Mute Swan (Cygnus olor )
The Mute Swan is a very large waterbird belonging to the Anatidae family of birds. It is a common swan and can be found in many locations were there is a shallow lake or slow moving water. Unlike many other breeds of swan they do not migrate during winter from the U.K. They have gained their name by being considered to be much less vocal than other breeds such as the Whooper Swan. The Mute Swans diet is quite varied including plants insects and snails which maybe the reason that they are so wide spread.
The number of Mute Swans has been increasing in resent years probably due to better protection of them and their nests as well as a ban on lead fishing weights which have been known to poison waterfowl.
However, like many animals in Britain and across the world they are still at risk from lost of habitat. This swan was photographed at Llanishen Reservoir before it was drained by Western Power Distribution in 2010.
The picture was taken with a Canon 50d and a Canon EFS 18-200. the focal length was at 90mm this was to allow a blurred background while using a quite closed down aperture of f 9 because of the large amount of light bouncing up from the snow and additionally off the pale feathers of the swan itself.
The image is a very different to other pictures I take of wildlife being more of a portrait in its style but I think it is quite engaging and shows lots of detail of the swans head and neck. It also has three swans on the water behind it which shows the swans in a different way to the focal point of the image.