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Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, HOYA 67 mm PL-CIR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-28 17:00
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Tundra Swan
Cygnus columbianus

Formerly called a whistling swan because of the sound made by the slow and powerful beating of the swans wings in flight.

Males weigh 7.5 kg and can measure 1.3 m from bill to tail. Females are about the same size but weight a bit less at 6.3 kg.

There are seven species of swan in the world, which two are native to North America. The Trumpeter Swan is the other species.

The winter range of the Tundra Swan is in California, Pacific Slope, and Chesapeake Bay, along the Atlantic coast.

In summer the swans head north 6000 km to the Arctic and Alaska to breed.

Tundra Swans feed mainly on aquatic plants such as tubers and roots that grow at shallow depths.

Breeding takes place when swans are four or five and females will lay anywhere from four to six eggs. Incubation takes approximately 32 days and only the females lay on the eggs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-28 17:17]

Hi Janice
Great shot!
This lovely Tundra swan are wonderful.
Details and colors are beautiful.
The blue of the sky is great!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello Janice.
A extraordinary capture of these birds in full flight!
Nice colours and pleasant composition.
Very well done!
José Roberto

Hello Janice
Wonderful tundra swan pair!
Great shot,with good details and colors.

hello Janice

this is an excellent in-flight shot of the Tundra Swans,
with fine POV, fine focus sharpness details, and their
flight pose show us their high speed flight, TFS


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-03-28 20:34]

Hi Janice,

Nice capture! You managed to get their wings in unison. Such graceful birds! Great colours. Sometime, I hope to be close enough to Tundra Swans to take such a good in flight shot. TFS.

See you,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-29 0:43]

Hello Janice.
Beautiful capture of this inflight pair of Tundra Swan,Excellent details, POV, lighting and well timed moment.A great composition, thank you.Best wishes to you!Regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-03-29 6:39]

Good flight image with perfect sync. of the birds. good background. tfs.

Hello Janice

A beautiful capture.
The swans are well placed in the composition.
Lovely contrast between the blue and white.
nicely done.


Salut Janice
Belle prise de vue Que ces beaux cygnes en vol .La composition est très jolie les couleurs sont belles
Bravo et bonne soirée...JP

Hi MCF Janice,

Awesome capture of these two beauties in-flight taken from fine vantage point.
It all looks wonderfully exposed and very well composed.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-07 17:09]
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Hi Janice,
This is shot with a 17-85mm you need to teach me how to get close to the animals girl. Stunning white detail and love how you caught them in the same wing position. Thanks for sharing Janice.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-10 2:38]

Hi Janice,
what a harmonious flight you capture here. Very lively and very beautiful.
i like the dark head that gives a lively view against the nice blue sky.
You have captured the moment very very well.
Congratulations for such a beauty presented.


Hello Janice
Tundra swans very beautiful anserine birds. In this year I didnt see them, but previous winter I observed them in big clusters. you nicely captured two of them in flight. nicely focused and composed. exposure-white balance also very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

You are getting good at this, young lady!!!

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