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Black Beauty (i)

Black Beauty (i)
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 1:40
Viewed: 4783
Points: 35
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Black Swan
SWAN (Cygnus atratus)

I hope you like this fellow. I found him at Lake Pupuke in Milford, 7 kms away from where I live. I love the look of his feathers how they frill out and the lighter coloured edges look quite lacy. The dribble was an added bonus for me. I also like how straight forward he is looking, so much so that we can hardly see his eyes.

The black swan was introduced as a game bird from Australia to New Zealand in the 1860s but also probably flew here naturally at about the same time, as the population grew and spread very rapidly. They are probably still arriving here from Australia naturally so should be classified as a native bird. By the 1960s, there were well over 100,000 birds in New Zealand.

From the 1970s onwards farm silt run-off killed the water plants that swan depend on. Starving birds began to eat grass, leading to culls in which many thousands of the birds were killed until their numbers adapted to their impoverished circumstances.

They are very large black swans. The males are around 120cms, 6 kgs, and the females are about 5 kgs. The oldest recorded Black Swan was 29 years of age.

The bill is crimson red with a white tip and white bar at the tip of the bill. White wing tips are conspicuous in flight. The juvenile is a greyish brown with a dull red bill. They trumpet, hiss and whistle and are generally quite vocal, especially at night.

The diet is mainly aquatic vegetation, some invertebrates, and they also graze pastures.
Breeding is July-October sometimes longer depending on the climate. The clutch of 4-10 eggs is incubated by both the male and the female for about 35 days.


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jedrek: Me too!Janice 1 02-25 15:19
To gypsy52: SwansJanice 1 09-28 07:02
To red45: Still CanonlessJanice 1 09-25 20:46
To greghume: Feather duster!Janice 1 09-25 20:41
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  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-25 1:50]

I like him very much indeed, Janice. Those frilly feathers with the white edges are really beautiful, just like you said. That red beak really stands out. I also like the composition and the POV, and the details are very sharp. Well done and TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-25 2:21]

HI Janice,
I like the drip of water on the swans bill.
Nice colours and sharpness.

I like the water, the black of the bird, red of the beak cooooooool .....
Thanks Janice !

Janice, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Hi Janice
I like him very much. The pattern of the feathers is unusual - reminds me of a feather duster. Great light, it really shows off the red beak.

Excellent shot!
Very good lighting and detail, nice frame.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-25 10:05]
  • [+]

Excellent portrait of this black guy Janice ;-) Especially I like his feathers and water drop on beak. Red colour looks great in contrast to black. Still no sign of cured Canon?

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-25 13:34]

What a superb and interesting black swan that you have well captured ! Its feathers are wobderful. On Annecy lake we have many white and only one black... Thanks Janice for sharing this beauty.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-25 18:06]

Janice, indeed, its feathers are really great.

A very beautiful capture. The feathers give the shot a different texture. Besides, I like exposure too.


This black swan is beautiful! Details on the feathers are great. Nice composition and good colors. TFS!

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-26 10:37]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful shot.Lighting,details on black feathers,waterdrop on beak,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Janice,
A very nice shot. I love the feather pattern and the water droplet. Perfect timing on this excellent composition,

Bonsoir Janice,
Il est vraiment magnifique ce cygne noir avec ses plumes frisées.
Détails pointus et la goutte d'eau au bout de son bec.

Stunning capture Janice, great details, composition and good exposure. 7/10 Very nice work.

Hi Janice, your photo really shows the beauty of this bird. I occasionally see one of them around here, usually in a city park. The sharpness and DOF in your photo is just right, and the pose of the swan makes it look so graceful. TFS!

  • Great 
  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-29 19:52]

Good evening Janice,
You did a very nice capture, framing and exposition are perfect, colours & sharpness are great, i like the waterdrop on beak. 11/10 :-)

Great work,

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-30 0:24]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. His back feathers look like petals of flowers.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: compete.
Thank you Janice.

  • Good 
  • jedrek (159)
  • [2006-02-25 14:18]
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These black swans are amazing, especially to northerners such as myself. The lighting is great in this shot, and if I were to have but one wish, is that the center focal point were literally a few centimeters further away - I'd love for the body/tail feathers to be in focus as well.

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