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Feeding on some grasses

Feeding on some grasses
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Copyright: Yves Grenier (eev) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 f/4L
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 15:01
Viewed: 2425
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of black swans have found home on the shores of the many streams and rivers in the Ottawa region. This one was feeding on some aquatic grasses when I captured this shot. They eventually came closer to shore for some good close-ups which I'll share with you in the coming days.

Black Swans are mostly black feathered, with a line of white flight feathers of the wing edges that sometimes show when at rest, and are conspicuous in flight. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black. Cobs (males) are slightly larger than pens (females), with a longer and straighter bill. Cygnets (immature birds) are a greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers.

A mature Black Swan measures between 1.1 and 1.4 metres in length and weighs up to 9 kg. Its wing span, in flight, is between 1.6 and 2 metres. The neck is long (relatively the longest neck among the swans) and curved in an "S".

The Black Swan utters a musical and far reaching bugle-like sound, called either on the water or in flight, as well as a range of softer crooning notes. It can also whistle, especially when disturbed while breeding and nesting.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-06-14 15:18]

Hi Ives, beautiful capture!! good colors and ligth. Regards. Carme.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-15 5:29]

This is a very nice rendition of the Black Swan, can be difficult to take the black feathers. Great capture of light and good exposure on the blacks and highlights of the swan. Nice pose of Swan feeding. They are very elegant. Nice and sharp. Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-15 11:43]

Hi Yves,

Nice capture of this beautiful black swan. The black and the details of the plummage is excellent. Great pose with him looking at the grass in his mouth. A pretty reflection and a lovely setting.


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