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Love parade in the morning

Love parade in the morning
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-17 8:58
Viewed: 4824
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor is a common Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Both cygnus and olor mean "swan", in Ancient Greek and Latin, respectively.)
Adults of this large swan range from 125 to 170 cm (49-67 in) long with a 200-240 cm (79-95 in) wingspan. They may stand over 1.2 m (4 ft) tall on land. Males are larger than females and have a larger knob on their bill.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as "cobs") averaging about 12 kg (27 lbs) and females (known as "pens") more than 9 kg (20 lbs). An exceptionally enormous Polish cob weighed almost 23 kg (50 lbs), surpassing the longer-bodied Trumpeter Swan to make it the heaviest waterfowl ever recorded. Its size, orange-reddish bill and white plumage make this swan almost unmistakable at close quarters. Surveys done by airplane, however, often mistake the species, creating questionable counts. The most similar species is the Whooper Swan, but it has a yellow and black bill, lacks the curved "swan" neck, is longer and heavier, and lacks the characteristic projection above the bill.

Young birds, called "cygnets", are not the bright white of mature adults, and their bill is black, not orange, for the first year. The color of the down may range from pure white to grey to a buff color. The grey/buff coloration is more widespread in cygnets around the world [Burton,K] (2007). The white colored cygnets have a leucistic gene, seen most often in the north central states in America and in Poland. All Mute Swans are white at maturity.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-17 9:01]

hi robi,
its a very nice parade..they are enjoying..lovely notes too..the variations in its sizes are amazing,

Good work, Robi.
As if they are posing for the cameras...
Well done

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-02-17 10:37]

On est pas loin de la prise de bec !
Bonne journée.

very nice capture with beautiful colors and detail.great job!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-17 12:01]

Hi Robi. A nice compostion of the pair of Swans. in a nice pose together. good colours in the sun light. with fine detail . well done TFS. goodnotes too.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-17 12:12]

Hi Robi

This should have been a valentines day post. It is always nice to see them paired up like this. Nicely composed and sharp



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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-17 12:14]

Hi Robi,

Lovely composition, I really like the pose they both took for you!. Nice management of the white against the blue water. Adorable shot!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-17 13:01]

Bonsoir Robi,
A very elegant capture of a Mute Swan pair in a fine pose together with their necks upright and almost parallel. The lighting, sharpness and commposition ae excellent and contribute to a fine image.
Thanks for sharing it,

Salut Robi,
Il est très charmant ce couple. Tu as saisis une belle pose et l'exposition est parfaite dans une très bonne composition. Bravo!

Bonjour Robi,

Beau couple et belle photo! Merci,


On vacation Robi,
Back ASAP,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-17 23:31]

Hi Robi,
Wonderful image of this obvious mated pair of swans. Great pose and excellent details make this beautiful pair come to life, thank you Robi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-18 11:40]

Hi Robi.
You have pictured a very nice scene and produced high quality image. Poses of the swan are the best, charming and touching. Exposure of the feathers and image at whole is precise as ell as the sharpness and details of the picture. Bravo and my best wishes.

Hi Robi, lovely couple in splendid pose, wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Robi
La netteté de ta prise est vraiment remarquable.
l'eau semble solide, et le duvet des cygnes est bien rendu

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-19 4:57]

Bonjour Robi, c'est une superbe composition réalisée avec une excellente technique, rien à redire, tout est parfait! Bravo et merci!


Hello Robi,
Very nice image of these two Mute Swans. Their pose is wonderful together and you achieved good details with the fine exposure. Beautiful water color also. Thank you.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 1:43]

Salut Robi,
Very nice capture of this pair. I liked the pose you captured, colors and the composition. Merci

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-02-20 10:57]

Hi Robi,
They are a lovely couple.
Very good quality, because it is difficult to capture (a) white bird(s) in full sunlight. Good sharpness.
Nice bonus are the waterdrops.

Et oui Robi,
la nature a une avance considérable cette anée,
bravo pour cette magnifique photo pleine de charme et très bien réalisée et très bien composée

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-29 21:00]

Hello Robi

This couple appears to be posing for the photo.Luckily you obliged them.
Beautiful lighting here,the colours are vivid.
The composition is well done.
A classic swan shot.


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