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Copyright: Babak hendizadeh (timonejoon) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 45 N: 224] (762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-07 11:44
Viewed: 3603
Points: 20
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Hi my freinds

There are a lot of pics about swans, probably many of you knows a little about these beutifull birds, so i just write a short information about it.
hope every body like it:

Swans are large, long-necked aquatic birds with short legs and webbed feet. They belong to the family Anatidae, along with the duck and goose. Swans are most closely related to geese, both groups differing from ducks anatomically and in the absence of bright or metallic colors in their plumage. The most ducklike swan, the coscoroba, Coscoroba coscoroba, of South America, is white with black wingtips. The black-necked swan, Cygnus melanocoryphus, also of South America, has a black head and neck, and a red knob at the top of its blue bill. The all-white mute swan, Cygnus olor, of Eurasia has been domesticated and introduced into North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; a familiar resident of parks and zoos, it characteristically swims with its neck in a graceful curve, unlike the more upright posture of other swans. The most common species native to North America, the whistling swan, Cygnus columbianus columbianus, has a black bill and nests north of the Arctic Circle. The other North American form, the trumpeter swan, Cygnus cygnus buccinator, formerly nested throughout the continent, but excessive hunting in the last century has limited it to scattered areas. Bewick's swan, Cygnus columbianus bewickii, is the Old World counterpart of the whistling swan, and the larger whooper swan, Cygnus cygnus cygnus, of Eurasia is the counterpart of the trumpeter.

Swans feed mainly on aquatic vegetation. Their strong bills have serrated edges and a nail at the tip, and the surface of the tongue is spinous, all of which aid in grasping and tearing plants. Horny serrations in the bill help in filtering small food items from the water surface, but swans most often feed from the bottom of ponds. Swans generally mate for life, with both sexes building the nest and caring for the young. In some species both sexes also incubate the eggs. Most swans migrate after the breeding season.

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  • Great 
  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-05-07 14:02]

Hi Babak,

you´ve perfectly catched the motion of this swan.

thank you

Great action shot Babak.
Very good colors and details in this picture.
Excellent composition, POV and BG.

Nice job capturing the moment. I like the warmth sun bathing the swan adds.

Hi Babak,
Nice action shot. You have stopped the movement well, with some great detail..
The late light gives it a different look :)
Well done and TFS!

A great moment frozen.
Nice details and backlight.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-08 17:57]

Hi Babak
Great take off shot. Good timing and POV.
Well done


Hi Babak,

Excellent take off :)
Good time, light and details.
Well done!!!

TFS :-)

Hi Babak,
Very nice shot of this swan. Good timing the splash in the water give more movement in the picture.
Thank you

  • Great 
  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-09-10 19:54]

Great shot , very nice tones lighting ..Congratulations! Best wishes, kona

amazing picture,
ideal moment to shot.
Very nice composition.

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