Mute Swan
Mute Swan, back-lit and keeping a wary eye on me, at Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake; 6 Apr 2015.

The common, resident swan of the British Isles, often tame – and especially so where regularly fed bread and other morsels by indulgent humans!

This is probably an adult male.  Adult on the basis of its white plumage, although its head and neck were stained dirty brown where it had been upending and reaching down into the muddy water to feed on aquatic vegetation.  And a Cob, a male, on the basis of its deep orange bill, and the large black knob on its forehead.

A formidable creature, and certainly not one to annoy.  He was keeping an eye on me, but I was keeping an eye on him too.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Key 2 preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

18 Responses to BIRDS 70 – MUTE SWAN (MONO)

  1. Kay Strickland says:



  2. Sallyann says:

    Watching the watcher being watched. 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    One of the better swan pics and that is saying something as their are LOTS of swan photos swirling around..this one stands head and shoulders above most. Good processing too.


  4. Insanely beautiful. ❤


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