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Mute Swan

Mute 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: 2006-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 15:26
Viewed: 4358
Points: 32
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Mute Swan

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 poinoning 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.
Link to the Tropper Cygnets

Info from the Swan Santuary Website Shepperton UK, you can get to this site from the above Link

Regards Hilary :o)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-03 15:29]

Hi Hilary .Snap. Good Shot. Good background and detail with nice colour.well done.

Hi Hilary,
it's so wonderful - sharp and close, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • kali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 2 N: 0] (536)
  • [2007-05-03 15:50]

Hi Hilary. Good close up.Good detail and colour.TFs. Mehmet Kali

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-03 15:58]

Hi Hilary.
Beautiful portrait with amazing colors and superb sharp details.I like this blue color water on background so much.Well done.
Thanks,with greeting Milos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-03 23:05]

Hello Hil

This swan is looking at you adoringly.A wonderful portrait.The details are razor sharp, excellent eye contact.Nice rich ,deep colours.Well done.TFS


I have not seen a nest here,but Loch Garry is a large area and I only get to a small tributary of it.

bonjour hilary
il est assez reussi ce portrait,net avec un beau fond bleu qui fait ressortir l'oiseau,il est juste un peu trop exposé sur le front je pense.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-04 10:34]

Hi Hil,

A wonderful portrait of the swan. The colors and details are wonderful but my favorite is that marvelous eye!!


Hello Hil
Very nice portrait of this Swan,
Fantastic colors and BG,
Great details and DOF,

Good Luck,friend

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-04 17:05]

Hello Hilary,
this is gorgeous, the DOF is spot on. Excellent POV and the sharpness is superp.
Very well done.

Nice work Hil good sharpness and focus, pov is nice. Good colours and contrast tfs rgds Necip.

Magnifique détails et netteté superbe, belle composiotn que ce gros plan.

Hello Hill,
This is a very nice one! This is soooo close :) Details, composition and exposure are very good and your notes, much interesting. This blue BG and catch light in beautiful! Well done and TFS,

Nice eye contact, good detail and nice exposure. Well taken profile shot.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-25 11:56]

Hi Hilary.
This is your firm shot: amazing and skilful. Terrific cropping, expression, lighting (and shadows), reproduction of the all details of this wonderful bird and its surroundings. Bravo and best regards.

Hello Hilary,
well composed, powerful portrait, pefectly reduced to the main parts, with a well fitting, well contrasting colourful background. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Hil,
beautiful portrait of the swan with excellent details and colours. Great focus and light management!
Thanks and regards

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