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Mute Swan Cygnet

Mute Swan Cygnet
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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: 2008-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-20 11:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone, sorry I have missed a lot of shots over the past week, I totally lost my Broadband and have just got back online so hopefully I will catch up over the next week or so.

The first of the Swans on my local Park has hatched 8 healthy Cygnets, this is one of them, they are aroung 10 days old now, there are another 4 nests with the Swans still sitting on the. This pair also had eight last year and 6 the previous year to that so they are doing really well.

This is last years Brood

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

The mute swan is a very large white waterbird. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with black at the base of it. Flies with its neck extended and regular slow wingbeats. The population in the UK has increased recently, perhaps due to better protection of this species. The problem of lead poisoning on lowland rivers has also largely been solved by a ban on the sale of lead fishing weights. Some birds stay in their territories all year, while others move short distances and form winter flocks. In cold weather, some birds arrive from Europe into eastern England.

Where are they found

Breeds across most of the UK, other than in northern Scotland, mid-Wales and the moors of south-west England. Possible to see anywhere there is a shallow lake, or a slow-flowing rivers, even in urban areas and parks.


Water plants, insects and snails. They also eat a lot of Bread but remember no mouldy bread it will poison them.

What does it sound like?

Mostly silent, but hisses when angry; in flight its wings make a loud throbbing ‘waou, waou....'.

When to see it

All year round

Cloned out a bit of bread

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Hi Hil,
this Cygnet looks so cute and soft, it's lovely.
I like the POV and the composition and the colours are beautiful. The pose is also very nice with water drops from the beak.
Well done.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-20 11:59]

Hola Hil, una toma preciosa, con muy buena definición, luz y color, quizá hubiera ganado mucho si hubiera mas fotografia por la parte de bajo, así podriamos haber visto el reflejo. Aún así me gusta mucho, sobre todo el detalle de la gota de agua y los brillos en el pico. Un saludo

Cute fluffy, Hilary.
Good light and well composed.

very nice and sharp, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-20 12:48]

Hi Hilary. Now on the cute side this must be 10/10 . You have good detail in the soft looking feathers. I love the dip of water on its bill. with the light shining on it.Stands out so well against the blue of the water.
well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-20 13:06]

Hola Hilary,
bella imagen,
delicioso pov,
compo y color...
saludos amiga.

Hey Hilary,
An excellent capture of this cute Cygnet ... I particularly like the pose. Great sharpness & detail, great POV. Congratulations!!!

Hello Hilary,
The lighting is truly beautiful for this wonderful image of a cute little fellow!
very good closeup with sharpness, nice colour and details
very well done

Hi Hil,

Very cute picture of this Cygnet with good pose and composition, sharp details and nice colours.



hello Hilary

what a beautiful close shot of the baby of the Mute Swan,
fine POV, excellent clarity of the image, lovely colour
of the water, superb droplet at his beak, and ripples on the water,
great contrast, sharpness and details,
it is almost like a plush, TFS alot for this fine image


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-20 21:58]

Hi Hilary
Wonderful close up of this cute little cygnet
Superb detail and clarity with great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-20 22:05]

Bonjour Hil
Très belle prise, très belle netteté et couleurs, magnifique attitude du sujet.
Bravo, amicalement Robi

Hi Hilary
God, I so love the baby swans and the drop of water at the end of his beak was well captured.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-21 1:52]

Hello Hil,
a lovely photo of this cute little Cygnet :-)
Nice cool tones and excellent light.
Very sharp and crisp.
Great composition too.
I love the drip on its beak.

Very well done!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-21 3:00]

Hello Hillary, You can see the tiny drop from its beak in this shot. Excellent sharpness of this so cute photograph with superb clarity. Well done friend. Ganesh

Hallo Hilary
Time is little, but I cannot pass without leaving my comment and appreciation for this beautiful photograph. An admirable, adorable and very cute photograph. A real fluff ball that one would just want to pamper and oh and ah about. You have managed to capture a very special moment showing us this little chick from a very close point. A well presented, well focused image with clear details and good point of view. I liked this one a lot! Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Hilary,
WOW... truly a hear-touching photo of new life. POV, sharpness and exposure are all outstanding. Very Nicely Done! TFS Thomas

Hi Hilary,
It keeps happening with me too quite frequently. The service providers here are quite indifferent. They have a huge clientele, so they are immune to 'minor' individual problems :-)!
I love this lovely little fellow in your picture. It looks so cute.
The image is very well captured and presented.
I like the very symmetrical wave formation in front of the subject.
TFS and regards.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-05-21 10:55]

Hello Hilary , This shot is very nice and so complete ,well taken shot , good in pov and fine details , very good job ,I like it ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Hilary,
wow! Great close up of this adoable little guy,
superb sharpness and depth of field, amazing details
and excellent clarity, the water falling from his mouth
is terrific, great pose and lovely catchlight in his
eye, outstanding.

Nice close up Hilary.
Love the droplet and ripples on this.
Deep blue water sure adds to the effect of the photo.You managed real fine details out of this.
Glad your online again.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-22 7:46]

Hello Hilary,
A photo with perfect light, colours and composition. Excellent sharp details. Great POV, DOF and contrasts.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-22 8:32]

Hi Hilary,
Outstanding shot of this cute one in a fine pose. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and details. The plumage looks marvellous as is the drop on its beak. The blue water acts as a superb BG. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Hil,

What a heart plucking photograph!
Who couldn't smile and sigh gently looking at this!

The sharp exposure and the quality of the details is quite amazing! The arch of the neck, the glint in the eye and the tiny water droplet on the beak just settle it! I must make this one of my favourites!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Wow Hilary!
What a superb capture! I like those pastel tones of colors a lot which create a picture that brings feeling of tenderness and calm. Details are amazing and so is lightning, exposure and composition! This is a real master piece, congratulations!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-22 20:45]

Hello Hil

What a wonderful capture.
The colours are super.That shade of blue is amazing.
Excellent clarity and detail.
Wonderful eye contact.
The POV and DOF is well done.


Hi Hilary

Very cute, but u already know that don't you.
Well composed with good sharpness, the water droplet on the beak really makes this shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-23 10:44]

Hi Hil,

I was away and missed this adorable little Cygnet. He is way up there on the cuteness scale. So soft and cuddly looking. A marvelous close-up showing the wonderful face and the feathers. I love the water droplet on his beak and the swirls in the water.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-23 15:00]

Merhaba Hilary,
What a beautiful close shot of the baby of the Mute Swan, fine POV, excellent clarity of the image, lovely colour of the water. Great sharpness and detail, great POV. Congratulations!!!

Hello Hilary,

Excellent close-up of this cute cygnet. Superb composition. Wonderful this shiny beak and the droplet at the end of it. Excellent sharpness. Great light and colours.

Very cute shot Hil!
Excellent POV/Comp, and the wet beak with droplet adds some additional cute factor :)

Beautiful photos, very defined and beautiful colors.
I have a little cygnet too .... who knows to be included on your screens shortly ...

Hi Hil.
This is not ugly duckling, only beautiful small swan rather. Very pretty picture with good sharpness and exposition.
I greet Robert.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-24 14:06]

Hi Hillary
ths is a very lovely shot
very nice a bird
very well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-05-24 22:07]

ahh se is sweet Hilary
a fantastic shot of this sweet little swan, good details and a good pov, very good photojob, I like it, have a good sunday.
gr., jaap

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-25 2:09]

Bonjour Hilary,

Bravo pour cette belle présentation. Les détails sont extras et l'expression du petit est superbe.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-25 6:49]

A real cutie, Hil!
Superb close capture of a Mute Swan cygnet, the lighting, sharpness and detail couldn't be better and the composition on the water is superb.
A very appealing image and TFS!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-26 0:57]

Hi Hilary,
What a cutie:)Very well caught,framed and composed.Details on plumage are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Hil
This is just stunning...Not just for the subject..But for the way you have captured the whole scene..The cygnet is sharp where it should be (being the eye and beak with water about to drip) but the focus blends off perfectly to the rear of his head and body showing a great softness of this young bird....What sets this apart from any capture is the circles of water rippling out from a drip of water from the beak...I love the tiny distorted reflection in this...Its a stunning capture and thanks for sharing this fantastic picture.
All the best

Lewis done good on sunday!!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-27 3:33]

Hi Hilary,
This one cute little baby swan you have here. I love the contrast of its body against the blue water.That glistening beak looks beautiful with the drop of water falling off.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

bonjour hilary
une jolie petite frimousse,beaucoup de details dans le duvet du ce petit gygne mais je trouve le cadrage un peu trop serré.


Simply stunning, no need for words.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-14 0:27]

Hi Hil.
It is really terrific in every respect picture. You managed to represented this charming baby by the best art way. All is perfect. And diagonal composition and framing, and exactness of a reflection of fuzz, colour tones, expression of the eyes, water surface, etc. My hearty congratulations on this touching masterpiece.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-28 12:12]

hello hilary
wonderful portrait photo of this cute swan
i like POV, light, colours and sharpness

Hello Hilary,
Very nice work capturing this cute fuzzy baby swan. The deail shows exceptional details and greay tones throughout the subject. Well done.
Paul :)

WOW, Its sooooo cute, very nice photograph, great light and clarity.


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