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River Ballet

River Ballet
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 16:46
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
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**Transferred from TrekEarth **

CYGNUS OLOR - Cygne tuberculé (F) - Mute Swan (UK/US) - Höckerschwan (D) - Cisne vulgar (E) - Knobbelzwaan (NL).
British Isles, north central Europe and north central Asia. They have been successfully introduced in North America, where they are a widespread species and permanent residents in many areas.
Mute swans are the most common swans in the wild, in parks or on country estates in their native range.
Mass: 9 to 13 kg. Length: 144 to 158 cm. Wingspan: 2 to 2.50 m.
The two sexes are alike in appearance, except that males are generally larger than females. The plumage is white. They are best distinguished from North American swans by the knob at the base of the upper bill, and the color of the bill itself, which is orange, with the tip and base colored black.
Adults are not paired for life, according to a common thinking. However, established pairs are more successful breeders than non-established pairs and mute swans do form monogamous pairs for at least a season.
5 to 7 eggs, incubation 36-38 days. The male may often take the first-hatched cygnet to the water while the female continues to incubate the remaining eggs. They are able to fly in about 60 days.
The greatest age recorded for a banded mute swan was 19 years. In captivity, they have lived 30 to 40 years.
There is no mass migration, though in winter there may be gatherings numbering more than 100 individuals in open salt water. When swimming, a mute swan holds its neck in a graceful curve with the bill pointing downward, as opposed to other swans, which carry their bills level and necks erect. Top flight speed is 50 to 55 mph.
The diet of mute swans consists of aquatic vegetation, and small proportions of aquatic insects, fish, and frogs.
Mute swans have keen vision and hearing. Mute swans are usually silent, as the name suggests. But the sound of the wings during flight, which has been described as a musical throbbing or humming, is very audible. They also use visual displays as a form of communication, such as postures. For example, in an aggressive posture, males often arch their secondary wing feathers over the back. When menaced, they can become dangerous for children.

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This shot was taken on the river Seine bank. A family of four was grazing on the bank. I took some shots, but when I approached, they moved towards the water, walking in an almost single file. The first one was already in the water when I took this shot.

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To Callie: And the question was???JeanMichel 1 01-04 15:17
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Salut Jean, beautiful photo. You must have a great deal of patience to get such great composition. Thanks, Don.

Very good Jean Michel.
Great composition, very nice light.
Very well done.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-03 17:54]

This is lovely and very unusual.You have exposed the whites very nicely nd the composition is creative...it leaves the viewer wanting more. Good job.

Good composition and superb exposure. A very artistic shot you got, Jean Michel. The swans are very good but the water here is bright but realy delicate at the same time. Thanks for bringing this from TE. Very interesting note too.
P.D.: Now I have a little more time, I will have a try with the photo you sent. Greetings.

I remember this one ;-)) It's still a beautiful capture, good handling of the whites and great symmetry.

Superbe! La diagonale des têtes est très réussie. La composition en blanc est excellente.

Jean, That's alot of white, done very well. Looks like you've got all your ducks? NO, swans in a row ;-))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-04 0:47]

Tout simplement fantastique, Jean-Michel. Je vais allé faire dodo et rêver à tes cygnes, j'espère. Elles sont très jolies, ces trois grâces.
Une excellente présentation: image et une note plus que complète.
Merci beaucoup!

tres belle composition !
tu a vraiment l'oeil pour voir ceci.
la photo est fraiche et bien exposée.
nice done.

Firstly, please allow me to wish you all the best for 2005, Jean Michel. I have been away for a while and missed some of your shots, I have a weeks vacation left and might drop off the radar again.

The symetry in the shot has a pleasing look to it. The whites were handled very well too. Nice write up on the subject. My only nit is that I would like to see a bit of extra space at the bottom right. Still a superb capture though. Well done.

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  • sev Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 0] (56)
  • [2005-01-04 1:40]

very romantic photo, lights are very clear
very great composition

Very nice shot. calender quality. Unusual pose.
good work

WOW !!! IT is so beautifull, the composition, the colours, the details on the feathers..


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-04 4:58]

Great composition. Really well spotted and captured.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Superbe photo un rare moment.

Fantastic art shot Jean Michel ,
From big to small, very nice composing shot, really goood photo, good colours, nice balance, great light, very good job

And the question was???
VERY nice compo here, Jean Michel!
Great texture and exposure on the whites as well. And the ? marks are tops, to me, this makes the picture - well done!

Hello Jean Michel

What a wonder peaceful image. White swans are such a beauty. The POV, detail and sharpness are fantastic. Gotta be a favourite! Congratulations. TFS.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-05 14:18]

You trained them well :)

The composition is unique and I love this moment. Excellent timing and the whites are very good.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-08 19:46]

Jean Michel, the fellows are striking a pose for you. Indeed, very, very beautiful. Excellent composition and sharpness.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-12 19:34]

Perfect. Superb! White on white and it is so lovely. TFS.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-20 18:03]

Absolument splendide ! une magnifique composition d'image, une douce lumière innonde les cygnes, exposition parfaite, belle maîtrise des blancs.
Félicitations Jean-Michel !

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-17 21:05]

Une trés belle photo avec un éclairage fantastique. L'entrée de lumière dans le plumage et la pose des oiseaux font de cette photo une très bonne composition. Un trés bon contrôle de l'exposition.


Bravo pour avoir eu le bon " reflex "si j'ose dire , très belle composition

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  • luna- (0)
  • [2006-03-29 13:47]

wonderful capture. they are perfectly in order and i love how the sun reflects the feathers and makes them even purer:)

222 les trois cygnes forme un222, ils sont très beaux et bien pris l' un à côté de l' autres. Thomas

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