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Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan
Photo Information
Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animal portraits, Swans, Trumpeter Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04 12:19
Viewed: 4049
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator

The trumpeter swan is the largest and rarest swan in the world.
Draining of marshes, hunting, and other disturbances, along with a low rate of reproduction, brought the Trumpeter Swan close to extinction by the beginning of this century. Conservation measures, including reintroductions, have allowed it to increase from a very small number in the 1930s to more than 6,000 today, with 4,500 of these in Alaska.

Description 60-72" (1.5-1.8 m). One of North America's largest birds. Adult similar to Tundra Swan but larger, with all-black bill. Young birds dusky gray-brown; bill pink with black base and tip. Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), an introduced species and a tame pond bird, is smaller, with black knob at base of orange bill; holds neck in graceful curve.
This one was taken at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust at Arundel, Sussex.
It appears to have paired up with a mute swan.

Fisher, Luc, elroyie, red45, PDP, JeanMichel, sAner, Callie, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Michael, well done on the portrait of a swan.
Well composed and the lighting is pretty good.
The only thing I would do is in Hue/sat. department, decrease the blue a little.
I did a worshop to help abit.


Very good, excellent quality and very clean portrait.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-04 14:57]

I like it Michael. Very simply but beautiful composition. Great light, details and B&W swan. TFS!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-04 14:57]

Nice portrait Michael, The details are good and nice control of the whites. Well done.

This is excellent, Michael. Great light and perfect exposure on white feathers. Outstanding bill and eye detail. And, cherry on the cake, a rare swan we don't see over here. TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-05 5:14]

Good exposure on the white head. Very nice portrait. :) Composition is great. TFS! The WS by Fisher is very good.

Good portrait i like the light. Good details as well.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-05 13:58]

Hi Mick
This is a great pic and note, I went straight to my guide to check, as the neame was strange, so is is good to see a new birdie, and one so well exposed, Nice note too. TFS

Michael, Very good exposure & details seen in the whites.. Great profile shot, Thanx!

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