The graceful sleep
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|Well here goes my first post on Trek Nature.|
This mute swan (cygnos olor) was asleep, and drifting along the River Thames, near Walton on Thames, Surrey. The sun was setting, and casting reflections onto the water. I was thinking about taking this as a silhouette, but when seeing the eye shut, decided to leave the camera settings as they were.
The Mute Swan is a well known bird in the British Isles, often frequenting public parks, and being tame are a favourite with people of all ages who like to feed them. This tameness has found them a special place in the hearts of many people in Britain, thus ensuring that it is treated with fondness and respect.
The Mute Swan is one of 7 species of swan worldwide and is the largest British bird. Adult females weigh around 9kg, with males around 11kg, although weights of up to 15kg have been recorded. The Male is known as a Cob, the female as a Pen and the young as cygnets.
British Mute Swans are normally found in low lying areas and are fairly sedentary, Movements of over 100 km being uncommon due to the general availability of food. In some other countries they do migrate considerable distances in search of food during the winter months.
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Welcome to TN. This si a very good first posting of a often seen bird. You've captures it very good. The soft lighting and reflection in the water are realy appealing.
- [2006-03-24 11:41]
Welcome to TN !
Beautiful bird, beautiful posture, great photo ! I've got some swan pictures as well, I've already posted one of them.
I hope we'll see more of your work very soon.