Close Up of a Black Swan

The following image is of a Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) a water bird which is native to Australia. I took this photograph on a recent visit to Jawbone Reserve. This particular Swan was used to human contact as it had no qualms about coming very close. In fact it came so close I had to step back to get the shot in focus.

Black Swan

Black Swan

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Black Swans

The following images of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) were taken on the waterfront at Williamstown (Hobsons Bay). These birds are very used to human interaction and so it is easy to get close to them.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swans are vegetarians with their diet consisting of algae and weeds. They live in most parts of Australia but are more common in the south and south-east. On land they are very clumsy walkers.

They pair for life and both adults raise one brood in a season. Sometimes the pairing is homosexual, mostly male, and they steal nests driving away the female after she has laid the eggs. Usually the nest is placed on a small island, and sometimes it is floated. A nest will be reused every year after repairing or rebuilding if necessary.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) #2

Adult Black Swans frequent large waterways, needing at least a clear forty metres, or more, for taking off. Black Swan chicks are covered in a grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves once hatched.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) #3

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The WOW Factor!

With over five decades of photography experience, which was self-taught, I have read in many books and magazines on the subject, about the wow factor.

The photograph that you look at and go “Wow! I like that!”

The master landscape photographer Ansel Adams said if you got 10 to 12 of these shots in a year you were doing well. In the days I used film, shooting 36 exposure rolls of Kodacolor film or Kodachrome slides, I was happy to get just one in a roll. Sometimes it was only one in four or five rolls. I was also told by other photographers I was lucky to get those results. So to take an image that says “Wow!” was a very elusive task.

The following image taken yesterday at the Colac Bird Reservation has that Wow factor! What do you think?

Black Swan

Black Swan

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Tip: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given: Only ever show your best work.

 

Black Swan

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a very large bird (110 to 142 centimetres) with a long slender neck. It has white tipped wings which span 160 – 200 centimetres approximately and weighs about 3.7 to 9 kilograms. The Black Swan has black legs and feet.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Jawbone Reserve in Victoria, Australia

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Jawbone Reserve in Victoria, Australia

They are monogamous breeders that share incubation duties and cygnet rearing between the sexes. A pair will remain mated for life.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

The Black Swan is mainly herbivorous, with the diet being mainly dominated by marshland and aquatic plants.

A mated pair - Black Swans remain together for life.

A mated pair – Black Swans remain together for life.

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