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Whooper swan

Whooper swan
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Copyright: Urban Olsson (urban) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 Ø72
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans, Flying images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-31 13:25
Viewed: 5318
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scientific name
Cygnus cygnus

140 - 165cm

In swedish these birds are called "sångsvan". directly translated that would be "singing swan". I think the english name is more correct :-)

Wetland habitats, mainly shallow lakes and coastal flats. Also feed in farmland on grain stubble and root crops. During summer They live in Iceland and northern europe. Therefore it is common to see lots of these birds flying north during spring. They follow the warming weather north and sometimes they stop to wait for spring to catch up with them. On these occations it is possible to see fields full of swans, several hundreds of them, eating and waiting.

In courtship, a pair will face each other, wings quivering in a half-open and lifted position. The neck of each bird is repeatedly bent and then extended. Each performance is accompanied by loud bursts of trumpeting.

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A very nice capture Urban.
Pleasent composition with good feather detail and just a nice bit of blur in the wing tips.

This is an unusual swan picture! It shows the structure of the wings very well, and, of course, the long neck. Look a bit like the Concorde taking off.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-03-31 15:49]

I've never seen swan from that POV.
Good composition and sharpness.
Nice details on wings.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-31 18:31]

Urban, this is an excellent photo. The composition is very strong and the clear blue sky and the light filtering through the wings is very good.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-03-31 18:44]

Well done !! Very interresting notes too. Very warm picture of the Swan. Thanks !


Very good shot Urban.
You took this with your 28-135 ? it's great.
Very good composition, POV, details and very good exposure.
Great work.

Sångsvanarna har kommit hit till Gävle också, men jag har inte lyckats få någon bild ännu.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-01 3:31]

Interesting POV and excellent composition. I love swans, I love flying bird shots and I really like this photo. Well done, TFS!

Great capture, good details and POV.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-01 15:51]

Hi Urban
A very well exposed in-flight under belly exposure on this trupeter, I can even make out the black yellow on his bill. Nice compo and pov, TFS

very nice catch Olsson! looks really majestic! TFS!

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