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Black Swan Cygnet

Black Swan Cygnet
Photo Information
Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-300XR, Hoya UV 62mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of New Zealand, Baby Animals 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 3:40
Viewed: 7986
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This wee soul is a Black Swan Cygnet. Photographed at Western Springs Park

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is an Australian native that has been introduced to other places, including New Zealand (where it is now considered a pest) and Sweden. The adult female is called a pen, the adult male is called a cob, and the baby is called a cygnet. Black swans are very territorial. They make honking and hissing noises. Black swans fly in a V-shaped formation and can fly at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph). The black swan is the emblem of the State of Western Australia.

Anatomy: Black swans are long-necked black birds with a red beak tipped in white. The neck is longer than the body. Black swans have a wingspan of up to 6 feet (1.8 m) and are up to 4 feet (1.2 m) long. They weigh up to 13 pounds (6 kg). Males and females are similar in size.

Diet: The black swan eats mostly water plants and some grain. It reaches under the water with its long neck to get these plants, and it even eats the roots. Cygnets eat a lot of bugs and other small invertebrates, since they feed mostly from the water's surface.

Eggs and Nests: These graceful waterfowl mate for life. Black Swans build large nests located near the water; they are lined with swan down (delicate feathers). Females lay 4-8 pale green eggs in each clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time). Both parents care for the eggs and hatchlings.

Information taken from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Blackswanprintout.shtml

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 2:41 p.m.
Date: 4th January 2005
Weather conditions: Overcast
Lens: Tamron 28 - 300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/8
Flash: No
Tripod: No
Focal Length: 92mm
ISO: 400

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Super!!! I love this babe :-) It's so delightful, charming and sweet :-)))))

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-11 4:32]

Cute! Great pose and face of this baby swan. Good composition with blue water, great details. Good job Pam.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Very cute, he looks great.
Well done.

Very nice Pam.
High cute-factor.
Very good pose, composition and colours.
Very well done.

Pam, this rocks! Tack sharp details the little one is jumping out of the screen. Exposure handled very well. Great post, love this. I might have placed the little one more top left than bottom right, but it's a small nit and subjective.

Pam, Very nice details & pose. The overall effect is great! TFS

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 23:46]

Black swan - He doesnt seem black to me - I will have my screen checked out.

The sharpness and composition here is very good. Excellent work and thanks for posting

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-12 5:16]

"What, me a swan? Go on!"
He's a little sweetie Pam. Good details and composition. Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-12 15:19]

SWEET, sweet, and mega cute, Pam.
ANd sorry I have not time to browse all the pics, your gannets look great too.
This is a lovely baby, well done.
If you have CS, you can run him thru; selective colour, and boost the neutrals ans blacks, it will make him just a bit darker, with more impact. It is already bed time, and I must still write a couple, otherwise I would have made you a WS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-04-22 5:34]

I like this young swan a lot. You can already see the elegancy of a grown up swan.

You captured such a cute lovely baby swan! I especially like your compo and exposure which was manged to perfection.


Shelly :)

Nice ripply water, cute duckling!

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