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Mute Swan

Mute Swan
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Copyright: Kean Hoon Tan (keanhoon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 228 W: 0 N: 239] (1264)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-06 9:25
Viewed: 3913
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry correction, this is not Mute Swan, should be whooper swan instead thanks to Debz for the identification, wondering around the park searching for food..

Swans are large water birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae.

Swans usually mate for life, though "divorce" does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure. The number of eggs in each clutch is between 38.

The word is derived from Old English swan, akin to German Schwan, in turn derived from Indo-European root *swen (to sound, to sing), whence Latin derives sonus (sound). (Webster's New World Dictionary) Young swans are known as cygnets, from the Latin word for swan, cygnus. An adult male is a cob, from Middle English cobbe (leader of a group); an adult female is a pen (origin unknown).

Source: Wikipedia

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Exposure Time: 1/251
F-Stop: f/4.0
Focal Length: 15600/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2007-03-06 14:28
File Size: 165 kb

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great colors and details for this swan

bye ;)

A fairly common sight becomes a special treat when it's properly handled. You gave this shot an excellent POV and focus. The pearls of water on the swan give the picture a magical touch. Cheers!

I hope you don't mind an honest and constructive critique....
The POV has had no thought, you just walked up to the swan and snapped. If you had knelt down and got nearer to it's level, the photo would have improved immensely. This works for most subjects, get on the same level. You possibly could have then moved so that the concrete was not in the shot which would also improve it again. The focus on the head is perfect, though, so full marks there. It's definitely not a mute swan, though, their bills are more orange all the way down, with a black 'false eye' on either side. There's too much black on this one for it to be a mute swan.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-15 10:20]

Hello Kean, I have just noticed this shot and I just wanted to say that it is not a Mute Swan. The Beak is that of a Whooper Swan, not as common as the Mute Swan. The yellow and black markings are different to the Orange bill of the Mute Swan. The Whooper swan is also smaller than the Mute Swan. Anyhow you were lucky to see it as they are only seen in certain times of the year here in the UK.
Cheers and tfs

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