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Young swan in one of the dunes canals at the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes

Cropped version of:

This image made me think of the fairytale “The ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen ( Wikipedia) – As a child, we had a tape with that story, and I so loved it that I listened at it hundreds of times, till I knew the whole story, including the intonation, by heart. The last line, as I remember it now was: “…en het lelijke jonge eendje werd een – mooie – trotse – zwaan” (“…and the ugly duckling became a beautiful proud swan”) – Hence the slightly adapted title ;) :giggle:

Please help ID
I think it’s a Mute Swan, although the shape and colour of the beak makes me doubt – Please let me know if you can determine (confirm or correct) the species

Quote :
The Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen (the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes) have supplied drinking water to the capital since 1853. Before that the people of Amsterdam used to get their water from the canals. The same canals into which they threw their rubbish. Only the rich could afford clean drinking water. It was brought from the de Vecht river and sold in the city by the bucket. With their rich flora and fauna the water supply dunes have now become much more than just a supplier of drinking water.

Water galore in Amsterdam
A large proportion of Amsterdams tap water comes from the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes between Zandvoort and the Langevelderslag beach. Large amounts of pre-cleaned rainwater and water from the Rhine are infiltrated into the dunes. Further purification takes place there using biological processes. There is sufficient water in this area for the people in Amsterdam and the surrounding area to shower and drink for two months without any problem.

New opportunities for nature
Nature conservation has become an increasingly important responsibility for the water company. Much is being done to give the original environment new opportunities. The landscape around the water collection system is particularly varied: high dune tips, moist dune valleys and old deciduous forests. The area has rich flora and fauna. More than 100 types of summer birds have been observed, among them the hen harrier and the bittern

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/750 sec, f. 4,5 mm
focal length 180 mm , ISO 100
Cropped for closer view
Date: March 3, 2013

_TAGS: nature, animals, birds, swans, mute swan, close-up, portrait, wild, in the wild, water, canal, reserves, conservation, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes, Zandvoort, the Netherlands, _

Features and Top10 placements

Featured in:
100% (April 12, 2013)
International showcase (April 15, 2013)
The birds (April 15, 2013)

Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

See more of my : birds / Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes – collection / Animals in the wild – collection

You can now also search my portfolio using your own Tag words and/or tags listed in :
Steppeland Thematic Catalogue

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 1 year ago


  • Johanna26
    Johanna26over 1 year ago

    An absolutely awesome capture …

  • Thank you for the kind comment !

    – steppeland

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – steppeland

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 11, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Great! Thank you so much for the feature, Teresa!

    – steppeland

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

  • Thank you, Steve!

    – steppeland

  • ienemien
    ienemienover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Featured April 14, 2013

    Congratulations with your feature, you can also find it every Sunday in
    ****INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE**** Group Messages

    Your art and photo quality is wonderful and deserves it to be featured!
    Warm Greetings from Ien … Bye

  • Fantastisch! Heel veel dank voor de feature, Ien!

    – steppeland

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 1 year ago

    Hi Steppe,

    With the FEATURE in International Showcase!
    Excellent Work, very well done!
    Take care, Jo ;)

  • Dank je wel, Joke! Heel blij met de feature! :)

    – steppeland

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiover 1 year ago

    Nice to see your work here in__


  • Thank you so much! This feature is much appreciated! :)

    – steppeland

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous creature and amazing capture!! Congrats on your well deserved features!!!! : )))
    Hugs, shar xoxoxoxxoxo

  • Aww, thanks so much, Shar, for your kind compliment, and for the fav!

    – steppeland

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