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Another Aussie Export

Another Aussie Export
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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: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 3:16
Viewed: 3843
Points: 30
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Black Swan
Cygnus atratus

This is a Happy Birthday greetings to Bob.

I liked the shape of this fellow’s neck and I thought it might make a good greetings card for Bob Shannon


There are seven species of swans in the world, all pure white except for the Australian black swan and the South American black-necked swan.

The black swan was introduced as a game bird from Australia to New Zealand in the 1860s but also probably reached 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.

Yes, another Aussie export

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Argus, siggi, mayuresh, robindb, Luis52, rcrick, marhowie, eng55, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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To azleader: We're managing ok.Janice 1 07-17 18:34
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Hi Janice,

good shot, nice colours, beautifull swan, nice water reflections and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-15 3:51]

Hello Janice,
The Black Swan has become a park-escape in Europe and has presumably started to breed in the wild. So if it not regarded in NZ as part of the bird fauna it ought to be!
A great capture with an unusual neck- stretch. Both the swan and its reflection look great in this fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-15 4:49]

Hello Janice!

Black and red and dangerous :-) Great shot of this Loch Ness Monster, erm... I mean, black swan. Interesting shape of neck - can you do similiar thing with your neck my friend? I'm afraid I can't :-) If it is from Oz, it is poisonous for sure. Be carefull!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-15 5:32]

Beautiful picture Janice.
The exposure of the black ia perfect, I can see all the details. Very good compostion, detrails and colours.
Great work.
Regards Siggi

Hello Janice,
superb shot,wonderful pose capture with reflection,nice composition and pov,
well done,

Hi Janice,

Good timing for this shot with an interesting neck line and the wings slightly up.


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  • Corvus (82)
  • [2008-07-15 14:44]

Hi Janice,

What an unusual pose you have captured of the swan. I looks as if it has just withdrawn its head from the water. The important thing is that you are showing some of the character of the bird. I feel if we are photographing birds this is what we should be doing.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-15 18:06]

Hola Janice.
Muy hermosos los colores en negro de este Cisne. Su pico y sus ojos en color rojo lucen de sobremanera. la pose ideal para la foto.
Saludos Janice.

Hi Janice,

Wonderful shot of this Black Swan, you have to love them they just look so regal, superb detail in the blacks, well framed and composed, looks like the shot I did not so long ago, lovely work.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-16 20:31]

Hello Janice, Superb composition and lighting. Great view and I like the frame. Ganesh

Hi Janice,
Great interest with the odd pose/crook-in-the-neck thing going on.
Nice POV, detail, color, and exposure, it's well composed..
Thank you for this "aussie" export, no tariffs here ;}
Well done!

Oh... Noooo, is this Swan thing true to?

So there has been a coordinated attack by multiple Australian birds species into hapless New Zealand? Could this whole business be worse than I'd originally thought?

Why hasn't the United Nations called for an international peace keeping force to stop this horrible genocide perpetrated by Coots and Swans? Where is the UN when you need it?

Surely there must be a sinister reason why Australian swans are black, don't you think?

Janice, are you all right? How were you able to secret out this valuable intelligence data concerning an unprovoked attack on your country when all communication lines are down? Are you at great risk to life and limb bringing this dastardly situation to the attention of the outside world?

Please, will you protect yourself at all costs? You don't want to become another senseless casualty in this outrageous conflict, do you?

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-18 3:30]

Hi Janice,
Excellent capture of this black swan.POV,pose of bird,details on black plumage are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,

This is a cute shot of this swan, it looks very expressive.You filled the frame very nicely with it's outstretched bent out of shape neck, a pleasure to view. All the time I was down in South America I've never seen the black-necked swan but I will certainly keep my eye out for one. Great image and thanks for sharing. I hope all is well with you, it's been a little bit since I've checked TN out.
Paul :)

Hello Janice,
Good composition with that reflection. The depth of field is OK 'cause the Black swan is in that range. Good moment; the neck curve. The blacks are well detailed.

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