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Black Swan

Black Swan (Image ID 34850)
Photographed byCon Boekel on Mon 8th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Sun 14th Apr, 2019 .
Resolution1400x790
Viewed31
ID34850
CommentThere are around 120 images of the Black Swan in the galleries. Of these, nearly ten per cent are of birds in flight, a high proportion. In general, the larger the bird the more likely it is to be captured in flight.
So, why add yet another Black Swan flight image to the BLP galleries?
The first reason is that the bird is checking out the photographer as it flies past. The second is the softening of the mist and early morning light on the water. The third is that the early morning light has a warming impact on the dark plumage.
I had the camera settings ready for this flight shot because I had noticed that one of the resident pair was swimming quickly towards two interlopers. The territory defender had its feathers puffed up and out - a signal from the Black Swan of aggression. It looked as if a fight or flight situation was developing. It turned out that flight was the preferred option.
The other main message from this image is that it pays to get up early and to be in position at dawn.
EquipmentCanon 5D Mk IV
Canon EF 500mm 1:4 L IS 11 USM
Handheld
f/6.3
1/2000 sec
ISO-2000
0 step
500 mm
Processed using first DPP 4, PSE 13 and Neat Image.
LocationMolongolo Reach (Australian Capital Territory)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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