The Flight ;-)
|Copyright: Dorota Mazurowska (blue-velvet29)
|Date Taken: 2006-03-26|
|Exposure: f/3.2, 1/340 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-03-27 4:07|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Mute Swans nest on large mounds that they build in the middle of a shallow lake. These monogamous birds reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding it as needed. Male and female swans share the care of the nest, and once the cygnets are fledged it is not uncommon to see whole families looking for food. They feed on submerged aquatic vegetation, reached with their long bills.
Although this bird can be tame, especially to those who feed it daily, it is aggressive in defence of its nest, and its size and impressive hissing make it a formidable adversary for animals as large as a fox; a grunt, on the other hand, may be a positive signal. There have been many reports of Mute Swans attacking people who enter their territory.
However, the Mute Swan is less vocal than the noisy Whooper and Bewick's Swans; the most familiar sound associated with Mute Swan is the whooshing of the wings in flight once this bird has laboriously taken off from the water. Unlike Black Swans, Mute Swans are strongly territorial. The familiar pose with neck curved back and wings half raised is a threat display.
The Mute Swan is protected in most of its range, but this has not prevented illegal hunting and poaching.
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I happen to think this is a very beautiful composition. Unique and different, and thats what sets it apart. Soft and beautiful.
- [2006-03-27 20:42]
Very minimalist composition Dorota, very nice. Well done, I like it. Thanks.
I like the composition here, all lines work very well together in a well balanced image!
- [2006-03-31 5:42]
Lovely capture.I liked visual impact and composition a lot.
- [2006-04-03 18:58]
I like this picture ... we could feel the action of this perfect white bird flying in the perfect white area ... Really well done. TFS