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Mute Swan: Introduced In South Africa

Mute Swan: Introduced In South Africa
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-03-16 10:41
Viewed: 2220
Points: 28
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I have captured this "Mute Swan" (Cygnus olor) in Gauteng, South Africa. Here I'm not mentioning the name of the Lake due to its protection. There are five Swans in the Lake. But don't know how long they will survive. Wish South Africa's wish will fulfill and this species will spread all over the country.

*Mute Swan have been introduced in South Africa as well as Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

*The name 'Mute' derives from it being less vocal than other Swan species.

*Measuring 125 cm to 170 cm in length, this large Swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced "Knob" atop the bill.

*The Mute Swan is one of heaviest flying bird, with male (known as 'Cobs') averaging about 12 kg and the slightly smaller females (known as 'Pens') weighing about 9 kg.

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What a beautiful scene by landing to South Africa great and warm colours and compo well done DRKUMAR BALIAL

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-03-16 11:19]

Beautiful capture, Srikumar. The composition, colors and forms are great!



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-16 11:52]

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful photo of an animal which is almost a pest in the area where I live. We got a lot of them. I don't hope they drive out the native species in South Africa.
The photo is splendid with a nice pose and gorgeous colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-16 12:30]

Hi Srikumar,magnificent frontal capture of this mute swan very common in my country too in the wild rivers and lakes,no comment about the quality,a masterwork with a golden background,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-16 19:36]

Hello Srikumar,
You could not have asked for a nicer pose then this, the way the wings wrap up around the swans body is so artistic looking. I love the gorgeous golden colored water behind in contrast to the beautiful greenish water in the foreground. Perfect white balance and wonderful eye contact. Love it!!

Hello Srikumar,
Excellent image with this swans.....I hope that they will live despite the small number (5) introduced.....This is such a impressive specie with outstanding shape and color wide spread here in Europe. They are loved by children and everybody wishes to take some pictures with them.

hallo Sri
very nice composition with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Srikumar
Fantastic capture of this Mute Swan. The colours are brilliant with fine detail and composition. He's a real beauty and I hope he makes it. A lovely portrait all around.
TFS Janice

Hello Srikumar

WOW ! Lovely photo of this Mute Swan, very fine frontal POV obtaining that
lovely pose and eye-contact, excellent DOF, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-20 4:04]

Hi Srikumar,
Very interesting light and colours the water. Swan is very nice
and good white balance.
Regards Jiri.

OUTSTANDING IMAGE this is.Great back ground.

Wow, Srikulmar,
this image is mighty impressive, a real winner.
A pose in motion so powerful and iconic, with most delightful and unusual colours.
A great pleasure to see. Thank you.
With best regards,

Hi Srikumar,

I like the reflections on the water. The point of view is showing the details of the Mute Swan. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Majestic image, outstanding notes.
well done, good eye contact, TFS,

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