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A group of Cygnets being guarded by parent Mute Swans, with Moorhen chicks nearby. Burradon Pond, near Killingworth Waggonway, North Tyneside. England.

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 centimetres (49 to 67 in) in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the bill.

Moorhens, sometimes called marsh hens, are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family Rallidae. They constitute the genus Gallinula. They are close relatives of coots, and because of their apparently nervous behavior (frequently twitching tail, neck and grinding their backs) are sometimes called "skitty coots". Often, they are referred to as (black) gallinules.

Taken on the morning of June 10th, 2009.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 109.4 - 468.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jun 2009 - 10:00 AM
Focal Length:114mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
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Username:budapestbill budapestbill
Uploaded:14 Sep 2011 - 12:14 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 1:23 AM

A delightful scene and well done image!

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2011 - 11:06 PM

Nicely composed -- and your picture tells the story.
I like all the detailed information supplied with the picture as well.

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