Sullen Swan

It looked like Spring today, although it felt like the middle of Winter. I went back to Edgbaston Reservoir to check on 'my' injured Heron today, and the reservoir was a buzz of activity. Yachts everywhere, ducks, every man, woman and their dog (must've been a dog club out walking)... even a couple of swans. My son was with me, and we were able to get right up close to this swan, although, I'm sure you'll agree... he looked none too happy to have me so close to him! What a gorgeous bird. He stood right up and stretched his wings out at one stage, and I thought that he was certainly about to attack me, but I was too interested in 'Getting The Shot'. And I did......


Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and fav's. Another shot from the set, can be viewed in my Random Others album, over here: http://365project.org/gailmmeek/random-stuff/2013-02-02
Well worth it! Perfect timing with the sailboat!
posted February 2nd, 2013  
You sure did! Awesome! The sailboat catching the light in the distance is great, too.
posted February 2nd, 2013  
this is so wonderful an instant fav for me
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Wow - gorgeous - fav! :)
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful feathers. Also love how light the sailboat is. Beautiful.
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic detail in that image. Love the reflection off the sail boat sails too.
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Perfect.
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous shot. Fab composition with the boat too.
posted February 2nd, 2013  
perfect capture....love it
posted February 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful capture. Perfect with the wings beginning to open and the sailboat in the background. Love it!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Stunning Gail.
posted February 3rd, 2013  
That's amazing! Way to get up so close, made for a great photo
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@squamloon @pflaume @huvesaker @danitech @danette @ch1ppy_m1nton @riverlandphotos @miley89 @demmie @bonnielark @masosy @stefanieg Thank you all so much for the comments and fav s. The risk was well worth the shot!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Outstanding swan shot, great colours and love the almost velvet like texture of the swan's neck. Beautiful!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Tim
Magnificent bird. I love the texture and detail in the feathers. Lovely shot.
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Amazing shot, almost too good to be true. Fav'ed
posted February 3rd, 2013  
what a beautiful animal.. wonderful capture!!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous!!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
A beautiful capture!! Fav!!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
A big fav from me. Absolute perfection
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@pum71 @timrox @david68 @mizhayz @paulien @carolmw @streetlyend Thank you all so much for the fav's and comments. I'm so encouraged... and it's because of YOU!!!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic shot and composition! A Fav!
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@boatpainter Thanks Janet. :)
posted February 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful pose. I like the background being blurred to keep the focus on the swan, but with just enough detail to see the broader picture.
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@hjv Yes, one of the beautiful effects of this 50mm lens! :)
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@gailmmeek Ah, you've got the 'nifty fifty'? It used to be my favorite after the 18-200VR, but now that I have got the 40mm with macro options, that has become my new nifty fifty (forty).
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@hjv Really? Hmmm.... I will have to see if I can loan/hire one and give it a try! Are you also Nikon?
posted February 3rd, 2013  
@gailmmeek Yes Nikon too. But not fanatic, just because my last film SLR was Nikon and I wanted to use the lenses on the DSLR. I also have a Canon point & shoot and find it a great value for money camera.
posted February 3rd, 2013  
beautiful
posted February 4th, 2013  
Gail, this is an amazing shot! I absolutely love the composition and love it's feathers! The lighting is beautiful. Everything about this is! A fave!
posted February 4th, 2013  
What a beauty! I love the focus.
posted February 4th, 2013  
@mjkthorpe @stevieinwonderland Thank you so much.

@emrob Thank you, Mandy- and thanks for the fav.
posted February 4th, 2013  
Wonderful shot - Congrats on PP Fav
posted February 4th, 2013  
FAV just seen this on the popular page, congrats and what a superb shot!!
posted February 4th, 2013  
@rosiekind @nicolamac Whooohoooo, thanks!!! I didn't even know!!! :D
posted February 4th, 2013  
Wonderful shot, beautiful composition and lighting. Definite fav!
posted February 4th, 2013  
Beautiful swan, just gorgeous!
posted February 4th, 2013  
Beautiful shot.
posted February 4th, 2013  
@kaiakate @tamaradawn @humphreyhippo Thank you for your comments. Really appreciated.
posted February 4th, 2013  
Awesome shot. I love it.
posted February 4th, 2013  
I had missed this one! Beautiful shot! I love the sparkling boat in the background.
posted February 5th, 2013  
Fav! .. superb swan shot, detail is amazing and I love the light
posted February 6th, 2013  
@viajero79 @cmc1200 @alisonp Thank you all so much. I can't believe how many lovely comments and fav's this one has got... such encouragement to me. Thanks.
posted February 6th, 2013  
Just magnificent.
posted February 12th, 2013  
@bongosmama Thank you. x
posted February 12th, 2013  
Awesome shot. fav and follow!
posted June 9th, 2013  
@vodena thanks so much, Amelie. I'm keenly following too.... you must be the master of flower shots - they're all quite incredible!
posted June 9th, 2013  
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