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*I had baby swans too*

*I had baby swans too*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hoya 67mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 3:11
Viewed: 3934
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As i was going through my "archives" on this grey rainy
day i found some photos i took earlier this year.
I did not find that they were very "spectacular",
so i have not posted them yet. They show some of the
swans of my next door Blücher Park. I liked the pose of
the adult with the outstretched leg and foot, and yes,
i had some baby swans this year too *g*.

Thanks & have a great sunday! :-)


The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a common Eurasian
member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae.

This species of bird is found naturally mainly in
temperate areas of Europe across western Asia, as far
east as the Russian maritimes.

It is migratory throughout northern latitudes in Europe
and Asia, as far south as north Africa and in the
Mediterranean. It is known and recorded to have nested
in Iceland and is a vagrant to that area, as well as to
Bermuda according to the U.N.Environmental Program
chart of international status chart of bird species.

Adults of this large swan range from 125 to 170 cm long
with a 200-240 cm wingspan. They may stand over 1.2 m
tall on land. Males are larger than females and have a
larger knob on their bill.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with
males averaging about 12 kg and females more than 9
kg. An exceptionally enormous Polish cob weighed almost
23 kg, surpassing the longer-bodied Trumpeter Swan to
make it the heaviest waterfowl ever recorded. Its size,
orange-reddish bill and white plumage make this swan
almost unmistakable at close quarters. Surveys done by
airplane, however, often mistake the species, creating
questionable counts. The most similar species is the
Whooper Swan, but it has a yellow and black bill, lacks
the curved "swan" neck, is longer and heavier, and
lacks the characteristic projection above the bill.

Young birds, called "cygnets", are not the bright white
of mature adults, and their bill is black, not orange,
for the first year. The color of the down may range
from pure white to grey to a buff color. The grey/buff
coloration is more widespread in cygnets around the
world. The white colored cygnets have a leucistic gene,
seen most often in the north central states in America
and in Poland. All Mute Swans are white at maturity.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mute_Swan]


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Good, sharp image of a "family" of swans...excellent POV and descriptions.

Hello Thorsten,
Well composed. The animals are all in the DOF range...

Hi Thorsten
Very nice cute image. I like composition with water circles and interestin color of water. Great moment and nice composition (maybe it would be a little bit better with swan group more on the left side
Best wishes

Hi Thorsten,
das ist ja allerliebst - und Mami rudert wohl im Kreis mit nur einem Bein?!?
Ein schöner Moment mit den Kreisen drumherum, gefällt mir, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugardua

Hello Thorsten,
Very lovely photo you brought here! I love this shot very much. :-)
I can see the very nice composition and focusing, with excellent details and natural light.
Also, well presented with informative note!
Thanks for the sharing this lovely photo.
Best wishes, Kevin
Have a great day! :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-27 2:47]

Hello Thorsten,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,exposure,framing and composition also a lot.TFS

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-27 9:03]

Hallo Thorsten, was du alles so im Archiv hast. Mehr davon bitte! Ist ja eine allerliebste Aufnahme mit den kleinen Schwänchen um ihre Schwanenmana.Und sie winkte dem Fotografen zu:-))))
LG Rose

LOVELY family.
Great POV & DOF.
Excellent clarity.
Great focusing job.
Mario with greetings.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-12-04 17:09]

Hi my frien
Intresting shot from you again as usual. nice moment you have captured again. Good colours, POV, sharpnes and details. Also good note.
Well done mf


Hi Thorsten,
Excellent family capture. Very good exposure, color, DOF, and nice detail. Mom's pose is very strange to me..perhaps she's using her foot to direct traffic? ;}
Well done!

bonjour thorsten
c'est une image tres attendrissante que voila,j'aime aussi la pose de la mere avec la patte sortie de l'eau.
bonne exposition et netteté parfaite;

Hi Thorsten,
this photo looks very good to me and I like the green hue the water it has.It is always nice to see the young of any species and these swans are no exception.The details are good and the colour is very good despite what to appears to have been poor lighting conditions at the time and the out stretched foot is a nice extra element.Tfs. Bob

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-24 0:27]

Hi Thorsten

Here's just to say I'm missing you around the site...

Thanks for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

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