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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Hoya 55mm Cir-Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/105 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-19 6:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cygnus Olor – Mute Swan


The Adults are completely white, but the head can be stained rusty from feeding in acidic waters. The Bill is orange-red with black nail, cutting edge, bill-base, nostril, and fleshly frontal knob. Legs and feet are black.. The Juvenile: bill lacks frontal knob, pinkish-grey, with black areas as adult becoming pinker during first winter and attaining adult shape and colour by second winter. Legs and feet are grey.

Field Identification:

Length 125-155 cm (50-61in)
The Males are usually larger than females.

In Flight:

The typical swan shape, most easily distinguished in flight by clearly audible throbbing drone ‘waou, waou waou’ produced by the wing-beats. Hardly vocal in flight, apart form occasional grunts. Pointed tail projects beyond prominent black feet, in northern species feet reach tail-tip, but if a bird is close enough to see this feature bill is also visible.
As the name implies, least vocal of swans, but by no means mute. Utters short grunts and hisses, also during breeding period short, lout snorts, but lacks honking flight calls of other species.
We find this swan on most of our lakes, rivers and ponds, both in open country and about towns and cities. They are generally tame, but wild birds (in Asia) are wary and unapproachable. It has long been domesticated particularly in Britain, where its history dates back to the twelfth century; also domesticated by the Greeks and Romans. Normally strong territorial in the breeding season, driving most other wildfowl from the vicinity of nest, but in some places large numbers breed in close proximity to each other, as at Abbotsbury, Dorset, in England.

The nest is a huge mound of vegetation, close to the waterside, often among tall fringe vegetation. Breeding commences in April, but introduced populations in South Africa breed in September and October. Cygnets, when small are often carried on the back of the female. Male will be aggressive, swimming in jerking movements towards intruder, with inner wing feathers arched and neck resting back on shoulders. After breeding they form large concentrations on selected waters, for post-breeding moulting.

Feeds primarily by reaching below surface with long neck, frequently upending, but will also dabble and graze on the land like other swans of the Northern hemisphere.


Favours lowland freshwater lakes, pools, and reservoirs, gravel-pits, rivers and park-lakes. Also on estuaries, coastal brackish lagoons and even in sheltered coastal bays.


European population increasing with local introductions continuing though in parts of Britain species has shown serious decline recently, mainly caused by poisoning from swallowing anglers’ discarded lead weights.


Happy Father’s day …

Janice, Fisher, liquidsunshine, marhowie, sAner, twin, PDP, red45, dew77, coasties, gerhardt, slrnovice2, tiobibi has marked this note useful
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Hi Julia, what a cute pair of baby swans. Well composed with excellent colurs and details. Just beautiful. Good notes too. Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-19 7:36]
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Very pleasant photo, nice composition. Well done.

Hi Julia,
Beautiful capture, they are cute and makes a really nice father's day gift. I have two, a 9 year old and an almost 11 year old.
Excellent work.


Lovely shot Julia,
Excellent detail, sharpness, colours and composition. Good framing and nicely exposed.
Thanks for posting

Hey Julia, Thanx! My wife sent me an e-card and now this..Now we'll see if my two sons can remember they have a dad! ;-) Very good details and exposure, a great view of the two. Very cute! Well done and Thanx for remembering all us DADS!!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-19 11:04]
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Hello Julia,

This is lovely! Perfect exposure, well composed and sharp details. Really well done & TFS!


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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-19 12:07]
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Lovely picture... Very cute and very fine tecnically... Colors and composition is so fine... TFS...Ina...

Hi there :) Lovely picture of the fluffies !! They are just gorgeous little things. Good compo with great colours too.


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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-06-19 13:03]
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Cute animals. Your shot is superb. I like the black and white. Thanks.

Beautiful picture, Julia.
Very well composed, with the dark water, I like it very much.
Good details, nice colours and good POV.
Excellent work.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-19 13:45]
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cute babies they are...
very well framed..
really so nice pic...
and a great note...
thanks for posting...

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-19 16:07]
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Hello Julia, very nice. I like the composition alot. Cute little buggers. Good shot and note, thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-06-19 16:29]
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Cutness factor indicator on red scale ;-) Just lovely photo Julia!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-19 20:40]
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Belle composition, les couleurs et la netteté sont parfaites.

félicitations !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-20 2:16]
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Hello Julia!
Very cute pair.Details,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Julia

Stunning shot. Nice presentation. Very cute subjects. All 'n all an awesome composition. Congrats.

Hi Julia. Awww, great cute factor here :), arn't they sweet? Lovely exposure, sharpness and DOF - it really works and your composition is fantastic. Beautiful shot :)

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2005-06-21 13:09]
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Nice composition and colors. Almost has a sepia look to it. Very well done Julia.

Great work, Julia. Love the 'monochrome' look, enhanced by the wide frame. Shame there's not a *tiny* bit more space at the top, though.

Very fine clarity here, Julia! The two ducks together make a nice composition: balanced and interesting--and a bit unique. Nice!

Hello, Julia. That is a wonderful composition. The baby swans are captured with sharp details and wonderful light. A beautiful picture! Well done and TFS. : )

postcard quality shot! sharp, beautiful colors and very cute subject!

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  • wallie (34)
  • [2005-09-01 14:57]

What a very good, sharp and nice picture. Put it on a wall.


Julia, these babies are so beautiful and soft looking, great capture.

Hi Julia,

I'm returning the favor for critiquing one of mine. The thing that stands out most for me with this image is the composition... excellent!!! Very nice detail as well. Makes you just want to reach out and scoop one up.

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  • jorg (635)
  • [2006-03-23 19:16]

Hi Julia,

Watching your photos I have found these charmers small swans,are precious.
The photo also is pretty.



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