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Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-23 7:08
Viewed: 2396
Points: 16
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The Whooper Swan is similar in appearance to the Bewick's Swan. However, it is larger, at a length of 140165 cm (5565 in) and a wingspan of 205275 centimetres (81108 in). Weight typically is in the range of 7.414 kilograms (1631 lb), with an average of 9.811 kg (2224 lb) for males and 8.29.2 kg (1820 lb) for females. The verified record mass was 15.5 kg (34 lb) for a wintering male from Denmark. It is considered to amongst the largest flying birds.It has a more angular head shape and a more variable bill pattern that always shows more yellow than black (Bewick's Swans have more black than yellow).
Whooper swans require large areas of water to live in, especially when they are still growing, because their body weight cannot be supported by their legs for extended periods of time. The whooper swan spends much of its time swimming, straining the water for food, or eating plants that grow on the bottom.
Whooper swans have a deep honking call and, despite their size, are powerful fliers. Whooper swans can migrate many hundreds of miles to their wintering sites in northern Europe and eastern Asia. They breed in subarctic Eurasia, further south than Bewicks in the taiga zone. They are rare breeders in northern Scotland, particularly in Orkney, and no more than five pairs have bred there in recent years. This bird is an occasional vagrant to western North America. Icelandic breeders overwinter in the United Kingdom and Ireland, especially in the wildfowl nature reserves of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Whooper swans pair for life, and their cygnets stay with them all winter; they are sometimes joined by offspring from previous years. Their preferred breeding habitat is wetland, but semi-domesticated birds will build a nest anywhere close to water. Both the male and female help build the nest, and the male will stand guard over the nest while the female incubates. The female will usually lay 4-7 eggs (exceptionally 12). The cygnets hatch after about 36 days and have a grey or brown plumage. The cygnets can fly at an age of 120 to 150 days.

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hello Razvan
super composition with great details and lovely light
thanks greeting lou

Buna Razvan,
Un foto document excelent a speciei, felicitari!
Imi pare bine, ca ati vizitat Sinpaulul!
Craciun fericit!
Numai bine, Joska

Hallo Razvan,
a very beautiful capture of the Whooper Swan, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, nice composition
I wish you and your family Merry Christmas
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-23 7:41]

Hello Razavan,
What a beauty, in splendid light. Taken from an excellent low POV. Great sharpness and composition,
Merry Christmas to you and your family too,

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2011-12-23 7:59]

Hello, quite a lovely photo of the swan. Beautiful composition. The light is special so you really captured the swan at a wonderful time to illuminate his feathers beautifully,

Buna Razvan,
O captura minunata a unei specii pe care eu personal n-am intalnit-o pana acum. Excelenta expunerea si detaliile iar culorile si compozitia sunt placute. Sarbatori fericite tie si celor dragi!

Salut Razvan,
O captura superba cu aceasta pasare deosebita.
Detaliile si culorile sunt excelente.
Imi place pozitia laterala in care se vede perfect corpul pasarii si penajul.
Craciun fericit!

Interesting bird and beautiful photo Razvan! The composition, the lighting and the sharpness ate excellent.
Merry Christmas to you and your family

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-24 5:17]

Hello Razvan.
very beautiful scene, nice composition and pov, good sharpness and dof, lovely colors and so beautiful reflections. Merry Christmas.Best regards Siggi

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