Stretching Trumpeter Swans

On about any Winter day, you can usually find between 20 and 40 Trumpeter Swans at the north end of Jackson, WY.  Flat Creek winds its way through the National Elk Refuge on its way to the Snake River south of Jackson. After a cold night or cold spell, Flat Creek freezes. Swans hunker down on the ice during the coldest hours, but become active as the morning sun warms the area. It’s during this “waking up” period that you will have a great chance to see and photograph Trumpeter Swans stretching their wings. This page features a full sequence of photos of a beautiful Swan stretching while standing on the frozen creek.

You have to be ready!  A typical “stretch” lasts only three or four seconds.

Swan Stretching 1

When ready, the Trumpeters thrust their chest, then begin a stretching sequence. 

Swan Stretching 2

If your camera can capture 30 frames per second, and if a stretch lasts three or four seconds, it’s possible to end up with 75 to 125 photos from a single stretch. That’s of course, if your camera’s buffer can handle that many shots in a burst before it hits the camera’s buffer! A camera that can capture 12 frames per second can still get great shots.

Swan Stretching 3

For this page, I pulled out around 25 images from roughly 80 I captured. I am showing roughly one out of three in the sequence.

Swan Stretching 4

While I often photograph Swans by handholding my camera and lens, a tripod can come in handy if you are waiting for one to start flapping. It’s easy to get tired hand holding the gear in the ready position for extended periods.

Swan Stretching 5

Typically, a Trumpeter will do at least two cycles of the wing positions, and each of those seem to get more pronounced. From my experience, three cycles is most common.

Swan Stretching 6

Swans often stretch just after waking up from their overnight sleep. They usually stretch after a period of preening. Anytime I see one “porpoising”, I can almost always expect to see one of the wing flap events. When they porpoise, they dive to just under the water and back up. They can do this 10 to 20 times before stretching. I think of it as their bath time and the wing flaps as a way to shake off the water and realign all of their feathers.

Swan Stretching 7

A camera capturing frames at a relatively high speed reveals a wide variety of wing positions. Obviously, I like some of the wing positions more than others.

Swan Stretching 8

This Swan was just getting “warmed up”.

Swan Stretching 9

As they begin their second cycle, their wing strokes become a bit more pronounced.

Swan Stretching 10

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Swan Stretching 13

During the second cycle, the wing reach is more pronounced. If your camera has a limited buffer, you might consider waiting to start shooting until the Swan is about half way through its stretch.

Swan Stretching 14

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By this cycle, the wing tips can almost touch in the front and its head is usually higher.

Swan Stretching 20

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Swan Stretching 23

At about this stage in the third cycle, the Swan will begin to relax its wings as they drop to their folded positions.

Swan Stretching 24

Swan Stretching 25

When it’s all over, the Trumpeter folds its wings over its back again. At this point, scan the area for other Swans porpoising or preening. Often you can get four or five stretching Swans in a relatively short period of time. Of the group, some will be facing the wrong direction or another Swan will be in the way. One or two good sets would be considered a good morning.

The previous set of images was taken at 9:30 in the morning with a Sony A1 camera and a Sony 200-600mm lens. All were taken at 1/3200 second at f/7.1, Manual Mode, ‒ 1 EV, Auto ISO 500, Tripod. The Sony autofocus method was: Continuous High+, Bird Eye Tracking, Expanded Spot in Compressed Raw format.

Bath Time

If you are not familiar with their behavior, watch for any Swan that looks like it is taking a bath. It’s almost always an indication that a wing flap is imminent!


Trumpeter Swans can be quite territorial. Often, after a skirmish, one or both will flap in a form of victory celebration.

Trumpeter Swan

The sequence group on this page were taken straight-on, but they look great from either side or at a diagonal.

Trumpeter Swans

The primary place to photograph Trumpeters is along Flat Creek at the north edge of town, though they can be seen scattered along the Snake River. Once Oxbow freezes over, most of them move south to the Flat Creek area. While I personally prefer flight shots, fight shots, or stretching, it is also possible to capture some wonderful swimming photos if the light is right! For years, we were able to get reliable photos at the Boyle’s Hill Pond, but the Wetlands Society managers added a fence that keeps the wild Trumpeters from getting to the food they put out for the captive breeding Swans.

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November 2021 Daily Journal For GTNP & JH


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New Month : New Week : New Moon : New Daily Journal : New Park — November 1st

Well, it’s a new month and a new week. In a couple of days, there will be a new moon. Yep…you are looking at the first entry for the new November Daily Journal.

Road ClosedThe “New Park” item in the list above takes a bit of artistic or editorial license. Let me explain: Yesterday, we could drive the Moose-Wilson Road along with the middle section of the Teton Park Road. Yesterday, fishermen were still fishing on the National Elk Refuge and hikers and bikers were still using the pathway along it. Yesterday, you could stop at Dornan’s to pick up some snacks or fill the coffee thermos, but the stores and restaurant are closed for the month of November. Only a few days ago, we could drive up and down Mormon Row and we could drive down to Schwabacher Landing. But, all of those areas are now padlocked. In a few days, there will be hunters, outfitted in orange, driving up and down roads hoping to nail an elk. Those are only a few of the recent and upcoming changes in Grand Teton National Park.

Break in the Clouds

Of course, not all of the news is bad news!

The big summer crowds are gone! The Park has a much more relaxed and “open” feel, even if some zones have no vehicular access. At least until December 15th, people can still hike into areas of the Snake such as Schwabacher Landing. For the hikers making the 1.25 mile walk, they’ll likely the the area entirely to themselves. This morning, I drove from the Moose Visitor’s Center area to the end of the road at Death Canyon on the Moose-Wilson Road and passed only two vehicles—one coming at me and one that passed me while I was taking photos of a moose cow in the water. I was able to park in a regular spot and walk down the road without the scorn, whistle, or screams of a Wildlife Brigade volunteer. Those volunteers are almost all gone now. A bear or moose sighting can still create a bit of a jam, but jams will not been as large or develop as fast as in the summer and fall.

Days are shorter and cooler, but usually not bitter cold. Wildlife typically hangs out longer, and generally speaking, the light quality is better. Soon, Daylight Savings Time switches back, so I end up at home and in front of my computer more. That’s good for my ever swelling Lightroom catalog. It is bursting at the seams and needing some severe culling! I took roughly 5000 images just today! The photos you see in this initial post were all taken today!

Trumpeter Swans

Photographic Opportunities in November

Landscapes: September and October were transitional months, changing from summer, to fall, and eventually into pre-winter. November, much like the previous two months, is also a transitional month. The high country already has snow, but early snow falling in earlier months melt on the valley floor. By mid-November, temperatures drop to the point all new snow will become part of the winter scenery. In other words, we are in for a change to the landscape.

Wildlife: When I think of November, I think of great moose viewing and photography. Swans also move into the valley for the winter. Bighorns will be migrating to Miller Butte on the National Elk Refuge, just in time for the annual head bashing rut. November can also be a good month for grizzlies, badgers, foxes, otters, and owls. I’ve had several reports of wolves being seen this year, too. Bison are currently split into two groups, one in the Kelly area and a smaller group in the Elk Ranch area.

Plan Ahead!

Remember, there are no facilities open inside Grand Teton National Park. While you can fill your gas tank at one of the “pay at the pump” locations, there are no stores or shops for snacks or lunch. Rest rooms can be found at the Kelly Warm Springs, Moose Visitors Center, just inside the Moran entrance, at the Taggart Lake trail head, and at the gas station at Jackson Lake Lodge. The restrooms around the Jackson Lake dam are still open but will be plowed in soon. Restrooms at Flagg Ranch are usually open.

The gas station and convenience store along the highway in the Buffalo Valley are traditionally open. I understand the small cafe on the Buffalo Valley Road is open through much of the winter.


Moose feast on fresh willow leaves in the river bottoms all summer. By November, the leaves are gone and moose switch to bitter brush, found in the sage flats. While there might still be remnant evidence of the fall rut, most of it is over. The bulls are beginning to gather in small groups following “the season”. Instead of moving back to the river bottoms at first light, more of them stay out in the sage all day. This big bull, Fremont, just showed up today…right on queue.

Slim Jim

November can be a great month to see moose! I mentioned that already but it’s worth repeating. Today, for example, I saw at least 21 moose, and most of those were seen in the first 30 minutes!

Moose Cow in Moose Pond

Along with the bitter brush, some moose modify their diet to include aquatic vegetation. I caught this cow dining along the Moose-Wilson Road this morning.

Moose Cow in Pond

I would have preferred to find Fremont, Shoshone, or Hoback in the pond, but any moose in the pond is a welcome change.

Mule Deer Buck

Elk are mule deer are also coming off their rut season. Yesterday, I hiked out to the Old Patriarch Tree. As I came over the last ridge, I saw two large elk herds scamper off when they saw me. Apparently, their rut is still ongoing. I’ve seen a lot of Pronghorns in the Elk Ranch area, but they will soon begin migrating out of the valley. Over the past few years, a few Pronghorns have wintered on the National Elk Refuge.

Berries and Leaves

While November can feel like a gray month, there are still opportunities to find bright colors. Rainy days make subjects more interesting and the colors can be much more saturated. Of course, upcoming snow days offer great times in the field.

Rain Drops

“Bad weather” for some people can be “good weather” for others looking for unique shots.

Mallards in Flight

The observation platform along Flat Creek can be a hopping place in November as Trumpeter Swans and a wide variety of waterfowl move through the valley. You might also catch a few river otters on some days. The edges of the creek will likely freeze creating additional opportunities.

Ravan in Flight

Lastly, I like to “practice” on what some people call mundane or common subjects. The plan is to work out all of the “kinks” to be ready for the more exotic subjects like eagles, owls, herons, and other raptors.


I renewed my permit to do tours in the National Elk Refuge for the 2021/2022 season. The use of the permit officially begins November 1st. Bighorns are start showing up and are usually in good numbers by Thanksgiving.

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Hoback – Stellar Moose of the Tetons

The Continuing Saga of Hoback and Shoshone

Hoback and Shoshone

In the Tetons, two bull moose seem to get all of the attention: Hoback and Shoshone. There are several other majestic bulls, but over the past couple of years, the dynamic duo are both stunningly large and relatively “dependable”. There are times, especially early and late in the season, when you might see them together! Over a period of three or four years of photographing them, I can suggest they enjoy each other’s company. That is, of course, except during the heat of the annual rut.

Grand Teton National Park spans roughly 310,000 acres, so it might be short sighted for me to say these two are “the biggest” bulls. Still, they are the biggest bulls I know of right now. Could there be a “monster” out there somewhere? Another bull, Fremont, is equally impressive, but he doesn’t make an appearance until after the rut. Cheyenne and Bondourant area two additional contenders.


Besides his overall stature, the most distinguishing feature on Hoback is the down tine on his left antler. Then throw in the size of his paddles and he becomes easily identifiable at a long distance. Both Hoback and Shoshone have dewlaps dangling from their “bells”, so if you see one lacking the dewlap, you are looking at “someone else”.

Hoback Aug 11

This year, Hoback seemed to get a jump start on the other bulls. His antlers were already quite large when compared to the other mid-August bulls.


He’s impressive!

Hoback Backlit Antlers

Needless to say, it takes a wacky amount of time to get these shots. My wife knows how much I like the moose, so she tolerates me being out of the house long before daylight. (week after week!).

Bulls are occasionally visible at sunrise, but especially in August, retreat to the shadows quickly as the sun begins to warm their dark fur. They plop down in the shade, but as the sun gets higher in the sky, or as the clouds blow out, they end up baking in the sun. Moose usually get up, stretch, then move to a new shady spot. It’s easy to wait hours to get only a minute or two of them standing again!

Hoback Stripping

For all of August, the bulls mill around eating and taking it easy. Their primary goal is to nurture their growing antlers. Typically at the end of August and the beginning of September, bulls start stripping the velvet from their new antlers. Hoback started stripping his tender velvet on September 2nd this year. Bulls have little or no interest in the cows during the velvet period, though I often see several bulls hanging together.

Hoback Stripping

Unlike some bulls, Hoback didn’t “hurry” to finish the job this year. When they catch it right, the velvet falls off in slabs.

Hoback Stripping

If they wait too long, the velvet dries on the antlers, making it much more difficult to remove.


Shoshone has impressive “brow tines”. Over the past couple of years, Shoshone had five tines on each side of his brow tines, but this year, he grew an extra tine on his right side. Shoshone disappeared for a while when he “should have been” stripping his velvet. Believe me, I looked long and hard for him! When I finally located him late in the day on September 6, his bloody antlers made it appear he had stripped his velvet that morning, or possibly on the 5th. I mention it on Hoback’s page just to note he had an extra three or four days of antler growth to catch up somewhat with Hoback. At the shoulders, Hoback and Shoshone appear to be almost identical, but this year, Hoback’s paddles are definitely larger. I love Shoshone’s appearance when viewed straight on, however!

Hoback and Shoshone

During most of the summer of 2021, the sky in Jackson Hole had a rose colored hue to it — a result of the smoke and haze from the western wildfires. I couldn’t see that it affected the moose, but it added an orange hue to many shots. This photo was taken while both Hoback and Shoshone still had velvet. I only saw them this close a couple of times. Once this year, Shoshone approached Hoback, but Hoback backed away quickly.

Last year, several of my friends told me they saw Hoback and Shoshone at Blacktail Ponds one evening during the height of the rut. No one saw them fight, but the next morning Hoback showed up with the front of his left antler broken off. A day or two later, the entire antler broke off. Hoback spent the rest of the fall and early winter with only one antler. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. When I saw Hoback back away this year, I wondered whether the fight in the previous year had anything to do with it?

The Rut Begins

The Rut Begins

After the bulls strip their velvet, they spend a day or two thrashing around in the willows to make sure it’s gone. Then, it’s off to the races! I took this photo on September 11th at Schwabacher Landing. Hoback had moved from his summer zone on the Gros Ventre River to the river bottom of the Snake. He had found a cow with a calf and was checking her readiness to breed while performing a lip curl or Flehmen Response. Cows will seldom come “into season” while they are still nursing a calf. Still, it doesn’t stop the bulls from checking.

A few days later, Hoback found a single cow. That sequence will follow!

Hoback at the Beaver Pond

On September 16, 14 days after Hoback stripped his velvet, he showed up late in the day at Schwabacher Landing. He crossed along the south end of the beaver pond, with ducks letting the massive shape go by and with tiny insects hovering above the water.

Hoback at the Beaver Pond

Hoback was on the “scent trail” of a nearby cow. All things considered, he was on a straight line to her.

Hoback Crossing the Reflection Pond

Hoback did something I have been hoping to see for years…the biggest bull in the valley crossing the classic reflection pond at Schwabacher Landing. He was “on a mission” looking for the cow hidden in the stand of spruce trees across the inlet.  When Hoback went into the darkness of the evergreens, I figured the show was over. I was ecstatic to have captured the crossing!

Hoback and the Cow

But wait…there’s more! The cow came out of the spruce trees and into the pond. Along the way, she urinated in the grass next to the water’s edge.

Hoback Lip Curl

With few exceptions, a bull will locate the cow’s fresh urine and begin a lip curl — or Flehmen Response. True to form, Hoback put on a show for me.

“Flehmen Response: In many ungulates, the raised lip facilitates the transfer of odorant chemicals into the vomeronasal organ. In the flehmen reaction, animals draw back their lips in a manner that makes them appear to be “grimacing”. The pose, which is adopted when examining scents left by other animals of the same species, helps expose the vomeronasal organ and draws scent molecules back toward it. This behavior allows animals to detect odorants, for example from urine, of other members of their species. Flehming allows the animals to determine several factors, including the presence or absence of estrus and the physiological state of the animal” Source: Cattle Today

Hoback Lip Curl

Occasionally, a bull will sniff the urine more than once. Hoback did that twice on this occasion, allowing me to get a few different shots and variations.

Hoback and the Cow

Moose are still prey animals and must keep eyes and ears alert for danger. Once clear, they are back in courtship behavior.

Another Sniff

Another sniff.


Another lip curl. There are times when things seem to be moving in slow motion. The precious evening light is so fleeting, and at any time, a thick cloud can spoil it. With the Tetons in the west, it can be a race against time.

The Crossing

While Hoback was going through his last lip curl, the cow moved across the reflection pond to the east side. Hoback began to follow her.

The Crossing

It’s a good thing my Sony Alpha 1 has a large buffer because I was taking a lot of photos at this time!

On the Bank

That afternoon, I had attached my Sigma Sport 60-600mm lens to the Sony A1. It was a great call as it let me take a variety of photos, including shots like this with reflections in the still water. (Note: Sigma does not make an E-mount version of their 60-600mm lens for Sony. To solve the “problem”, I bought a Canon version of the Sigma 60-600mm lens and added a Sigma adapter from Canon to Sony.

The Crossing

Typically, I’d tell myself to limit groups of shots like this pond crossing to only one or two images for this blog, but each of them are still unique.

Hoback Courtship

Hoback crossed the reflection pond, pushing a large number of tourists and photographers south on the trail. Hoback was in full courting mode, but apparently the cow wasn’t.

The Chase

The cow moaned, then bolted south along the pond. Hoback was in hot pursuit.

The Chase

I am sure the cow would have raced south along the reflection pond, but she was startled by all of the photographers and tourists that had lined up on the trail. They were a respectful distance when the original courtship was happening. The cow made a sharp right turn into the pond in order to miss the people and evade Hoback.

The Chase

Oh my gosh! What a splash! Earlier, when Hoback was crossing the pond, I had moved across the outlet of the beaver dam and was set up on the other side. Not only did I catch Hoback crossing the pond the way I had wanted, but I ended up in a good place to catch the action. I mentioned earlier that a lot of the time, photographing moose happens in slow motion. During the chase, things accelerated to light speed!

The Chase

If I had known what was about to happen, I would have been much more prepared for the action…but this will have to do! Hoback’s dewlap was swinging under his neck as he paused in front of the water.


At this point, Hoback settled down. He entered and crossed the pond at his own pace.

Hoback in the Pond

The cow had bounded off into the dark zones on the other side of the pond.


At this point, I had backed well off the pond and shooting tight via the zoom at 600mm. I had enough shots for the day and headed back to the truck.

There’s More to the Shoshone / Hoback Story!

Shoshone and Cow

On my Daily Journal entry for October 7, I mentioned that Shoshone had broken off one of his brow tines on his right side. I also suggested that he must have found a comparable sized moose to challenge him. A few days later, I had a couple of reliable sources telling me they knew where his antler was…in Hoback’s head! I was doing tours at that time, so I did’t get a chance to personally see it, or photograph it, but I will just have to take their word for it.


A friend that saw a photo, said the tine had entered just above his right eye.After hearing the reportI spent quite a bit of time looking for Hoback. I finally found him on October 20.  The photo shows a hole over his right eye, but no tine. The photo also shows a couple of broken tines on Hoback’s antlers. As with Shoshone, it would take a fairly large bull to actually take him on. Similar to the broken antler from last year, I’ll simply have to visualize these two big boys going at it for “keeps”. By December, I’ll likely see them gently sparring with each other in the snow and sage. Buds again!

Big Bulls Over the Years

I’ve been photographing the Teton moose for roughly 17 years. Knowing most Shiras moose live around 15 years, the odds are very good that I photographed our biggest bulls when they were just “toddlers”. Over the same period of time, I’ve seen a lot of the big bulls rise to dominance, pushing the previous big bull out of the top tier of breeders. My Best of the Tetons blog is now over 7 years old, so I’ve spotlighted some of the big bulls,  some with pages of their own.

Washakie (2013)

Elvis—King of the Gros Ventre (2014)

Custer: Majestic Bull Moose Along the Gros Ventre River (2014)

Shoshone: One of my favorite GTNP Moose (2018)

Shoshone  (2019)

Flehmen Response or “Lip Curl” in GTNP Moose (2014)

Antlers and Wyoming’s Shiras Moose (2015)

Velvet Antlers of Summer (2020)

Moose of Grand Teton National Park (2013)

Bull Moose: GTNP’s Boys of Fall (2017)

A Harbinger of Fall!: Moose Stripping His Velvet Covered Antlers (2016)


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October 2021 Daily Journal For GTNP & JH


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Three quarters of 2021 is in our rear view mirror, leaving us with three of the more interesting months. Foliage season, like the current moon, is waning, but it is not over! As the month begins, there are still plenty of brightly colored leaves around the valley. In many areas, the foliage season came four or five days earlier than “normal”. That’s my unscientific take after living here for 35 years. The Moose and Elk are in their rut, along with Deer and Pronghorns. The rut for the Bison is essentially over, but you might still find a bull interested in a late season cow. Grizzlies traditionally are more visible during October. Black Bears will polish off the berries along the valley floor and head back up the hillsides soon. As the leaves drop from the trees, Owls may become more visible. Worth watching!

Important Info for GTNP travelers:

Beginning on October 5th and 6th, the Park Service and crews will be working on the JH Dam.Through traffic over the dam will be “iffy” at best. Expect over an hour delays on days when they are letting vehicles through. Read More Here.

Park Service is in the process of cutting back on the flow of water coming out of the dam. Reflections at Oxbow Bend will be affected. Read More on the JH News & Guide site

New 2021 Foliage Reports Page: Click Here

This page will cover the changes in the foliage from September 11 to around October 11 of 2021. Check it regularly! The page also contains important foliage related links.

Alpenglow at Oxbow Bend

Alpenglow at Oxbow Bend:

October 1, 2021 – Friday

Most of my time today was spent trying to capitalize foliage. There will be other days for wildlife, but this time slice of the year is so fleeting. Each year, the anticipation I have as the foliage season is bookended by the sadness I feel as I watch the wind strip the leaves. Luckily, the foliage season doesn’t happen all at one time. It stretches out over several weeks, but we are definitely on the back side of the curve.

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend: As of this morning, the water level was almost at the normal summer height, but expect it to drop rapidly for the next week or two. I would have loved to had at least a few clouds today, but as I write this first of the month post, clouds are rolling in.

Upper Oxbow Bend

Upper Oxbow Bend: This stand of aspens are still looking great.

Oxbow Aspen Stands

Oxbow Aspen Stands: Using a telephoto lens, it is possible to isolate small sections of any scene, as I did in this photo.

Country Roads

Country Roads: This is the time of the year to do your own “scavenger hunt”, searching for chunks of color scattered around the valley. This was taken above the Teton Science School.

Cottonwood Leaves

Cottonwood Leaves: In December, I’ll be photographing frost, ice, and icicles along Ditch Creek, but right now it is loaded with fallen leaves. Of course, they are everywhere now.

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: As documented on the New 2021 Foliage Reports Page, the cottonwoods along Mormon Row are turning now. Catch them while you can!

Pronghorn Buck Chase

Pronghorn Buck Chase: For the most part, I was set up to photograph landscapes today (ISO 100, F/8 to F/11, and relatively slow shutter speeds). I noticed a buck Pronghorn approaching Antelope Flats Road, so I drove to the area. He crossed and went on before I had a chance of take photos but another one came up that I didn’t see. The bigger buck bolted across the road to chase the smaller buck away. As I mentioned, my camera was set up for landscapes and didn’t have time to adjust the settings. When he ran across, I took a few shots. At only 1/250th second, there was no way I was going to freeze the action of the fast moving buck, but luckily I was panning at the same speed he was running. That gave me a relatively sharp head, yet his legs and have motion blur and the grasses have motion blur streak. Pronghorns, like Moose, drop their ears back on their neck when chasing another buck.

September 2021 Daily Journal:

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