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black swan

black swan
Photo Information
Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-23 4:04
Viewed: 4407
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
There is only one black swan on lake of Annecy... It is difficult to see this black swan, but there are a lot of white.
I was very happy to make this photo with the reflection, I hope you like it.


Name : Black Swan - Scientific name : Cygnus atratus.


Description : The Black Swan has a body length of up to 142 cm, with the females being smaller than the males. In adults, the body is mostly black, with the exception of broad white wing tips, which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips. It is the only entirely black-coloured swan in the world.

Habitat : Black Swans are found throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south. They prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off.
Outside the breeding season, Black Swans travel quite large distances. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans. The Black Swan has been introduced into several countries, including New Zealand, where it is now common, and is a vagrant to New Guinea.

Food and feeding : The Black Swan is a vegetarian. Food consists of algae and weeds, which the bird obtains by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep. Occasionally birds will graze on land, but they are clumsy walkers.

Breeding: In the north, the Black Swan breeds from February to May, with June to September preferred by birds in the south. Birds form isolated pairs or small colonies in shallow wetlands. Birds pair for life, with both adults raising one brood per season. Up to ten eggs are laid in an untidy nest made of reeds and grasses. The nest is placed either on a small island or floated in deeper water. The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch.

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Wonderful photo Christian,
Very good composition, good colours, great reflection, very good job.

Beautiful picture of a beautiful swan.
Nice color , good composition , very good reflection.
Maybe a little oversharpt.
Well done

superbe prise de ce magnifique cygne noir , avec son reflet égal a lui même dans cette eau...j'ai eu l'occasion d'en prendre un egalement , je les trouve maginfique et majestueux....tres belle composition...bravo...amicalement BI

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-23 7:33]

A nice shot.
Excellent reflection on the still water,lovely colours.
Very well done.

Christian,Goodshot of the black swan. I assume you had to do some figuring out how to take this shot to get the correct reflections of the masts.
A minor improvement would be a little more room at the bottom of the reflection of the swan.
Great shot.
Greetings, Jan

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-23 8:28]

Beautiful Christian, the reflections, the colours very sharp and clear! Great work here!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-23 8:58]

Bella imagen, bella reflexion.
Gran nitidez, iluminacion exacta y una excelente perspectiva.
10 puntos Christian.!

Beautiful image, beautiful reflection.
Great clearness, exact illumination and an excellent perspective.
10 points Christian!

Very nice pose of the swan. The compo works well, details are superb. The refelction adds a nice touch. 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)
  • [2004-08-23 11:35]

I dont like, I love it! The reflecctoin id stunning and the color great. One question: On the reflection side of the image, is that a tiny reflection of a flag? Thanks for posting.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-23 15:25]

Super reflection and nice position in the frame, Christian. Yhis is a beautiful Aussie bird. I will add 1 cm below the refection for impact and balance!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-23 15:37]

Nice one Christain. The bird is very good and the reflections are interesting. I guess they are boat masts but they look a bit like lightening. Great composition and colour.

Christian, Very noteworthy photo. I like the distorted reflections from the masts as it helps to add a surreal effect. A winner!!

Hi dear Christian!
Glad to see you with this beautiful shot(and your great gallery in TN).
Very well cropped,in a fine way you captured it,reflection is excellent,calm,neat,sharp & nicely composed,too.I like it alot,You did great ,nice work,Christian!

Quelle élégance ! Beaux reflets et magnifiques contrastes de couleurs.

Lovely image. You caught the lighting just right.
Well done

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