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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Trumpeter Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-06 8:10
Viewed: 2983
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pair of Trumpeter Swans were from a flock that was on a stop over in the Jenner area awaiting the continuation of thier migration south.

Trumpeter Swan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is the largest native North American swan and only swan species found solely in North America. It is rivaled in size only by the introduced Mute Swan, which is native to Eurasia, and usually is longer-bodied, exceptionally reaching 6 feet in length. The Trumpeter Swan is closely related to the Whooper Swan of Eurasia.

These birds have white plumage with a long neck, a short black bill which extends back to the eyes and short black legs. Their wing span can be 3 m (about 9 feet). The cygnets are grey in appearance, becoming white after the first year.

Their breeding habitat is large shallow ponds and wide slow rivers in northwestern North America, with the largest numbers being found in Alaska. The female lays 3 to 9 eggs in a mound of plant material on a small island, a beaver or muskrat lodge or a floating platform. The same location may be used for several years. These birds often mate for life. The young are able to swim soon after hatching, but are not ready for flight for 3 to 4 months.

Natural populations of these swans migrate to the Pacific coast and northwestern United States, flying south in V-shaped flocks. Released populations are mostly non-migratory.

These birds feed mainly on aquatic plants while swimming, sometimes up-ending or dabbling to reach submerged vegetation. In winter, they may also eat grasses and grains in fields. The young are fed insects and small crustaceans at first, changing to a plant diet over the first few months.

Adults go through a summer moult and they temporarily lose their flight feathers. The females become flightless shortly after the young hatch; the males go through this process about a month later when the females have completed their moult.

This bird was named for its trumpet-like honk which some compare to the sound of a French horn. The E.B. White novel, The Trumpet of the Swan, is about a trumpeter swan which learns to play the trumpet in order to compensate for having been born mute.

Trumpeter Swans once bred in North America from Illinois west to Oregon in the U.S., and in Canada from James Bay to the Yukon, but human actions have reduced their numbers in the southern part of their range to near zero by the mid-twentieth century. Many thousands survived in Canada, however, where populations have since rebounded. Efforts to reintroduce this bird into other parts of its original range have had only modest success, as suitable habitats have dwindled and the released birds do not undertake migrations.

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wow, very very nice, try to sharpen a little more. TFS Ori

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-06 10:39]

Hi Rick

Really nice in-flight capture of these graceful Swans, I like the simple composition, and the fact you have captured two different poses of flight, love the colours, lighting and BG too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-06 12:17]

Hello Rick

Another great shot.The composition is well done.I like the pose you caught them in.Very good POV and DOF.The details are good and the colors are natural.I really like the BG setting too.TFS


Rick hi,
Thanks for sharing your image; interesting in flight.
Maybe cropping the air part is an option?

Great shot Rick. The positioning of the swans here works well.

Amazing shot Rick! Not only have you shot a pair of beauties, but to see the shadow of one bird's wing on the other is simply outstanding. Excellent focus on the birds and showing speed against background. I believe you did the right thing to have the sky strip on top. As wee crop at bottom to remove dark junk will help... What say you?

There is a lot more you captured than seen here; so have a peek in WS ;)

hi rick!
very nice shot with god sharpness and
great composed!

Hi Rick,
a nice inflight shot with good POV and details.
It's a bit bright but still a nice picture.
Well done.

Hi Rick

Perfect in-flight shot. Love the composition with the two Swans. Excellent timing and exposure. Good job! :-)

Hello Rick,
very smooth and elegant in flight capture, well detailed, with beautiful soft colours. Very nice to see the shadow of the upper swan's wing on the wing of the lower one.
Well written complete notes. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-08 8:48]

Hi Rick,
great inflight capture, excellent details and very nice sharpness. I Love the POV with the wondeful neutral colored BG.
I will add this shot to the trumpeter swan theme.

I love the compostion on this one, just enough open space in front of the birds to give that feeling of them moving even though they are frozen in perfect detail. The clarity is excellent as is the DOF, which sets off the swans nicely. Colors are lovely and soft and the shadow of the wing on the lower bird is super feature. I'd crop a fraction off the bottom to remove that small bit of dark area, or use the clone brush to cover it.

I am beginning to wonder if it is my monitor as the only other thing I would change would be to increase the contrast a bit. My monitor is a few years old and I can't get a satisfactory calibration (to my eyes) on it...so perhaps the contrast of this image is fine.

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