Flight Cygnus 135 Heavy rolling down runway for take-off!

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Comments (17)

not1word on April 27, 2009

It's funny how they 'run' across the water as they take off.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 28, 2009

Thanks n1w - it is ! So I guess that makes the water a runway!

© Sonny☼Funny on April 28, 2009

Cool! Ist für die riesen Vögel eine ziemliche Anstrengung!

Bits-n-Pieces on April 28, 2009

Vielen Dank Sonny :D

He had a choice, LOL! He didn't have to chase all the geese that came into his little pond away. Its so funny, because they weren't anywhere near his mate on the nest. But this is how he keeps in shape for his lady!

Cal Kimola Brown on April 28, 2009

Very excellent series BnP. The swans have left Kamloops.

diannemcd on April 28, 2009

Just brilliant B-n-P, and love your titles, they are a great group of photos, you must be quick with that finger and have a very fast camera. Well done. Dianne

Bits-n-Pieces on April 29, 2009

Thanks Cal and Dianne ! It was such fun to watch. Dianne - the camera's pretty fast, but I wish I'd thought to set the continuous button. But the swans are chasing the geese all over the place, so if I'm lucky I'll get s few more chances.

Cal - are they Trumpeter swans or Tundra swans that pass through your area? I guess I thought they were trumpeters there, but I just read that it's the Tundras that are really common.

Jean Gregory Evans on May 17, 2009

It is so much fun to look at this and I turned on the big picture for this. Really great capture, you must have been thrilled, I know I would have!


Nottincommand1 on May 27, 2009

An excellent shot of a (male?) Mute swan.

As for Tundra swans swans, they are also known as Bewick or Whistling swans. Then, there is the Whooper, and finally, the Black swan of Australia.

Bits-n-Pieces on May 27, 2009

Thanks geomanncer ! Yes - this is a male mute swan, keeping his mate and hatching cygnets safe from marauding Canada Geese, lol. Thanks for the links! Cheers to you.

And Thanks again Jean - well, I did think this was a pretty cool shot, til I got the reflection of another goose-chasing male in the next pond over the next week-end, lol.

Dale_stephens on June 3, 2009

great series of Swan photos. excellent!!

someGuyinmasset on November 25, 2009

Blame it on us Canadians eh? Well just for that I'm gonna tell you I think your title is spelled wrong.

Bits-n-Pieces on November 25, 2009

Spelled Wrong? Nothing wrong with the spelling of anything in the title. I don't know what you mean!

And I clearly referred to Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese! We don't have any problem here with Canadian Geese. The Wash. Biol. Surv. takes care of them ;)

diannemcd on November 26, 2009

Come on guys......I want to know who is right now.

someGuyinmasset on November 26, 2009

Well Dianne, somebody, (no names mentioned here) hoodwinked me and changed the spelling after my comment was made.

And I suppose they were American Canada Geese, much meaner than our polite Canada Geese.

tmoj on December 28, 2011

Hi Kamalyn,

great series. Once more thanks for the link. I've seen swan take off, but never had my camera with tele lens ready with me.

Swans really are the heavily loaded Jumbo jets or A380s among birds and need proper runway. This also shows how hard water is.

Best wishes, Timo

motorhand on March 13, 2012

Very good !

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  • Uploaded on April 27, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/04/26 14:23:36
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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