A large big Black Swan stretches it’s neck around gracefully to preen itself. They can be very territorial and if you start to get too close they spread their wings and start to flap them, hoping that will scare off anything that approaches. I’ve never taken a photo of that behavior but I’ll have to remember to get a few shots next time I go there – it could make a dramatic shot.
I hadn’t gone back there to take photo’s for over two years – it’s got nice subject matter, but it’s surrounded by trees and tree-lined hills so the lighting changes every few seconds and you’ll lose a lot of shots.
I took this Untouched, As Is shot at Blackbutt Reserve in Newcastle, Australia with a Canon 450D:
Exposure time: 1/100 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 250 mm (55-250 mm lens)