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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52 mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-04 18:58
Viewed: 3259
Points: 54
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Cygnet Mute Swan
This is a shot of the first Cygnets I have seen locally. There are 4 but I couldn't get a good shot of them all together as they were darting in and out around mother. Father was busy seeing off anything and everything that came near them. I hope to get good shots of them growing up.

The nest is a huge mound of material, normally dried grasses and assorted vegetation, sticks and rushes, constructed at the water's edge. The nest is built by the female, while the male supplies the materials.

The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May. Both sexes incubate the eggs, which hatch after 35-41 days. The young birds, or cygnets, sometimes ride on their parents' backs and remain with the adult birds for four or five months. Cygnets are generally dingy brown above and whitish below. Occasionally' cygnets may be all white and are known as 'Polish swans'.

The young of some pairs are driven off the breeding territory as soon as their plumage is predominantly white (during late autumn or winter). Other broods often accompany their parents to the wintering area, and usually join a large flock in which they remain when the parents return to their breeding territory. Young birds will not generally breed for the first two years of adult life.

The oldest ringed wild mute swan was 15 years old.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: CygnetDebz 1 05-07 07:33
To aido: CygnetDebz 5 05-06 15:09
To gjoess: CygnetDebz 1 05-06 09:23
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Hello Debz superb sharpness lovely contrast with the deep blue colour, good catchlight and POV. a nice clean image have a nice weekend tfs rgds Necip.

Now that's a cute little puffy thing! Great capture Deborah. I want to nerf it's head. :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-04 20:21]

Hola Deborah.- Bella foto de este pequeño Pato. It is a wonderful photo of this little Duck. Great sharpness. Luis52.

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-05-04 20:45]

Lovely shoot! Cute model ;-)
My best regards,

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-05-04 22:09]

Hi Debz, cute little one here. A close up view showing some great detail. A nice rich blue in the water which contrasts nicely for the swan. Good exposure. Thanks.


Hi Deborah,
what an innocent little swan and oh so cute!I have only ever seen adult swans so this little one is a treat with very good focus,colour and point of view.Tfs. Bob

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-04 22:50]

great focus nice expression on the bird good colors

Hello Deborah,
This fluffy little fellow brings the cutie factor sky high!
Beautiful colours and fine details, and I'm pretty sure this is one happy bird...
Well composed image, DOF spot on!
Pablo -

Hi Deborah,
Whata little beauty. All that fluffy down and colours. Looks like you metered on the body instead of the white chest, hence the burnt out bits. Change your metering to 'spot' if it is possible with the Canon 350D and aim at the lightest bits.

Hello Debz,
How beautiful is this Cygnet. The detail in your image is amazing. Perfect.

Hello Deborah
Excellent shot of this little Mute Swan,
Great details and lighting,
Fantastic surrounding ,Superb shot.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-05 7:50]

This is ctue shot,exposure is spot on.TFS!

Hi Deborah
il est très jolie ce petit poussin. Les détails de sont plumage et la netteté sont parfait. Vraiment très bien, FÉLICITATIONS !
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-05 9:47]

Hi Debz. You have beaten me to getting a cygnet. well done. This one is very cute. great detail and colour. with good sharp focus. well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-05 10:20]

Hello Deborah,
What a little beauty you've captured here - all fluffy and so cute! It looks really gorgeous against the blue water. Great sharpness and lovely colour!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-05 10:21]

Hi Debz,

He's so cute and fluffy with the sweetest expression on his face. You caught him so well


Hi Debz, lovely cygnet with great details and excellent colors, a nice photo, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Very cute cygnet. Nice colours and sharpness. I'm watching 2 Swan nests at the moment.. any day now :!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-05-05 18:47]
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Hi Debz,
Off the scale on cute factor :-) What a beautiful little creature. Nice shot too, great detail and good colours, love the deep blue of the water. The whites are a little overexposed, a tough exposure though given the direct sunlight. Good use of DOF too, a nice image.

Hello Deborah,
This is such a sweet picture of this little one. As it already have been said, the white might be a little OE but I like those details and colors a lot. I might have left a little more space in front of the bird but it is a lovely picture beautiful contrast. Thanks,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-07 23:57]

Hello Deborah

Wow what a cute cygnet.The colours are super.The focus and details are sharp.Wonderful eye contact.Well done.TFS


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-09 14:23]

Hello Deborah, fantastic photo, you managed to capture this cygnet perfectly. the collors and composition are amazing, great POV and sharpness, wonderful blue BG..well done..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-10 3:36]

Hi Deborah

A lovely shot of the cygnet. Strong composition and great DOF combined with a great background colour.


Hi deborah.
Very pretty shot. I think the lightning is good, composition interesting. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-24 16:37]

ahhhhhhh that is so fluffy and cute. Wonderful exposure and beautifully sharp



very very cute, TFS Ori

There is nothing left to say. It is cute and so lovely.
Only an expert can catch the time or such a lovely frame.

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