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Cygnet to Swan

Cygnet to Swan
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 7:55
Viewed: 3199
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Its hard to belive that one of these little guys in this shot at 2 weeks old has grown to this, already he/she is started to do the classic swan pose.

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Some FAQ's about Swans

What do Swans eat?

Swans living on Freshwater will eat Pondweed, grass, tadpoles and insects
Swan living in Saltwater will eat grasses, rushes, insects and molluscs.

What can we feed Swans?

Fresh Bread (Mould is poisoness to them) also wheat and corn is good. Always feed in water as Swans swallow the food with water and also it keeps them on the Water where they are safer.

Can you give them too much?

No not at all, Swans are not greedy so only eat what they need, so don't worry when they ignore your bread they are just full.

Do Swans mate for life?

Mostly, but divorce sometimes occurs, also when a partner is lost a Swan will grieve for a period and then find a new partner in time.

How long do they live?

Normally 12 years or so in the Wild but in a protected area it can be a long as 30 years.

What are the biggest treats?

Natural treats are things like Foxes and Mink, but now Pollution, Vandelisum, Uncontrolled Dogs, Fishing Tackle, Lead poisoning and Power Cables are major causes of Injury and Death.

Can Swans inter-breed with different spiecies

I've seen some pictures of a Whopper Swan and a Trumpeter Swan couple with three little Tropper Cygnets but I don't think its very common.

Info from the Swan Santuary Website Shepperton UK

Regards Hilary :o)

nglen, fartash, Patleboss, metcher, Alex99, izler, angybone, vanderschelden, Argus has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-14 8:37]

Hi Hilary. What a clear picture of the young mute swan. you have fine detail in the feathers . with rich colours. showing the new white feathers. as you say they grow very quickly. good use of the light to give a clear shot. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Hilary
This an amazingly sharp detailed shot showing the transition from cygnet to swan..He is showing and probably practising the classic swan pose..a great pov and superb colours.
tfs and All the Best

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-14 9:22]

What a beautiful image Hil!!
+++ Very,very detailed with excellent sharpness and great clarity. The reflection is gorgeous and I like the ripple to the right of the Swan. Lovely lighting.
--- Nothing :)
Very well done,

Hello Hilary
Perfect moment to shoot,
Great details,reflections and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Wouaw Hilary, splendid shot,
I love the reflection on the water, fantastic colors, perfect focus and excellent point of view
realy well done,
cheer and TFS,

Hi, Hilary.
Beautiful young swan. Very good details and sharpness. Well composed. Nice light too.

Amazing, quels superbes détails, quell emagnifique composition , une grande réussite.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-15 9:09]

Hi Hilary.
I am amazed with impressiveness of subject and quality o d the picture. Both are simply outstanding. Clearness of the colours are impress the imagination as well as the exactness of light tone reproduction. Water image, mirror reflections and waves are fantastic too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-17 10:09]

selam Hilary
successful capturing of this beauty while its swimming
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, details and reflections
thanks for sharing

  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-22 7:52]

Hi Hilary, this is a very nice photo of this young Swan. Rarely taken but worth it. The light, tones and shadows in this shot are magnificent. It is good to see his wings raised, proving he is growing up. Very nice pov and a great composition.
:) later

hi hilary,

you got excellent details in his plumage also by being so far.

Somehow I missed this photo when you posted it a few months ago.
Sure miss you around here. I hope you're back to stay! :)

A lovely shot here...wonderful details int he feathers. Well done! :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-24 21:28]

Hello Hil

A beautiful swan image ,that has a good sense of motion to it,the pose is graceful and almost flash.
One gets the feel of a forward glide as the swan sails along.
The focus is spot on with excellent detail.
Wonderful plumage detail and you have captured a lovely glint in the eye.



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-24 23:26]

Hello Hil,
Congratulations for this awesome capture and
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-25 20:32]

Hello Hil,
By looking at the date Hil you haven't posted in awhile, thats a shame as this image has amazing details and lovely colors.
Merry Christmas to you and yours Hil and hope to see more of your images in the New Year.

Hello Hilary,
My compliment towards your excellent gallery of quality photos that sharing with us, they are perfectly done!
as for this photo is no exception in a top quality standard in perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details!
the sharpness on the plummage is just amazing!
very well done and TFS

Good S curve, Hilary. In PP as well as in the Swan's pose:-)
Excellent DOF; overall sharp.
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-08 1:09]

Hello Hilary,
I don't think I've ever seen a cygnet behaving like an adult in this way by raising its wings in the typical swan manner. You've caught him sharply from a fine POV in an excllent composition with the beautifully rippled water.
Pity I missed this previously.

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