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Spring Babies
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 19 N: 798] (3083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-12 16:11
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These Mute Swan Cygnets were seen at the Twin Lakes County Park in Eastchester New York.

Mute Swan: Aggressive bird, entirely white, orange bill with large black basal knob and naked black lores. Curved neck is often stained with pigments from iron or algae. Legs and feet are black. Feeds on aquatic plants collected from bottom. Direct flight with strong steady wing beats.

Range and Habitat
Mute Swan: Prefers freshwater, salt marshes, and protected bays.

INTERESTING FACTSThe Mute Swan is the national bird of the Kingdom of Denmark.
They are very territorial. The familiar pose with neck curved back and wings half raised, known as busking, is a threat display. There have been many reports of Mute Swans attacking people who enter their territory. Their wings are believed to be so strong that they can break a person's arm with one hit.
The Mute Swan is less vocal than the noisy Whooper and Bewick's Swans; the most familiar sound associated with them is the whooshing of their wings in flight. The phrase ‘swan song’ refers to this swan and to the legend that it is utterly silent until the last moment of its life, and then sings one achingly beautiful song just before dying; in reality, the Mute Swan is not completely silent.
A group of swans has many collective nouns, including a "ballet", "bevy", "drift", "regatta", and "school" of swans.

CeltickRanger, rousettus, jaycee, brunorsantana, tuslaw, siggi, parthasarathi, Alex99, nglen, PaulH, Noisette, jusninasirun, eqshannon, valy67 has marked this note useful
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hello Angela

beautiful photography of the baby Mute Swans
with a fine frontal POV and excellent eye-contact, TFS


Hello Angela
they are very lovely. you nicely captured them with a great focus, POV and composition. eyes contact, colors and exposure also very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-12 17:05]

Hi Angela,

What an adorable trio. The look so soft and fuzzy. I love the contrast between the dark water and the white babies. Fine details of all three faces. They seem to have line up just to pose for you!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-05-12 17:58]

Hello Angela,
You captured these siblings very well, they are very cute! Great POV.. Well done


Hi Angela,
Beautiful photography, very well composed. I like how to handle the water and reflection of light in general. A tender and work very well done. Congratulations!

They are cute, Angela :o)
What a beautiful picture!
I love your POV here.
Congratulations. TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-05-12 20:25]

Gorgeous image Angela,
Love the way the light seems to illuminate their downy feathers. A perfectly composed shot of this very cute trio!! Beautiful colors with just the right amount of exposure and wonderful detail! Well done!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-12 23:18]

Hello Angela,
Beautiful baby swans. A lovely display, they do look so cute. Good capture, well done,
Best regards Siggi

Simple and beautiful.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-13 6:18]

Bravo, Angela.
Amazing shot of this charming trio with rare and wonderful backlight. You managed to reflect its fluffy costumes perfectly. Sun beams in the water also are looked greatly. Well done and thanks a lot.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-13 12:54]

Hi Angela. What a beautiful picture of the tree young Swans. all heading stright to you. Good detail and colours. Well done TFs.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-13 12:56]

Hi Angela,
great use of the back lighting here on these cute fluffy three, the reflections are great and your POV of them heading towards you is really nice too. A lovely spring image, thanks for sharing!

Hello Angela
I like this image very much, this three baby swans are so cute and you have taken they very well in a frontal view, the lighting on the cygnets contrasted very nicely against the dark water
very well done

Hi Angela,

Three is a beautiful number and you have managed all of them in excellent details capturing the reflection as well. Perfectly exposed with pleasing color and saturation.

Have a wonderful weekend ahead and best regards.

Bonito contraluz Angela y una imagen muy tierna.

Un abrazo desde España: Josep Ignasi.

I have been adding and subtraction from fav's...some older folks have gone now...so be it...and if I would and you know I would add this as one for me...it is as gentle as a late summers breeze on an unusually warm day....all from the natural light so well placed by the Creator!

Hello Angela !
I just visited your gallery, for the first time I think, and there are many wonderful shots - beginning with this one. I love the softness and the "cuteness" of this picture, with the little swans illuminated from behind, swimming on a water with beautiful reflections. Very nicely composed, excellent POV. Very well done !

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