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Apr 26, 2010 10:22 |  #1

This is our pond swan, been here all my life and don't think that he will be gone soon, hope you like the pics :).

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Apr 26, 2010 13:00 |  #2

Very nice shots. I hear swans are very long lived birds. Is he there year round?


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Apr 26, 2010 17:30 |  #3

canonloader wrote in post #10068614 (external link)
Very nice shots. I hear swans are very long lived birds. Is he there year round?

Don't know for sure, but I guess that this one is around the age of 25, atleast that's how long the pond is there.


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Apr 26, 2010 18:00 |  #4

Mitch, our mute swans don't migrate. Not that I know of anyway. Our Amsterdam residents are here the year round and I expect the same is true for this fellow.
Nice shots btw, a pity though that some of the whites are blown. Next time underexpose by one or two stops.


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Apr 27, 2010 05:24 |  #5

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #10070385 (external link)
Mitch, our mute swans don't migrate. Not that I know of anyway. Our Amsterdam residents are here the year round and I expect the same is true for this fellow.

Jup, a few of its feathers are cut off so it can not fly away so it stays here during the winter.

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Nice shots btw, a pity though that some of the whites are blown. Next time underexpose by one or two stops.

Made also some under exposed shots, but liked the dreamy way of these pictures but if I wanted detail you are right :).


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Apr 27, 2010 05:34 |  #6

I don't know what your winters are like, but ours are way too cold to support swans in the wild, although they can take the cold temps, the water freezes over solid and they can't find food. During the warmer winters, some will stay and hang out around open areas in the ice though, accompanied by the Canada Geese and some mallards.


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Apr 27, 2010 06:49 |  #7

canonloader wrote in post #10074023 (external link)
I don't know what your winters are like, but ours are way too cold to support swans in the wild, although they can take the cold temps, the water freezes over solid and they can't find food. During the warmer winters, some will stay and hang out around open areas in the ice though, accompanied by the Canada Geese and some mallards.

Minimum temperature will be -8 degrees centigrade the past 3 years and the municipality always make sure that there is a hole in the ice for the birds that stay here during the winter.


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