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And What's Wrong With My Attitude!

And What's Wrong With My Attitude!
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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: 2005-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-21 4:05
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Mute Swan

This big bird (weighing up to 12 kg) is white with a black knob, lower bill and legs. Upper bill is orange. Black basal knob on the upper bill stretching to its forehead is the best distinctive feature of the Mute Swan. The Mute Swan holds its neck curved while swimming, bill bending downwards. It can be often seen to hold its wings up above the back like a shield. The Mute Swan is a very silent bird but it will hiss or snort when annoyed.

The Mute Swan breeds in the coastal regions of the North, Baltic, Caspian and Black Sea. The distribution has considerably widened during the past twenty years. It is partly due to people who have semi-domesticated the Mute Swan keeping it for decorative reasons in town parks. Such a living place has often become a breeding place. As regards Estonia the Mute Swan is widespread in the Western Archipelago and the western coastal regions of Estonia.

The first swans appear when there are the first patches of open water and the last ones leave when the bodies of water have completely frozen. The Estonian proverb "When swans leave, it will snow" holds the truth. Relatively large number of swans winter in Estonia if there are favourable weather conditions (feeding problems due to freezing water and other factors).

The Mute Swan prefers coastal bays and lakes with rich vegetation to bare islets in the sea. It begins to breed at the end of April and at the beginning of May. There are usually 4 - 8 big greenish-grey eggs in the clutch. The newly hatched young do not resemble the beautiful decorative adults at all. The young are able to fly at the beginning of September.

Adult swans do not have any enemies in nature. The bill of the Mute Swan is a dangerous weapon that can be used for hitting deep wounds. It uses its wings as well and the hits of the edges of these are comparable with fists' blows by a man. An angry swan is dangerous even to people: if annoyed it will willingly attack.

The Mute Swan is most of all endangered by water pollution. The Mute Swan is under protection.

The above obtained from http://bio.edu.ee/animals/Linnud/liindex.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:04 a.m.
Date: 20th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/160
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-21 4:20]

Hello Pam!
Very nice capture.POV,clear details,sharpness,BG,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

technically perfect shot of a common subject (swan). The difference with other classic shots of this bird comes from the composition, which is really nice here with the water lily contrasting on the green background :p

I love this picture!!! is it enough in this critique? :) I don`t know what to write..everything is excellent here.
Thank you :)))

Hi Pam,
I love the eye-contact to this majestic swan.
It's a wonderful arrangement with the soft water-lily in the back. Excellent work, I always love your frames so much, which program do you use for it? - Don't worry, I don't want to copy, but I don't have a program to make such frames. Thank you so much for this lovely post, have some harmonic days at Christmas, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Fantastic shot of attitude if I ever saw one and I love the sharp detail in the feathers.. Great capture here.

Hi Pam,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Eyeing you for a bite?


Hello Pam,a really real amazing photo from you.Composition,details and background are perfect.TFS

Superb portrait Pam! Not only is the detail and especially look on the face of the swam perfect, the oof lilly in the background really makes the image stand out. Great composition and perfect exposure.

Hello Pam. Perfect exposure and great DOF with the OOF lily balancing the composition.
Very sharp and detailed..Very well done.
Merry Christmas!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-21 11:04]

Pam, to me, nothing wrong with its attitude.

Great capture with excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

Great contrast and bg too.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-21 11:06]

Pam, well done on this beautiful capture. Well exposed and the colors are perfect

Excellent details on the mute swan. The pink flower in the background makes this shot a bit different from the rest so it grabs attention but is also a distraction from the main subject IMO. Thanks for sharing!

Great capture pam,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-21 16:18]

The contrast between this usually so elegant bird that looks rather bedraggled and the rose-coloured flower makes this shot. Excellent, great impact!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-21 22:21]

Superbe composition,une prise originale et artistique.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-21 23:48]

Looks like he is PO'd...
Would have liked to have seen this one shot with the f stop you used and and f stop that would have also made the flower clear...
I think this one would have been a better picture with the flower clear too...;-) But, we will not know for sure since we can't see them pari passu...;-(
Still a great shot...Thanks Pam!

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