkaido ,Japan, we can see them from October to April. It’s quite moving that they travel long distance. Your photoes are also fantastic.

    I’m also impressed by “Cackling Goose” in the forth picture from the top!

    Comment by superkamui — May 25, 2016 @ 08:38 | Reply

    • Hello Watayuki.

      Yes, it is amazing how long trip they fly. This was exceptional that they were on a field, not in water. Probably they were hungry. So, You noticed the goose among them.🙂

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:04 | Reply

  8. Beautiful birds, indeed. I’m also fortunate enough to have ‘a’place of swans’ not too far away!

    Comment by Seenorway — May 25, 2016 @ 09:20 | Reply

    • Hi Seenorway.

      I see so many swans very seldom in the nature. I think that I was lucky. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:06 | Reply

      • They do have special places which they favour. Once you find such a place, you’ll always find swans!
        In a particulat spot in the river near by, there are very seldom less than 15-20 !

        Comment by Seenorway — May 25, 2016 @ 19:31 | Reply

        • Hi Seenorway.

          Thank You for Your additional info.

          Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 10:18 | Reply

  9. The figure that a swan flies is very beautiful. Which month is it in Finland that a swan leaves for the north?

    Comment by wakasahs15th — May 25, 2016 @ 09:29 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15.

      Thank You. Well, they migrate in April / May. These photos I took in May many years ago. My personal opinion is that birds know better than weather prophets do, when it starts to warm.🙂
      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:13 | Reply

  10. Magnificent creatures! Are they Whooping Cranes, as mentioned by somdattadeb?

    Comment by Yvonne — May 25, 2016 @ 09:41 | Reply

    • Bonjour Yvonne.

      Yes, I think also that they are Whooping swans also. Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment.

      Buona giornata.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:16 | Reply

    • Bonjour Yvonne.

      Yes, I think also that they are Whooping swans also. Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:16 | Reply

  11. Wunderschön wünsche einen schönen Tag lieber Gruß Gislinde

    Comment by giselzitrone — May 25, 2016 @ 10:04 | Reply

    • Hallo Gislinde.

      Ich bin glücklich, es hat euch gefallen. Ich bin glücklich, es hat euch gefallen.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:40 | Reply

  12. What a delight. I forget that swans can be white – ours on the Derwent River are black swans. So your photographs were wonderful.

    Comment by Tasmanian traveller — May 25, 2016 @ 10:25 | Reply

    • Hi Tasmanian traveller.

      Black swans are rare i Finland. I have never seen one. Thank You for Your comment and visit.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 13:58 | Reply

  13. Just a wonderful post….
    Love all the photos !…
    They look so unusual , I mean the swans are portrayed in such an original way!
    Bravooooo!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — May 25, 2016 @ 10:29 | Reply

    • Ciao Anna.

      How nice that You loved my swan photos, I am happy. Thank You for Your comment.

      Passa una splendida giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:06 | Reply

  14. I love your last photo.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — May 25, 2016 @ 12:04 | Reply

    • Hi Carol.

      Thank You. I had my camera on my knees, when I saw them flying. On the both side of the road, there was forest when they flew over the road, so I had to take the photos extremely fat – and I succeed.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:17 | Reply

  15. What beautiful creatures. I love that the Canada goose snuck in there with them in one of your photos😊

    Comment by womanseyeview — May 25, 2016 @ 12:54 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Canada goose was a surprise to me and it was at home, when I saw among my photos.🙂 Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:22 | Reply

  16. To see the sight of swans fly in the background of the green in Japan is difficult. Because it is a bird that has been popular as is because winter bird.

    Comment by saganhama — May 25, 2016 @ 13:05 | Reply

    • Hello Sahanhama.

      Thank You for You this info. I love it. I am glad that You loved my post.

      Have a nice evening.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:26 | Reply

  17. The last photo, with the swans against the sky, is especially beautiful! I see there’s one Canada goose in a photo, too! We see lots of those but no swans around here.

    Comment by KerryCan — May 25, 2016 @ 13:14 | Reply

    • Hello Kerry.

      Yes, Canada goose among swans – that is a surprise. I had just luck with the last photo – my reactions are fast. Than You commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 14:31 | Reply

  18. They are beautiful birds, and another of the many miracles of Nature!

    Comment by montucky — May 25, 2016 @ 15:57 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Yes indeed – nature’s miracle, which delight man’s eye. Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 06:58 | Reply

  19. I enjoy your beautiful photos again.
    Great post.

    Comment by 洋子 — May 25, 2016 @ 16:46 | Reply

    • Hi August.

      Very nice to read Your comment. Thank You.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 07:19 | Reply

  20. Great to see the swans during their little coffee break time and on their way to the North! I particularly like the very last photo which you took separately, Matti. I think it’s because of the light/shadow and the silhouettes …
    Your swans in the meadow are definitely whooper swans. The second photo allows a close look at their very specific beak (smaller, more a yellow than an orange colour in combination with black and you also won’t find any hump). Even the more upright positiion of their necks (only moderately curved when walking) seen from the back is kind of a distinguishing feature.
    I liked your post very much. Thanks for showing!

    Have a nice evening!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — May 25, 2016 @ 16:55 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      Thank You for Your explanation and Your kind comment .Now I know more about swans and when next time I see them, Your description helps me.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 07:24 | Reply

  21. They do look amazing skimming the floor as they take off. What a stroke of luck seeing the swans up close like that. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Andy Smart — May 25, 2016 @ 17:18 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Their take off interesting always, because they are heavy. When they start acceleration in the water, it is a cool sight.🙂 Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 09:59 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Their take off interesting always, because they are heavy. When they start acceleration in the water, it is a cool sight.🙂 Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 09:59 | Reply

  22. très joli reportage, j’adore le vol des cygnes

    Comment by Bernieshoot — May 25, 2016 @ 18:06 | Reply

    • Bonjour Bernard.

      Je me réjouie, que vous aimiez mes photos. Merci.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 10:09 | Reply

  23. Good evening Matti,
    They are beautiful birds swans,
    your photos are stunning and it’s a pleasure
    to see them flying in groups like this!
    I wish you a good day.
    Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — May 25, 2016 @ 19:10 | Reply

    • Hello Hervé.

      White swans are gorgeous birds indeed. I am glad that You enjoyed my set of photos presenting swans.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 10:12 | Reply

  24. On ne se lasse pas d’admirer ces superbes oiseaux volant en groupe . la dernière photo est originale : c’est une photo de silhouettes en formation de vol., une pacifique escadrille .
    Tes photos sont toujours intéressantes.
    Amitiés
    Michel

    Comment by fauquetmichel — May 25, 2016 @ 19:54 | Reply

    • Bonjour Michel.

      Moi, j’aime aussi la dernière photo.🙂 Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 10:20 | Reply

  25. Bellísimas imágenes de los cines, muchas gracias por hacernos partícipes de esos momentos.
    Saludos.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — May 25, 2016 @ 20:53 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      ¡Qué alegría de leer tu preciosa comentario! Gracias. Mil gracias por tu visita! Besitos.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 12:26 | Reply

  26. Looks like a Canadian Goose got mixed upo with the flock there near the end of your photos! M😉

    Comment by mvschulze — May 26, 2016 @ 03:24 | Reply

    • Hi Martin.

      That’s right Canadian goose among swans.🙂 Than You loving my photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 12:03 | Reply

  27. Wonderful captures of their flight! Love the image where the goose has wandered in to join the swans.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — May 26, 2016 @ 06:08 | Reply

    • Hi Sue.

      Very nice to read You kind comment. Thank You loving my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 12:07 | Reply

  28. Delightful post with lovely photos of the great travellers.They are gorgeous both in the green fields and on the wing!Your “fresh” last photo is fabulous as well and it nicely ended the story of the beautiful migrators.Enjoy a brilliant spring day!Doda🙂

    Comment by DG MARYOGA — May 26, 2016 @ 11:51 | Reply

    • Hello Doda.

      Thank You commenting so nicely and loving my photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 12:18 | Reply

  29. beautiful & elegant!
    but I feel also power like airplane.

    Comment by kanaconnie — May 26, 2016 @ 14:18 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 26, 2016 @ 14:23 | Reply

  30. Wow, great captures!!

    Comment by Amy — May 26, 2016 @ 15:03 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 27, 2016 @ 07:08 | Reply

  31. Magnifique!!! de très belles photos 😊 merci pour le partage , bon week end

    Comment by chantaki — May 28, 2016 @ 08:02 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      Je vous remercie vivement pour votre si gentil commentaire.

      Je te souhaite un agréable weekend aussi!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 28, 2016 @ 10:39 | Reply

  32. Flying swan is beautiful!
    Last photo’s silhouette is artistic!

    Comment by キース — May 28, 2016 @ 10:18 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I am glad that You visited my site and loved my photos.

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 28, 2016 @ 10:48 | Reply

  33. Very nice.

    Comment by Philip DeNotto — May 28, 2016 @ 22:36 | Reply

  34. Swans are such an elegant bird when floating along in the water. I’ve never seen them on land or flying so thank you for sharing your photos.

    Comment by Karen — May 29, 2016 @ 21:49 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      I think that it was the first time to me swans on a field, normally few swans on a lake. Thank You.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 30, 2016 @ 07:03 | Reply

  35. These are such beautiful birds! I remember seeing these swans flying in formations when I was a child. Great shots, Matti!

    Comment by Tiny — June 1, 2016 @ 23:50 | Reply

    • Hi Helen.

      Swans are also gorgeous birds. Probably You know that Whooper swan is Finnish national bird.🙂 Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2016 @ 07:29 | Reply

  36. Gorgeous pictures – you can see the motion of their wings in flight!

    Comment by megtraveling — June 5, 2016 @ 15:07 | Reply

    • Hello Meg.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I am very glad that You love my photos.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 6, 2016 @ 07:28 | Reply

  37. I think you got some great pictures of the swans in flight. I’m sure my reaction time wouldn’t be nearly as good as yours. Thanks for sharing these beautiful scenes with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — June 9, 2016 @ 19:25 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You praising my photos and thank You commenting. The last photo is my favorite. It is nice to see how they behave as a disciplined military unit.🙂

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2016 @ 10:37 | Reply

  38. Matti—-if you or any readers are interested, I did a book review of a really good Indie book about a romance set in the middle of Finland’s Winter War. 🙂

    https://stephenkingtheotherblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/a-winter-war-romance/

    Comment by stking8920 — June 17, 2016 @ 11:16 | Reply

    • Hi Steve. I will check the link, because Winter War Romance sounds great. Thank You.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2016 @ 12:03 | Reply

  39. E que facetas bonitas!

    Comment by Diana — June 17, 2016 @ 14:12 | Reply

    • Oi Diana.

      Oi, fico feliz que tenha gostado as minhas fotos. Obrigado para o seu gentil comentário.

      Bom fim de semana!🙂

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2016 @ 10:59 | Reply

  40. Linda fotos! Abraços.

    Comment by araanz50 — June 25, 2016 @ 11:09 | Reply

    • Oi Araan.

      Obrigado você por ter visitado meu blog.

      Sabe Você, que, em Penedo, Brasil, você pode atender finlandês cultura, música ea dança? Olhe para o meu post e depois das fotos, eu dou muitos ligações para Penedo. O melhor momento para uma visita é sábado, quando as pessoas dançam no Clube Finlandês.

      Arejamento das trajes nacionais.

      Um grande abraço.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 26, 2016 @ 11:53 | Reply

  41. Lovely captures!

    Comment by Rashminotes — July 18, 2016 @ 07:48 | Reply

    • Hi Rashminotes.

      Thank You for Your kind words.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 19, 2016 @ 07:52 | Reply

  42. Just gorgeous. Great photography. My goodness how many languages do you speak!!!! Very clever.

    Comment by SueT唐 梦 琇 — July 20, 2016 @ 08:13 | Reply

    • Hello SueT唐 梦 琇.

      How nice to read that You loved my photos from this northern town. Languages are my hobby.🙂 Thank You commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 21, 2016 @ 12:35 | Reply


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