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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-100
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 2:46
Viewed: 2864
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The cropping is a bit tight above and below but this is basically the original photo.

I hope you like it.

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, near Sidemi (Dement'ev,G.P.(1967), Gmelin(1789) and John Latham(1824) reported Mute Swans present in Kamchatka in the 1700s and still nesting there in 2007.[Sladen and King,1976 and Heilprin,J.[Assoc.Press].(2006)] recorded Mute Swans arriving in Alaska across the Bering Strait.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as "cobs") averaging at about 12kg (27 lbs), and females (known as "pens") more than 9 kg (20 lbs.). An exceptionally enormous Polish cob weighed almost 23 kg (50 lbs.), 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 air plane, however, often mistake the species, creating questionable counts. The most similar species is Whooper Swan, but that has a yellow and black bill, and 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 [Burton,K](2007). 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.

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Preciosa y elegante fotografía por el
contraste, los colores y el buen enfoque
conseguido. Buena luz. Conseguiste
plasmar bien las plumas del cuerpo y
eso es difícil en esta ave.
Saludos Joe y buen fin de semana:

J. Ignasi

Hi Joe, elegant swan with wonderful reflections, beautiful composition with splendid colors, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-10 3:30]

Graceful indeed, Joe!
This is a beautiful capture of Mute Swan cob, the lighting and exposure superb to create this wonderful contrast between the swan and the watery Bg. Agree that it is a bit tight but the compositin is great. He seems tobe stretching his leg.
Enjoy your weekend,

Ahhhhh...elegant and beautiful. THe dark water is perfect here....well done. Lovely handling of those difficult colors. A very serene shot.

hello joe,
this is really graceful, excellent exposure, the reflections make the shot special, nice contrast , beautiful framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-10 8:16]

Hello Joe,
What a beautiful contrasting colours. The reflection in the black water gives a pleasant sphere.

I think this pose and composition is everyones favorite. It is hard to detect any area which is in need. It is an image which needs music perhaps...or a strong emotion. I can hear Vivaldi playing...yes...a violin piece or perhaps the Winter part of his 4 Seasons..It carries with the image a strong feeling.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-10 10:18]

Hi Joe. I always like a picture of a Swan and your with the dark back ground is very good. a good refection in the water.i like the pose with its leg up at the back . well done TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-10 12:19]

Outstanding contrast and depth of colour, Joe!
The composition is lovely -- classic thirds, with a delightful reflection to boot

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-10 13:00]

Hello Joe,
This is a very smart picture - I like the narrow rectangular frame and even though it is a tight fit on the Swan it doesn't disturb me here. It's a very beautiful composition, details are sharp and the colours and the reflection in the water are so beautiful.
Many thanks and enjoy your weekend, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 13:49]

Hello Joe.
Excellent Presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.You did a good job in reagdr of the details from that white plumage.I like that reflextion in the water.
TFS Michel

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-10 17:49]

Hi Joe

Greetings from California!

A lovely shot - spot-on exposure and excellent POV - I like the positioning of the swan at the top of the frame very much.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-11 2:48]

Very nice photo!
Nice colors and framing!

Hello Joe,
You present here very beautiful and elegant swan, with very nice composition & POV!
Also, excellent details and lovely colours here!
Graceful indeed with beautiful species, well presented!
TFS and best wishes,

Magnifique, majestueux, belel composition, et belle lumière.

Hi Joe,

A nice image of the swan and of its reflection in the water, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Joe
Wonderful shot of this Mute Swan ,
Perfect exposure,reflection and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-12 13:59]

Hi Joey,
Dark background makes this beautiful swan stand out very well. I liked the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Joe,
perfect shot similar postcard. I like your composition and frame. Dark colorud surface supply a high quality contast. POV, focus, moment also very nice. good notes. TFS, well done

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