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Black Swan Cygnet

Black Swan Cygnet
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-27 13:23
Viewed: 4281
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black Swan Cygnet, Cygnus atratus.

The Black Swan has a body length of up to 142 cm, with the females being smaller than the males. In adults, the body is mostly black, with the exception of broad white wing tips, which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips. It is the only entirely black-coloured swan in the world.

Black Swans are found throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south. They prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off.

Outside the breeding season, Black Swans travel quite large distances. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans. The Black Swan has been introduced into several countries, including New Zealand, where it is now common, and is a vagrant to New Guinea.

The Black Swan is a vegetarian. Food consists of algae and weeds, which the bird obtains by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep. Occasionally birds will graze on land, but they are clumsy walkers.

Birds pair for life, with both adults raising one brood per season. Up to ten eggs are laid in an untidy nest made of reeds and grasses. The nest is placed either on a small island or floated in deeper water. The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch.
This is one of three cygnets from a pair of Black Swans st Arundel, Wetland and Wildfowl Trust.

Ah_Thong, PDP, sAner, willie, LordPotty, elroyie, liquidsunshine, Janice, gerhardt, JeanMichel, marhowie, honza, hummingbird24 has marked this note useful
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hi Michael, this is a really nice shot... for me this duck is really cute and lovely... and you captured it perfectly.. the details and the sharpness are superb..so clean and clear until her furs are obviously visible.. nice control of DOF too.. and very useful notes... good job!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-27 13:35]

There once was an ugly duckling...Great shot Michael, lot's of cute fluffy appeal. Nice pose and good composition, well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-27 14:57]

A stunner again Michael. The subject, a real cutie already having that typical swan attitude. Very nice

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-02-27 15:43]

Qu'il est mignion ce bébé cygne! La photo rend bien le duvet de son plumage. Belle prise!

A crystal clear image Michael.You can be proud of this one.Imagine if you could photograph it again in a couple of years time,how different it would look!
Great work!

Very good shot of a very cute one, good details, I think that you should catch it from a little bit lower angle.

Excellent capture Michael,
Even using a 300mm, you must have been quite close to get such a great shot.
Superb details, sharpness and clarity.
Thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-27 19:34]

Très jolie petit poussin. Les détails de sont plumage et la netteté sont parfait. Vraiment très bien, FÉLICITATIONS !

Hahaha! Que detalhes, que foto linda!! Parabéns!

Wow! This is a wonderfui shot Michael. Excellent clarity. The POV is lovely. The droplets of water on the body have been captured extremely well. I took a photo of one a wee bit bigger. You can see it here
Good work. TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-28 4:51]

What a dear little swan. Stunning capture Michael. So clear and sharp. Well done.

"What? Me a swan?"

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-28 6:14]

Very cute shot. Razorscharp details, excellent composition & POV. Well done! TFS!

Lovely shot! Very high on the cuteness factor. :) Impressive sharpness and exposure. The pose would have been better if the head was raised a bit showing more face. Great shot!

Very high cute-factor Michael.
Great soft colours, very good details,POV and composition.
Excellent work.

Wonderful fluffy aspect, very well expressed with even some little drops. Great colors and details all over, including the foot. Cute pose. Was the black swan female around? You perform a great shot here, Michael.

Very good shot, perfectly sharp.
Well done.

Michael, Great sharpness & detail..Very cute & fuzzy..Well done!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-02-28 15:07]

Lovely photo. Very nice composition and sharpness. Well done.

Cute little guy isn't he? You have done him justice in this capture. Beautiful, detailed composition. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-16 17:18]

Michael, the bird seems to be in a pensive mood.

This shot is very nice. It's cute and it's moody. To me, a great mixture.

Excellent pov and composition.

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