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3 Muskateers

3 Muskateers
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52 mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 14:38
Viewed: 3352
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mute Swan Cygnets
The male and the female birds, the cob and pen, usually attempt to mate for life, although it is not true to say that if one of the birds were to die the other would necessarily pine away. It is possible for an adult bird to find an alternative mate.

The nest is a huge mound of material, normally dried grasses and assorted vegetation, sticks and rushes, constructed at the water's edge. The nest is built by the female, while the male supplies the materials.

The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May. Both sexes incubate the eggs, which hatch after 35-41 days. The young birds, or cygnets, sometimes ride on their parents' backs and remain with the adult birds for four or five months. Cygnets are generally dingy brown above and whitish below. Occasionally' cygnets may be all white and are known as 'Polish swans'.

The young of some pairs are driven off the breeding territory as soon as their plumage is predominantly white (during late autumn or winter). Other broods often accompany their parents to the wintering area, and usually join a large flock in which they remain when the parents return to their breeding territory. Young birds will not generally breed for the first two years of adult life.

The oldest ringed wild mute swan was 15 years old

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-20 14:42]

Hi Debz. well done have not got any this year yet. they look great. good detail and colour.very good timing to get all three lined up. nice POV.well done TFs.

Nice POV to get them lined up like that. Colour is good, exposure is on the bright side of OK, well worth a big smile.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-20 15:39]

Hi Deborah

Great composition with excellent colours and light.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-20 15:41]

selam Deborah; what a cute and lovely swans .nice colours and POV.especially good eye contact well captured with good sharpness.
TFS well done

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-20 15:43]

great focus nice poses good colors very cute little birds.

HI Deborah
C'est une très belle prise que tu as réussi avec ces trois bébés cygnes très collé pour se réchauffer..
La présentation est belle avec de jolis détails et de belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Deborah,
This is a beautiful POV with excellent composition of your lovely models. Details and exposure are very nice. Well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-20 23:02]

Hello Deborah

A very cute image of these three mute swan cygnets.The composition is well done.Very nice catch light in all three eyes.The reflections are lovely.Lighting is well handled,the light seems bright but you have it under control.TFS


Hi Deborah,
Its a beauty. I was thinking 'ready, steady, go'.
Try setting your camera to under expose next time you are taking birds with white on in sunlight. You have to experiment I'm afraid but over bright whites tend to knock the edge off photo's.
Still a good one to look at. An 'Ooh Ah' picture as they say.
Best wishes,

Hi Deborah.
Beautifull shot. greta atmosphere. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-21 10:55]

Hi Debz,

Now how adorable is this trio? Amazing you caught them so each little head showed! Colors and details are wonderful. Precious expressions on their faces and beautiful water.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-21 12:50]

Hello Deborah,
Very nice little trio you've captured here. They look very happy and secure in the calm water. Good details and nice colours in this fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Deborah , very good capture , sharp , good comp. and very lovely photo , TFS and good luck...

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-21 15:42]

Hi Debz

How lovely! Nice of them to line up for you like that! I have been aware for a few weeks so I have missed the emergance of the cygnets. I will have to go down to my local lake at the weekend to see if we have any

Lovely image



Hi Debz,
Lovely picture of the Mute Swan Cygnets. I wish I see them once. They are so cute! Picture is good with interesting framing and POV. Beautiful reflections.
TFS. Regards, Mario

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  • Seiei Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 30] (127)
  • [2007-05-23 8:29]

Hello Deborah

Really sweet picture, they are really cute ^^
Nice catch !


Well caught, they definitely win on the cute factor! ;)


Hello Debz sorry not been around here much been really busy still got a busy two weeks ahead. Anyway it's a fine sharp shot with lovely clarity good low angle and nice side profile tfs rgds Necip

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-24 15:12]
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Things that I think make this an excellent photo:
1. The smooth blue water which gives a sense of peacefulness.
2. The outstanding exposure which allows for reproduction of nice natural colors.
3. The razor sharp focus which produced nice details.
4. Your outstanding low POV.
5. The light in all three visible eyes.
I do think cropping is a bit tight on the right.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-24 21:58]

Hello Deborah,
Cuteness overload as these three fluff balls wing to wing, good exposure and nive sharp focus, thanks Deborah.

It's the time when these wonders start to know the planet. I like the feeling that transmit the image: the cygnets together very close trying to find protection against this new luminous world and, especially, the shy touching of the surface of the last one.

Now this is getting right on the point of view. I sure like the compostion of the three lined up. Great colour and ripples.

bonjour deborah
ils sont mignons ces trois petits jumeaux,bonne netteté et exposition maitrisée.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-06 18:29]

Hi Debz

Great shot of these little cuties, nicely composed and I like the way they are all lined up in a row, nice detail on the fluffy downey Feathers, superb colours and the light is lovely creating a beautiful metalic effect on the water.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-07 11:48]

Hello Deborah,
This is such a cute shot you have cpature with the 3 of them, Great timing,lighting,positioning of the subjects. I really like the Pov you have used.
A ver beautiful composition.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Deborah,
Nice use of the principle of three... or should I say two plus one!
Beautiful composition, and all together a lovely scenery!
Pablo -

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