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Whooper swan (juvenile)

Whooper swan (juvenile)
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 3:36
Viewed: 3272
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this picture yesterday in Alhagen,this youngster was accompagnied by mother and another juvenile,(s)he did not like to be portraited as you can see (s)he was making ugly sounds to the photographer,hope you like it

Whooper Swan

Physical description :
Size is similar to the Mute Swan, but there are noticeable differences. Whooper Swans have a yellow and black beak, a more rigid neck bearing in activiy as well as at rest, and, finally, their wings produce a musical sound when they fly.
Their feathers are entirely white and their webbed feet are black. Juveniles show a greyish brown plumage. After one year, they get their adult one.
The Whooper Swan can also be mistaken for the Bewick Swan whose he's very close. There are two ways to differentiate them: the Whooper Swan is much bigger, with a longer neck and a more angulous head, and the beak's yellow/black layout is different. While the Whooper's Swan beak looks globally yellow with just a black tip, the Bewick's Swan's one is mainly black with a yellow base, sometimes half yellow, half black.
Unlike the Mute Swan, it never raises its wings above its back when it swims and its neck is straighter.

Voice : Le Cygne chanteur drense, drensite, siffle, trompette. The Whooper Swan emits a loud "whoop-whoop' call, sounding like a trumpet. It's the most noisy swan and his name has been given because of its singing variations. Their soft and modulated singing resound like the husky sound of a distant bell. Their singing melodies are made of 6 or 7 rising and descending notes.
The swan singing inspired numerous composers and philosophers who often transposed it as a farewell.

Habitat : Whooper Swans nest mainly in Eurasian boreal regions. They split in three distinct groups. The most occidental one, with a stable population of about 16 000 individuals, nests in Iceland. The central one nests in Scandinavia and Occidental Russia. It is estimated at 59 000 individuals, regularly increasing. The most oriental group is located in Siberia. Its population, estimated at 17 000 individuals, is probably decreasing. These groups migrate south beginning autumn with the first cold days. The occidental group leaves Iceland for the British Isles, North Sea and Channel coasts, as far as the farthest point of Brittany. The oriental group sets up on Caspian and Black Sea shores. The Scandinavian group is the one that has the shortest migration. During winter, Whooper Swans, like Bewick Swans, spend a great deal of time grazing.

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Joli portrait bien net.
Bonne journée.

bonjour Paul,
très belle image de ce jeune cygne belle exposition bravo


Good sharpness, Paul.
Beak is open and sharpness is often an issue then.
Well done

Your lucky you did not get a good nip in the hand, they are known to do that on occasion. Well taken, good exposure and detail.


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-02 11:50]

Hi Paul,
A lovely portrait...caught him with such a majestic pose.I like the warm light and the flash in its eye.Almost seems that it is trying to talk to you.
Regards, david

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-03 5:03]

Hi Paul.
Lovely shot you have taken and shared. Cute young guy and perfect reproduction of its mood. I like your cropping, captured moment and expressive lighting so much. BG is well separated from Swan, colourful and nice too. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-03 11:49]

Hello Paul,
Lovely portrait.POV,details,BG,lighting,framing and expression on face are wonderful.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-04 13:43]

Hi Paul,
excellent shot, the details are amazing. Very nice pose he gave you the open mouth reveals a lot of interesting details. POV, colors and sharpness are excellent. A beautiful portrait of this youngster.

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