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The Mute Swan

The 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: 2007-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 14:12
Viewed: 6952
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first Attempt at a Collage so I had to use my favourite subjects.

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 does it live?
Found in lakes with shallow areas for feeding, slow-flowing rivers, canals, nearby fields and beside salt and brackish water.
As for breeding, but also on sheltered coasts and estuaries.
Where to see it
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.
What does it eat?
Water plants, insects and snails.
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

notes form RSPB Website

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-02 14:16]
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Hi Hilary

I love this - it is like looking at a whole life cycle. Your first attempt at a collage is perfect. The colours are vibrant and the pictures look wonderful grouped together. I love the little cygnet with the bowed head and fluffy feathers



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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-02 14:46]

Hi Hil,

Beautiful work, nicely done.
Happy New Year.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-02 15:14]

Hi Hilary.
This is beautiful colorful collage compound from amazing shots.Every picture is very beautiful and globally is that a astonishing presentation with these exquisite birds.
Very much nicely done and precise work.Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

Hi Hilary,
a beautiful collage, I love the colours and every single shot, together it's perfect.
Thanks and I wish you a Happy New Year
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-02 15:36]

Un compendio de imágenes Hilary que sintetiza tu pasión por estos animales.
Me gusta la forma de organizarlos y el orden elegido, cada cuadro con sus detalles y bellezas únicas.
Feliz 2007!!!

A summary of images Hilary that synthesizes your passion for these animals.
I like to organize them and the elected order, each frame with its details and unique beauties.
Happy 2007!!!

Hello Hilary, wonderful composition of mute swan, superb colors, great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Well done Hilary.
It's only when you see these shots all together, that one can get appreciate why they are your favorites :)
Very nice job on this, your first collage.
Have a Great Week!

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-02 17:53]

this is very well put together, so many things to view and so many beautiful images.
i realy like the one with all the cygnets in a line, nice work.
i must try one of these one day


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-02 19:26]

Hello Hilary,
a wonderful collection of your mute swan photographs. Very well compsed and put together.
TFS.. and happy New Year.

Bonjour Hilary

Un magnifique présentation de différentes prise de vue a différents moments, tout a fait adorable!
Excelent détails de montage.
Merci pour le partage et a bientôt...JP.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-02 23:31]

Hello Hil

A beautiful first collage.This is a fine tribute to the mute swan.So elegant and graceful.I love the compilation.Well done on the balance of the composition.TFS


Hi Hilary,
Great collection of swan photos.
Nice PP works.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Hilary

A very nice selection of images, well presented. You have put alot of work into this.. thank you for the effort! :-)

Hi Hilary,
A very beautiful collage and with very beautiful photos. So great to see all the different stages of life. My only advise that I can give you, is to use the same lenght and width on all photos and use a raster to line them up.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-03 4:09]

Hi Hilary

And a very beautiful first attempt it is!
All of the pictures look great and the black framing between them makes an excellent contrast between them.
Everywhere the colors are charmign and wonderful, the details very nice and sharp and the the different POVs and poses by your cute subject are great.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Bravo for this collage. The mute swan is also my favourite bird. Best regards Cezar T.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-03 7:12]

Hi Hilary.
What a nice great work you have presented. I think the shot for this collage were selected perfectly. Superb illustration of Swan life, its behavior, pose(s). habitat, etc.
Bravo and my compliments.

Very nice Hilary good arrangement of the shots I like the way they are facing inwards along the left and right columns. TFS your good work best rgds Necip. Sorry points tommorrow got a little carried away today.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-04 20:47]

Hello Hilary!
Really interesting pictures, each of them are just great.

bonjour hilary
une des neuf est un peu flou mais l'ensemble est tres reussi avec de bleu couleurs.
bien realisé ce collage.

Hello Hilary,
Oh... It seems like I missed this great collage. Congratulations! It is really well done with your nice pictures; it is a nice retrospective of the year! I don't even know how to do it yet ;) Well done with a good choice of pictures! Thanks,
No time to read the note, but I'll be back :)

Hi Hilary,
A lovely mosaic/collage with such a nice selection of images of this beautiful and elegant creature.I like how you have included both close-ups and full figure images and also the different stages in their life cycle.
Well done.
Regards, David

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-07 14:19]
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Hello Hilary, nice collage. There are some good shots there although some look out of focus - did you shrpen them after resizing? I'd love to see the top left shot on its own. Well done and a Happy Hew Year.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-08 13:26]

Belle scène de famille !
Bonne journée.

A wonderful presentation, love the detail and exposure in all the shots and the montage is very well crafted.


Hi Hilary,
It's a beautiful collage compound from amazing shots. Every shot is good and globally is that a astonishing presentation with these exquisite birds.
Beautiful work, nicely done.


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