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Whooper swan (Sångsvan)

Whooper swan (Sångsvan)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-22 8:06
Viewed: 2765
Points: 30
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This whooper swan was taken in a small lake outside my city, Gavle.
Normally it open and free of ice, but this year in the spring 2-3 weeks late, so there are only a few small spots that are ice-free. Therefore, it is quite easy to get pictures of flying birds as they search for free water.
Got a bunch of other pictures of flying birds that might come up in TN later.
This bird was almost too close for my 300mm ojektiv, but managed to get the whole bird in the picture.
Hope you enjoy it.

About the Whooper. from wikipedia.
Whooper swans require large areas of water to live in, especially when they are still growing, because their body weight cannot be supported by their legs for extended periods of time. The whooper swan spends much of its time swimming, straining the water for food, or eating plants that grow on the bottom.[5]

Whooper swans have a deep honking call and, despite their size, are powerful fliers. Whooper swans can migrate hundreds or even thousands of miles to their wintering sites in southern Europe and eastern Asia. They breed in subarctic Eurasia, further south than Bewicks in the taiga zone. They are rare breeders in northern Scotland, particularly in Orkney, and no more than five pairs have bred there in recent years. This bird is an occasional vagrant to the Indian Subcontinent[6] and western North America. Icelandic breeders overwinter in the United Kingdom and Ireland, especially in the wildfowl nature reserves of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Whooper swans pair for life, and their cygnets stay with them all winter; they are sometimes joined by offspring from previous years. Their preferred breeding habitat is wetland, but semi-domesticated birds will build a nest anywhere close to water. Both the male and female help build the nest, and the male will stand guard over the nest while the female incubates. The female will usually lay 4-7 eggs (exceptionally 12). The cygnets hatch after about 36 days and have a grey or brown plumage. The cygnets can fly at an age of 120 to 150 days.

Source and more info in different language here

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-22 8:17]

Hello Gert,
Great to see a new posting from you.
Fantastic photo of this Wooper Swan in flight. Superb sharpness, details, timing and very beautiful natural colours with an ideal white balance. Nice contrasting background.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-22 8:33]

Hej Gert,
Great capture ..
Superb POV, good details and nice and BG.
Best wishes,

Hallo Gert
Great shot with many details to see
great sharpness and beautiful colours and super good light
i like this shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Gert,
An impressive capture with fine details and clarity,excellent in-flight catch with best exposure.
Thanks and best regards,

I haven't seen you here for a log time. Beautiful composition. Nice white balance. Interesting bird in flight.
Thanks for sharing,

amazing perfect flight capture, greetings Ori

Ciao Gert, great capture of lovely swan in fantastic fly, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-22 14:24]

Hi Gert,magnificent in-flight capture,what a timing and what a perfect camera settings to take the best details in this quick mouvement,great exposure too for the best white of plumage,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Gert

Great close-up in-flight shot of the whooper swan,
with fine POV, superb focus, sharpness, and details,
specially the details of its white plumage,
I see that you have the new Nikon D7100,
It is among my dreams in the coming 2 years to buy it,
but before that I want to invest on some lenses, TFS


Your occasional return to TN fills me with hope, Gert.
Thanks for posting a lovely image after long absence.
The Whooper in flight has been magnificently captured with razor sharp focus and tremendous details on its nether wings.
Best regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-23 0:02]

Perfect flight image of this lovely swan. tfs.


A very good image with good sharpness and excellent colours.


Bonjour Gert,
Très bonne coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier le sujet dans une superbe attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Mr.Gert,
I'm just one years old here in TN.So I didn't get chance to cherish the beauty of this nice picture.Today just saw your valuable comment and through that way visited your gallery and saw excellent work.
Needless to describe what is in the picture(which I use to do here in TN) and I don't have such knowledge to critique your picture.
Excellent picture of this flying Swan .
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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