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This family of four Whooper swans are amongst the early arrivals to overwinter here at Welney. They have most likely began their Journey from the summer breeding grounds in Iceland and flew the 1200 miles across the North Atlantic non stop as there is little in the way of stopping places to refresh. I noticed that the plumage of these birds was dirty and wondered if this was because of pollution at high altitude as they crossed the ocean. On landing preening and cleaning was the order of the day. By the time Autumn is complete 10,000 of these birds will be in the region including those from Northern Europe and Siberia.

(Still practicing with this lens, the space behind the birds should be in front of the birds to give a better impression of where they are going.)

Percy Schramm, stone5455, Diane Putnam, Ronald Losure and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo

14 comments - The latest ones
Jean club
A splendid in flight capture Maurice. Sounds as if you will have plenty of swans to practise on from now on.
7 weeks ago.
Maeluk club
Nice Maurice. I have been seeing swans at my reserve lately too. So how do you like the new lens Maurice ? Is it the Panasonic lens or the Olympus ?
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
HappySnapper club
has replied to Maeluk club
It's the Panasonic Steve, Not new but bought it from Wilkinson Cameras with 12 month Warranty under the condition A+ (Meaning It is as new) and at £250 less than the current retail price. I think the Olympus has a slight edge over it but this is metal and not plastic like the Olympus. also not quiet as heavy.
7 weeks ago.
Maeluk club
has replied to HappySnapper club
HI Maurice, I was considering buying an Olympus camera and the 100-400 Olympus lens. Then I read the lens was made for Olympus by Sigma. The Olympus lens is 1100 pounds but Sigma do the same lens, 100-400 f6.3 for my Nikon for 600 pounds. I have stuck with Nikon but I bought a 500mm f5.6 PF Nikon lens instead as I like wildlife photography.
7 weeks ago.
HappySnapper club
has replied to Maeluk club
Hi Steve- I guess it comes down to suit what it is you want, the advantage with the Olympus lens on a Olympus O-MD is that you can use the 1.4 and x 2 Tele converter potentially giving you 1600 mm in 35mm equivalent. I don't think I need that sort of reach and I think the Panasonic lens has no tele converter that works with the Olympus O-MD. I really loved my old Sigma 150-600 but the weight of it was just to much where as the Panny comes in at just under a Kilo. The PIP in the above of the two cygnets was with the digital x2 teleconverter switched on and a bit of cropping gave me an effective focal length of 800mm which I am happy with. Good luck with the new lens, I trust you will enjoy it and I look forward to seeing the results.
7 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Superb pictures and information Maurice.
7 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A nicely timed shot Maurice..........with a super sense of movement and action. The birds in flight are nice and sharp. I think the composition is fine..........there are enough birds to fill the scene.

A delightful image of the cygnets in the PiP.
7 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful capture of the arrival after their amazing navigation, I like the composition with the ducks at the rear, if you don't feel happy with it try cropping a bit off the top about to the point of that inlet, I think less height would increase the sense of movement through the image
7 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo. Nicole.
7 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A couple of terrific action shots Maurice, once this storm has passed we will hopefully be able to get out to Steart.
Wish you both a lovely weekend
7 weeks ago.
TOZ club
Super catch Maurice.
Regards TOZ
7 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Lovely bird image; like your PiP too Maurice.
7 weeks ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
Fascinating shot and description, and I wonder if the dirty feathers are caused by all the wildfires. There are not only fires in N America, but also very large ones in Siberia.
7 weeks ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Really a fantastic action scene. Thank you so much for the interesting informations, Maurice !
6 weeks ago.

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