Thursday, 9 October 2008

Black Swans with Cygnets

.....Cygnus atratus

I came across a pair of Black Swans today along with their seven cygnets. The clutch size for Black Swans is usually 4 to 6 but can range from 3 to 9 so this pair are doing fairly well with 7.


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Cygnus atratus - Black Swans



Cygnus atratus - Black Swans


9 comments:

  1. Cute as ... but one's missing. Wouldn't parent two swan into frame? ;-)

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  2. Great photos. I especially like the reflections in the second one.

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  3. Nice cygnets, Mosura.
    Well advanced, so past their greatest period of danger.
    Denis

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  4. Thanks Tony - yes the other one was a little more camera shy.

    Thanks Mick - Pitty the water wasn't just a little more still.

    Thanks Denis - Yeah I hope so. I have no idea how old they are but I'd make a guess at maybe three weeks.

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  5. Awwww! Cute factor of 10. At what age do the cygnets start to get their black feathering? By the way, do you usually hand hold your 400mm lens and is that hard? Just wondering for future possibilities. I just don't know if a 400mm lens would be too big for little me. Cheers Jen

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  6. Thanks Jenny - They will get grey/brown feather first. The moult to adult black feathers can come anywhere from 8 -26 months.

    I generally use the 400mm hand held. I have a good tripod but it's a bit restrictive when you don't know where the birds will appear. Obviously I get better results when it's sunny.

    It's too big to just have dangling around your neck. I generally have the neck strap on and the camera/lens supported under my left arm.


    I'm looking at getting a 1.4x converter for it but I reckon that will be restricted for use with the tripod.

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  7. Very beautiful birds. Nice photo. :))) Just recently reading about Tasmania and am curious to know whether you have seen Tasmanian devil in the wild. Also, saw a program on these animals and how they are suffering from some form of mouth cancer. :((( Hope the wildlife officials are able to save them.

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  8. Thanks Animtreebird - Actually I've only seen a live devil once and of all places it was in my own backyard. I was chasing my ducks.

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  9. An enjoyable sighting. Very nice photos as usual. Good to see that this couple has managed to protect seven kids up to this age.

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