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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 6:05
Viewed: 2242
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Latin name
Cygnus olor

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

The mute swan is a very large white waterbird. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with black at the base of it. Flies with its neck extended and regular slow wingbeats. The population in the UK has increased recently, perhaps due to better protection of this species. The problem of lead poisoning on lowland rivers has also largely been solved by a ban on the sale of lead fishing weights. Some birds stay in their territories all year, while others move short distances and form winter flocks. In cold weather, some birds arrive from Europe into eastern England.

Where to see them
Breeds across most of the UK, other than in northern Scotland, mid-Wales and the moors of south-west England. Possible to see anywhere there is a shallow lake, or a slow-flowing rivers, even in urban areas and parks.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Water plants, insects and snails.

Source: RSBP

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-07 6:10]
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Hi Joe. Nice POV of the Sawn. with good detail and colour. good eye contact. A unusal compostion but it works well. TFS, good note to. well done.

Hello Joe,
This shot has an unusual but very effective pov. The clarity and detail are very fine. I think the swan is taking a careful sideways look at you! Well done!
Kind regards, Bev :-)

As has been said, an unusual POV, and I especially like the water drops that you caught. Have a look at circular polariser filters, if you'd used one on this you could have zapped the reflection on the water surface allowing the stones on the bottom to be much clearer. Just an idea...

excellent moment that you have caught, very good work. greetings.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-07 8:15]
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Hello Joe,
Great POV , good pose, details and sharpness. Thanks for posting.

Hello Joe,
great composition,details and sharpness.
i like the drops

Hola Joe:

Excellent photography taken in the precise moment, very good the transparency of the water as well as the drops that part with the head of the bird. Congratulations for your work.

Thank you for my fot of the bee comments. Not centred not off-centre, the set of the photo is what for my taste matters.

Cordial greeting

Belle instantané vu sous un angle original. Bien observé.
Bonne journée.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-05-07 14:02]
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Hello Joe.
A very nice moment you captured here. Taken at th right moment to see the swan drinking.
Very well done.
Gr. Hans

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-07 15:36]
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Hi Joey

A great shot of the Mute Swan, nicely composed with an interesting POV and a lovely pose with the Swan still keeping his eye on you whilst having a drink, good detail and nice colours too. Is there any nests around?, there are six where I go to see my Swans so hopefully some Cygnet shots soon.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-08 4:07]
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Joey, Lovely and really good. The water mark and the waves in the water is excellent. The light and POV is superb. TFS Ganesh

Hi Jow, I like your POV of the swan drinking. Very well captured, TFS

Beautiful POV, most unusual. Very good detail, well exposed. Love the look in the eye. Composition is unusual as well, but it works for me. Without the tight crop I think you would lose some of that lovely expression.

Well done, TFS, Mish

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