Stills V3

March 4, 2012

Swan Feeding

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 17:01

The swans bit the child.

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7 Comments »

  1. It was an interesting choice to go for wide angle here, when there might have been a temptation to concentrate on the feeding area. But it was a good choice as one gets plenty from the feeding area plus a lot of context and landscape: the water extending back into the estuary gives useful depth following the slant of the wall back. The interaction between the family and the birds comes across very well with the feeling that the people on the far left have initiated all that activity extending across the picture.

    It seems strange that the swans bit the child – maybe dad didn’t bring along enough food!

    Comment by zavaell — March 5, 2012 @ 07:37

  2. Agreed with John, going wide works well here. We see the mobilization of the birds; the swans taking the lion’s share and the seagulls waiting for some opportunities for leftovers. Exposure and and tonality are nicely controlled. The downside of the wide angle lens is that the buildings look as if they are leaning as you have pointed your lens down towards the feeding area. But this is not a big issue in this picture imo.

    Swans and geese can become aggressive when they are protecting their nesting or feeding grounds. A small child like this can be seen as an intruder which must be dealt with. Feeding is serious business after all. So I am not surprised that they bit the child.

    Comment by Cem — March 8, 2012 @ 20:58

  3. Cem is right, of course, about the possibility of swans being aggressive. Here it surprises me a bit and I thought that maybe, apart from dad not having enough food, the child appears slightly threatening to the swans: he is on a strange-shaped ( to them) tricycle and has a helmet on that might seem like a large bird invader.

    Comment by zavaell — March 9, 2012 @ 07:38

  4. I will echo the support for the choice of a wide field of view. I enjoy contxt in pictures and this is good. The birds arriving on the wong add motion an dlife to the image and the relatihsip between the Dad and child is well presented. Pity he got bitten – perhaps Dad gave him too much attention when he should have been feeding the birds!

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 10, 2012 @ 23:00

  5. Aggressive swans:

    My guess is that the little lad didn’t part with the bread he was probably holding as quick as the swan thought he should. I was bitten by a swan once when I was trying to eat a sandwich in a spot where swans were obviously accustomed to be being fed and I refused to take the hint that “he” would much rather have it. I’ve also witnessed several similar things since.

    My question is about the apparent flooding. Is the spot tidal or was it caused by bad weather, or there again a combination of both factors?

    Comment by cgcooke — March 10, 2012 @ 23:21

  6. Wide works as do the swans around the feeders. However, those pesky gulls are spoiling my enjoyment somewhat. There seems to be a great expression going on the child’s face but given the choice of lens I’m unable to really get close in to that.

    Comment by akikana — March 12, 2012 @ 04:31

  7. I certainly wouldn’t get this close to swans, given the aggressive nature they often show.

    I like the way the feeding point acts as an anchor for the sweep in from the sea, with the birds following in along that line. A nice dynamic created as a result.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 11:53


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