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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Trumpeter Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-23 15:37
Viewed: 3567
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle.

The Trumpeter Swan
Olor buccinator

Status: Trumpeters are the rarest swan in the world. They used to be abundant in North America but by the early 1900s, they were nearly extinct. Huge numbers had been shot for their down, feathers or meat. Increasing settlement disturbed suitable nesting areas.

Appearance: This species is the largest swan in the world. It is white with a long neck it stretches straight out in front while in flight.

Behavior: The birds arrive in Alberta in April and move north as the lakes and sloughs open in the spring. Fall migration starts at freeze-up in October or November. They fly south only as far as they need to find an area of shallow lakes and streams with food and open water.

Food: Aquatic plants and insects, snails. Adults eat up to 9 kg each per day. Their long necks and powerful bills allow them to reach down and pull up roots and stems other birds can't reach.

Breeding: Trumpeter swans usually mate for life. Their big, bulky nests are mounds of reeds, rushes, roots and grasses lined with fresh swan's down. They're often built on top of beaver lodges, muskrat houses or small islands.

In mid-May, the female lays five or six eggs which she incubates until they hatch about 32 days later. The cygnets stay in the nest only about 24 hours until they can keep themselves warm. They have very little food reserve and must quickly start feeding.

Adult swans are flightless for about a month when they moult in the summer. As a result, male and female trumpeters moult at different times so one adult in a breeding pair will be able to fly while the other stays with the cygnets.

Lifespan: Up to 35 years in captivity, 12 years in the wild.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-23 17:12]

Hi Manyee,

Great shot! Very well exposed, good and sharp details and great POV. I love the reflection. Well done & TFS!


Great reflection and moment captured Manyee!
DOF: ****
POV: ****
IMPACT: **** OVERALL: ****

Excellent composition, very nice reflection, good details and background.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-24 2:54]

HI Manyee, beautiful shot and I love the reflection in the moving waters. Sharp details, good light and a great composition with a glint on his eye too. Well done.

Hi Manyee, a nice capture. Composition is great and good colours/light too. A good one,very well done.

Hi Manyee

Lovely shot. Good timing. I love the catchlight in the eye and the splash of water. Well composed with lovely lighting and wonderful reflection. Well done. Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-25 17:01]

Hello Manyee, an interesting shot of this swan. I love the composition and the reflection. The glint in the eye gives the swan a bit of an evil look! Nice work.

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