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    Posted: 22 December 2019 at 21:14
All with A77ii and Minolta 600 f4

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Edited by Basil - 23 December 2019 at 16:22
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 December 2019 at 22:59
Wow, it seems that these swans are well trained to pose for photographers - looking at #4! Admirable shot!

The other omages in the set are great as well!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 05:50
Great shapness, for me the exposure of the water is a bit dark )of course i realise it was like that when you took the shot). In the last shot you nailed that too. Great pose too. TFS Basil .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brian33 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 08:27
Different strokes, Michel: one of my favorite aspects of these shots is the darkness of the water behind the birds, I feel it fits with their black beaks. A very nice set!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 11:06
As someone who is more familiar with swans in Europe and their orange or yellow beaks those black beaks look weird... ;-)

More seriously, decent photos, although perhaps a lower shooting angle would have been preferable. And in the last one I guess it would been nice if whole wings would been in the frame, but I know these situations come quite fast.
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These are taken from a viewing platform that overlooks the Mississippi River. It is a spot that remains open year round. As the river freezes, it is a gathering spot for thousands of birds: swans, geese and several varieties of ducks. The day I was there, a couple hundred ducks and about 100 or so swans were gathered. It was challenging being confined to one spot with a long lens.   

The gentleman who lives next to the overlook puts out corn for the birds. He has been doing it for years. His wife (now deceased) started doing it many years ago. He carries it on in her memory. The city embraces the feeding and in fact, built the adjacent park and viewing platform. It is one of the main winter attractions in the town. Feeding time is fun to watch and noisy to hear! Here is a picture from a previous year's trip showing just a small fraction of the birds gathered:




Edited by Basil - 23 December 2019 at 16:59
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