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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Golden Midst

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) at Lake Kussharo, on the first couple of mornings that I had in Hokkaido. Small sections of the lake were warmed with hot spring waters allowing spots for the Whoopers to get overwinter. As early morning steam from the geothermal hot spots rises from the lake and diffuses morning light into multiple light rays, throngs of whooper swans arrived for their morning feeding. Wonderful flight shots of their arrival are possible, followed by extraordinary photo opportunities of them landing on the ice.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Hokkaido, Japan
Camera: NIKON D3X
Copyright: © Kiat Choon Teo