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Black Swan

Black Swan
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-08 21:09
Viewed: 2871
Points: 18
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Black Swan
Cygnus atratus

The Black swan is distributed in Australia (especially its eastern part and western shore) and Tasmania. In 1864 it was also successfully introduced to New Zealand, where it lives even these days. It inhabits freshwater lakes, ponds, slow flowing rivers and even sea shore lagoons.

The black swans are very adaptable birds. They are able to fly all over Australia with only a few stops by the water resources. Their diet mainly consists of water plants. The hatching time generally begins with the raining season. In the north-eastern part of Australia it is around February whereas in the western part it can be in August. The swans are exually mature at the age of 18 months, however they start hatching usually at the age of 3-4 years. They are strictly monogamous just like other swans. The nest is approximately 40 cm high, elliptic shaped with a diameter of 2 meters. It is made of twigs, sticks, grass fixed with mud. The hen has usually from 5 to 12 light greenish eggs, 110x70 mm. Both parents take care of eggs for 40 days. After three months the young are able to fly. Life expectancy is about 10 years.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-08 22:32]

Hello Manyee,
This is an excellent close capture of this Australian beauty! Lovely sharp details and colours and I like the low POV. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-08 22:42]

Hello ManYee,
We are neighbors today!
A fine capture of a Black Swan, a popular park species all over the world that has become feral in some places including parts of Europe.
The lighting, POV, colors and sharpness are superb.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hallo Manyee
A beautiful water bird with strong colours and prominent features. Lovely shape of beak which shows well on your image. Great composition and beautiful pose captured. Love the glint in the eye and the shine on the feathers caused by the sunlight. The back feathers reminds me of a lady who has just taken out her curlers from her hair. It is very striking! Best regards.

Hello Manyeee! Amazing black swan, amazing scene, good POV and capture. Very good sharpness. Interesting note. Well done!

Hi Manyee,
ooohhh, that's a noble one.
I like the glittering feathers and his red eye. Beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Manyee,

My Friens, you use the same Canon that I use, and you take much better pictures! ... is a pleasure to look up where you can extend the qualities of the SX110IS, very good work, full of lights in perfect balance, good detail and masterful approach. The result allow to see very well this beautiful bird.

Please send me the EXIF data of this photo. For me, its' useful to learn about the operation of the SX110IS.

Greetings, my respect and congratulations!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-09 8:13]

Hi ManYee

What curious and lovely bird. It is giving you the look over.

Isn't it just amazing what designs nature can come up with? No problem mixing black, red, pink & white, but it is how it is done. Completely black body (plumage & legs with some white feathers hidden under the wings – not seen here) then suddenly at the head the eyes turns red, so does the bill and then it terminates with a pinkish nail and finally the white beauty spot near the tip of the bill. Nothing really flashy sure, but just very interesting. I've seen many images of the Black Swan, but for a moment there the colours suddenly jumped out at me. Must be your fabulous image of the bird.

Well done my friend and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-09 8:35]

Hello Manyee,
Great photo of this Black Swan. Excellent sharp details and very beautiful clear colours. Good composition, pose, POV, DOF and eye contact.

Hello Manyee,
Superb blak swan. The composition is excellent and also the colours.

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