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Black Neck Swan

Black Neck Swan
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-25 8:29
Viewed: 5209
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Black Neck Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus)


Captured about 30 meters of distance.

Size: 48 in.
Totally white, except head and neck that are black.
White line around the eyes, until the nape.
Bill gray with big and red caruncle.
Legs roseates.

The Black Neck Swan is natural of South America.
Its distribution includes from the south of Brazil to Tierra del Fuego.
During the spring and austral summer suckle in Chile (from Huasco), Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.
Also they raise in the Malvinas.
According to the winter comes near move towards the north.

They inhabit in the lakes and lagoons of fresh water, brackish water and in the coasts of the sea.
In Argentina and Malvinas in addition to the lagoons and fresh water lakes, are reported to him in brackish water lagoons.
They frequent the salt marshes and water tanks where alga grows and plancton.
During the winter, in Brazil it is seen him swimming in india row in the sea near the coast.
Of all the swans, the Black Neck Swan is most aquatic.
Although with a little difficulty it can walk, but it passes most of the time in the water.
It is documented to him from the level of the sea to the 1200 meters of elevation.

These swans are of sociable temperament when they are not raising.
They nest in small dispersed colonies, or solitaires.
After the season of raise they form groups that get to count with thousands of them.

The austral spring begins to the nesting.
The populations to the south, that begin a little later, in August already are nesting.
Normally they nest once per year, but it is possible that some pairs return to nest if they begin early in the season.
The nest constructs it between the grass in the margins of the lakes.
They account of three to seven eggs color cream that the mother incubates of 34 to 36 days.
The father remains close and takes care of of the nesting, attacking with fierceness any animal that approaches later the nest or the chicks.

Seaweed and aquatic plants are fed on.
It is possible that also small invertebrates in the water and that complements its diet with some insect or similar animal that manages to catch.
The water obtains its sustenance leaking; it introduces the peak in the water of little depth and slightly it opens it and it closes, causing that the water circulates on the inside of the peak.
Other times it introduces the head and the neck in the water whereas the body remains in the surface.

(Translate of Babel Fish)

mogens-j, PDP, ellis49, carper, elizemeijer, japie, extramundi, AndyB, Signal-Womb, kikvel, marhowie, jhm, Robbrown, gerhardt, orme has marked this note useful
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Very nice Ricardo.
I have never seen or heard about this swans.
Thanks for showing this beautiful swans.
Good compositon and good colours.
Great note .
Well done.

Never heard about these birds before Ricardo but they are beautiful for sure and you captured them well in this picture. I can imagine that this picture was very difficult to get right - the white and the black. It is always hard to get the eyes right on black headed birds and you missed them too but that is also the only tiny nit in this nice scenario. Everything else is perfect - well done. Great note too - nice to learn about unknown species.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-25 11:42]

Very good picture Ricardo. I've not seen these birds before so thanks for posting. Good note too.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-25 12:17]

I have never seen this birds Ricardo, But I must say you have made a very good capture here, with really good colours and a great note, well done

wow.. this is the first time i see one of these, never knew they existed

thanx for sharing !

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-25 15:17]

You captured both black and white very well. These are interesting swans that I have not seen befor. I enjoyd your note too. Thanks for posting.

Preciosa foto Ricardo, especialmente por el agua, está realmente bien conseguida y el encuadre en formato grande es de agradecer. Tu marco típico a esta le queda especialmente bien. Y con la nota, muy buena, si señor.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-25 18:46]

A very nice shot.
Great composition and colours.
Excellent note too.
Great work,very well done.

That is a very good photo I like it very much Ricardo. The rippling blue water gives the perfect background to these Beautiful birds. Excellent note.

Great shot Ricardo!!!

Colors are fantastic and your notes excellent!


Nice effect with the border Ricardo & I like this "trio" grouping. Also like your wide angle framing. Makes me feel like I'm right there near them in the water! ( or maybe I'm dreaming of vacation time!!);-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-26 2:43]

Very great note Ricardo, three Black Neck Swans on one photo and all three lovely sharp.
Thanks for posting and sharing.

Well Ricardo apart from the highlight in the eye every thing else is spot on . the colours and sharpness are good. I think Callie would advise on the use of flash to give the highlight required to make a perfect picture.
The notes are superb too

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2004-09-26 16:24]
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I was unfortunately away for the weekend. I could therefore not critique your photo. Now that I’m back so many good shots were posted that I do not have enough points to hand out to all that deserve it, so sorry. I like this photo and do think it deserved points. Maybe I’ll catch up later.

beautiful birds, O love the water colour, great contrast ! Ori

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