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Mute Swan

Mute Swan
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-22 3:28
Viewed: 3623
Points: 38
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Mute Swan

This big bird (weighing up to 12 kg) is white with a black knob, lower bill and legs. Upper bill is orange. Black basal knob on the upper bill stretching to its forehead is the best distinctive feature of the Mute Swan. The Mute Swan holds its neck curved while swimming, bill bending downwards. It can be often seen to hold its wings up above the back like a shield. The Mute Swan is a very silent bird but it will hiss or snort when annoyed.

The Mute Swan breeds in the coastal regions of the North, Baltic, Caspian and Black Sea. The distribution has considerably widened during the past twenty years. It is partly due to people who have semi-domesticated the Mute Swan keeping it for decorative reasons in town parks. Such a living place has often become a breeding place. As regards Estonia the Mute Swan is widespread in the Western Archipelago and the western coastal regions of Estonia.

The first swans appear when there are the first patches of open water and the last ones leave when the bodies of water have completely frozen. The Estonian proverb "When swans leave, it will snow" holds the truth. Relatively large number of swans winter in Estonia if there are favourable weather conditions (feeding problems due to freezing water and other factors).

The Mute Swan prefers coastal bays and lakes with rich vegetation to bare islets in the sea. It begins to breed at the end of April and at the beginning of May. There are usually 4 - 8 big greenish-grey eggs in the clutch. The newly hatched young do not resemble the beautiful decorative adults at all. The young are able to fly at the beginning of September.

Adult swans do not have any enemies in nature. The bill of the Mute Swan is a dangerous weapon that can be used for hitting deep wounds. It uses its wings as well and the hits of the edges of these are comparable with fists' blows by a man. An angry swan is dangerous even to people: if annoyed it will willingly attack.

The Mute Swan is most of all endangered by water pollution. The Mute Swan is under protection.

The above obtained from http://bio.edu.ee/animals/Linnud/liindex.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:37 p.m.
Date: 22nd April 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-22 3:33]

HI Pam, very nice portrait. The water droplet from the beak is a very nice touch. Nice work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-22 3:58]

Hello Pam!
Excellent portrait.I liked POV,sharpness,details on white feathers,darh BG,framing and composition a lot.

I love swans, they are so beautiful... This is a great picture. Nice colors, good sharpness and details, good POV. i particularly love the water drop on his beak, it's very beautiful.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-22 4:17]

Hi Pam,

Your timing is perfect. The waterdrop is magic.
Great photo of this big, elegant bird!


lovley portrait of this swan. as all above have commented, the water droplet is excellent, but for me, I really like the way that the black around the eye and beak stands out from the very dark background. It woudl have been very easy to have lost that detail.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-22 6:15]

Hi Pam
Good portrait shot.
Great sharpnes, details, colours and POV.
Well done


Hi Pam,
Great capture. Composition is great as with exposure on the white feathers.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-22 6:45]

Hello Pam,
The sharpness of the swan is great, a very good portrait. And then the timing with the waterdrop. Great

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-22 8:47]

Hi Pam,
Lovely portrait, excelent detail and nice textures, I really like the deep blue of the background. Colours are spot-on and the water drop is a great addition. Very nice shot.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-04-22 9:09]

Very nice and very sharp picture of this swan. Ik like the colors and the POV. Framine fit's well and gives the picture a kind of 3D effect.
Gr. Hans

Hi Pam,
What a drip!! ;}
Well done on the composition, exposure, color, and details..Nice POV TOO :)
Well done!

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-22 11:22]

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful image of such a majestic creature!Lovely pose almost a profile, with that drop of water a wonderful added bonus.You've caught the texture of its feathers very well and its nice and sharp with good detail.Had a look at some of your gallery...very nice.
Regards and thanks, David

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-22 17:26]

oh, bad case of bird-flu,
the poor swan really has a cold. *g*
excellent portrait, pam! :-)
superb pov and composition-
the drop of water on the beak and the slightly
messed up feathers on the neck are really cool.
well seen & captured, thor.

What great portrait of this swan head Pam.
The details and colors are incredible and the drop falling from the bill is superb.
Great POV and composition and I love the framing.

Wow!excellent shot,with great detail and composition...that water drop is a bonus....
Well done...

Hi Pam,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Excellent crop and frame for this picture. I love the drop of water hanging from his bill. Perfect focus and sharpness on the swan. The water seems to have some noise, but not too bad. Keep up the good work.

Hi Pam,

I like your swan a lot. It's a very nice picture. The colors are very natural. You took this shot at the right time. The water drop is great. Good work.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-25 16:45]

... to refund my debts...

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