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Mute Swan

Mute Swan
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC LZ1
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-07 14:31
Viewed: 3512
Points: 16
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Some Trivia about Swans

The Mute Swan is the national bird of the Kingdom of Denmark.

All Mute Swans in the UK (with the possible exception of those in Orkney and Shetland) are considered the property of the British monarch, except for flocks owned by the Vintners' and Dyers' Companies.

The Mute Swans in the moat at The Bishops Palace at Wells Cathedral in Wells, England have for centuries been trained to ring bells via strings attached to them to beg for food. Two Swans are still able to ring for lunch. Bell Ringing Swans Of Wells

There is rich iconographic and literary evidence for Celtic bird-goddesses who took the form of swans. Similarly, swans are highly revered in Hinduism (see the trivia section of swan). The Roman Julius Caesar noted that the British tribes thought wild geese and swans "unlawful" to eat or kill. By medieval times, though, swans were considered an edible form of poultry. Nowadays they are a protected species in many countries.

Both the Ancient Britons and the Anglo-Saxons believed that a swan's wings throbbed and sang with a human voice when they flew.

A Mute Swan was believed to have been the first species of bird to have died from the H5N1 'Avian Flu' virus in the UK, when a swan carcass was found in Cellardyke, Fife in Scotland in March 2006. However it has turned out to have been a Whooper Swan.

Notes from Wilkipedia .com

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-07 15:10]
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Hi Hilary,
The composition is very good but the sharpness could be better.
The movement of the neck is beautiful.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-09-07 15:12]
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Hi Hill!

An other nice swanpicture.
Good composition and I like the green water as background.
Somehow you missed a bit sharpness. Can't you improve it with PS?


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-07 16:07]
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Hi Hilary, your swan is close, but maybe too close as you have lost all his feather details, and he is not sharp enough. You should go back to the original photo and work on it again. The composition is good,

Hi Hiliary
Really beautiful and graceful lines in this photo.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-08 6:04]

Hi Hilary.
You by your remarkable pictures of swans will force me to find them in our vicinities and to try to take the same photos. Swans often hibernate in area of water of our seaports. It is necessary to wait not for long.

This picture allows to see all grace and wisdom of this fine bird. Framing and quality of your shot are excellent. My compliments.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-09-08 6:49]

Hi Hilary,
pleasant portrait, good composition and colours. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-08 13:26]

Hello Hilary,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,framing and composition a lot.

Bonjour Hilary
C'est une excellent Prise de vue de ce beau cygne blanc! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, ainsi que les détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et Bravo et bon week end....JP
Les p+ demain

beautiful photo, you've capture this bird and a great moment. I have swans in front of my house alot but they are way out on the lake and can't get close enough for a shot like this. I guess I need a long lens ....and a better camera! TFS
Donna :o)

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