Cygnet Feeding In The Shallows

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Debra Plett

Very beautiful image Heather. The pose and composition give me the feeling of gentleness and kindness. Great colour and reflection as well.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Debra. I agree and have often seen how smaller birds gravitate toward them. They wouldn't do that if they didn't feel safe and maybe protected in their presence too. Up close they come across as being very nice natured. And like most birds they are very gentle and considerate towards their young.

Yves Langlois

Good framing to appreciate the surrounding round waves and the nice reflection. Surprising how tiny the wings are (not fully grouwn). Great detail of the head and as usual, you caught a special expression on his face. Like he is giving you a friendly side looking. Beautyful shot.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Yves. They have a little more growing to do and in almost two months time they will need to be ready for the fall migration. I love that expression, they really are friendly looking and didn't seem to mind having an audience either.

Clifford Dupuis

This is a great shot, very sharp and with lots of detail. I like it showing off its environment as well. They definitely are awesome birds

Heather Mellon

Thank you Clifford. Seems like yesterday they were little fluff balls and now they're almost full grown. It was exciting to observe them so close-up. They're big eaters and they move through the plant life at a good pace.

I wasn't expecting to see the Trumpeter Swans on Crystal Lake yesterday but as I approached the dock I saw five cygnets feeding in the shallows nearby. It was a real treat for those of us who were fortunate enough to have come at just the right time. Due to their size I wasn't able to get a group close-up with the zoom lens but was happy to settle for some individual shots and a longer distance group shot or so too. They are so beautiful.
Taken By
Heather Mellon
Taken On
September 2, 2022
trumpeter swan cygnet on crystal lake waterfowl bird animal anseriformes
  • Focal: 250
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 5.6

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