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Me and My Shadow!

Me and My  Shadow!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-02 0:46
Viewed: 3327
Points: 32
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Good Morning Everyone,

A bright spring morning has greeted us here in N.England! What a relief!

Today, I am posting a shot of two black swans which I captured at the Wild Life Park at Ulverston. I just loved the way they partnered each other and seemed to be moving in a partnered dance!

Here is some further information about them from Wikipedia:
The Black Swan is common in the wetlands of south western and eastern Australia and adjacent coastal islands. It is uncommon in central and northern Australia.

The Black Swan’s preferred habitat extends across fresh, brackish and salt water lakes, swamps and rivers with underwater and emergent vegetation for food and nesting materials. Permanent wetlands are preferred, including ornamental lakes, but Black Swans can also be found in flooded pastures and tidal mudflats, and occasionally on the open sea near islands or the shore.

Black Swans were once thought to be sedentary, but the species is now known to be highly nomadic. There is no set migratory pattern, but rather opportunistic responses to either rainfall or drought. In high rainfall years, emigration occurs from the south west and south east into the interior, with a reverse immigration to these heartlands in drier years. When rain does fall in the arid central regions, Black Swans will migrate to these areas to nest and raise their young. However, should dry conditions return before the young have been raised, the adult birds will abandon the nests and their eggs or cygnets and return to wetter areas.

Many thanks for your visit.
I hope you enjoyed it!
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)

pp cropped, sharpened, added borders and signed

haraprasan, PaulH, jaycee, nglen, gracious, gerbilratz, japiey, pablominto, thiv56, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hi Bev,

Just marking up and will get back later...


Hi Beverley,
A lovely couple portrait capture. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-02 6:57]

Hi Bev,
great shot of this pair who do seem to be mirroring each here! Great POV to show tis off to it's fullest! Have a great bank holiday w/e.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-02 10:02]

Hi Bev,

What a lovely couple! I don't think I have ever seen black swans. They are beautiful - love those red beaks. Excellent colors, shadings and details of their faces and plummage. A wonderful composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-02 12:47]

Hi Beverley. We had a pair in the local park last year but they left last spring i have not seen them again. you have captured good detail and colours in the feathers.i like the pose with both birds looking down. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Bev,
very good closeup of the blackswans!
the colour just wonderful with good sharpness and details
good composition always with a good frame
well done

Hi Bev, splendid couple of wonderful black swans, fascinating composition with fantastic light and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-03 14:56]

Hi Bev

Lovely shot of the Black Swans.
Nicely composed with a great POV and a nice mirror image pose.
Great exposure on the black feathers and Superb colours.
Good note too.


Hi Bev,
splendid duo shot, very sharp clear and neat, lovely colours and very nice frame,
excellent post,

Hi Bev, really good black colouration on these swans, the definitions are excellent, each feather layer being nicely discernible. Good composition. tfs regards h

Hi BR,

Beautifull image of the black swans...
Fine capture... and their looks are interesting..


Hello Beverley,
Nice shapes have been captured!
Good repetition effect and the red beaks are real eye-catchers...
I like the framing that adds dynamics to the image!
Pablo -

Hello Beverley!

Very nice, well-composed and sharp shot of these elegant birds! TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-05 11:25]

Hello Bev,
What a splendid composition showing these beautiful Australian Black Swans. Very well-timed and details are sharp and colours beautiful. Well done!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-06 0:28]

Hi Beverley.
Fantastic crisp sharpness and details of and image of a wonderful scene. Great work. I like all. DOF, lights, exposure. Cropping and presentation. All is spot on. My congratulations.

They look like they are doing syncronize swiming, so beautiful and elegant as the more popular white swan. Great detail and sharpness. TFS

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