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Taxi Ride II (for Gert) (38)
|This subject was placed highest on my wish list, since Gert's cute Taxi Ride. I knew swans had the same parenting habit than Gert's great crested grebe, so I started by locating three swans nests visible from the shore, on different locations of the Seine river. Afterwards, it's just a question coming regularly to observe, and lot's of luck. Mute swans (Cygnus Olor) are widespread in Europe. You'll find a comprehensive note in a previous post here|
OBSERVATION AND PHOTOGRAPHIC FACTS
The worst time of the day (before noon) with a cloudy sky and a flat harsh light reflecting in the water. This female, followed by 5 babies was at 3 meters of the bank, grazing on aquatic vegetation. The Seine is large on that spot. It's the main arm, with a heavy traffic of barges. Their nest was on a little island in the middle of the arm, secured from predators. To come on the shore, they had to cross (5 minutes)
I observed their peregrination for more than one hour sitting on the bank, or moving up and down the shore, awaiting the right moment. A few barges navigated up and down on the river, creating long waves. At a moment, a first baby climbed from the back, then a second one, and so on. I started to take some shots. They seemed to need a rest, because the two first ones, once installed, closed immediately their eyes. When the mother went away from the bank, the last climbed also. It was clear that this was done for crossing the river and come back close to the nest on the island, where the male was waiting. This was the last shot before the swan turned her back. Arrived close to the island, the mother ejected the five babies (see how on the enclosed workshop).
It has been thrilling to watch. Hope I made you share this moment also.
Shot and adjusted in RAW mode on DPP. Converted to JPEG, USM sharpening in PSE (85-0,6-0). Resized and framed.
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|Hi, Jean Michel.|
Here, some sharpness through Intellisharpen II, a PhotoShop plug-in.
I hope you like it.
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|Arrived close to the island, mother swan moved her wings several times. The five young swans slipped together from the back in the water. Learning the hard way!|