Mute Swans Taking Flight

One of my favorite birds to photograph are Mute Swans taking off. Between the flapping, splashing and the noise of flapping wings against the water and sound of their wings as they go by. Also it takes quite a bit of space for them to actually get airborne, so lots of photo opportunities if you are in the right spot.

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Mute Swan Take-Off

Mute Swans are a large heavy bird, so it takes a while for them to take-off. I was going through files from the archives and thought this was interesting. I usually see them from a side view taking off. So when this one took off heading towards me, it was a great different view. The splashing, feet flapping and the distance it took to get into the air was amazing. Then it made a pass in front of me with the wings making that cool whooshing sound. I liked the early morning light backlighting the wings!

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