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Tchaikovsky is a highly territorial and aggressive male Mute swan with a very powerful neck! I noticed that he attacked everything that came close to his patch ...
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Tchaikovsky is a highly territorial and aggressive male Mute swan with a very powerful neck! I noticed that he attacked everything that came close to his patch including a whole flock of Canada geese as well as myself, of course. I laid on my stomach for this shot, wearing protective gloves, hat and glasses. I used my camera and flash, with white diffuser, to mimic another bird. He lunged at my camera many times before I managed to get this one unique shot. No harm came to the swan or myself.
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31 Comments | Report
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 May 22, 2014
hahahha LOOOVE it :)
cpdoogan
 
cpdoogan May 25, 2014
Superb! Love shots like this.
floraehrlich
 
floraehrlich May 26, 2014
This is great!! Hope he didn't damage your lens..
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RAPJones May 27, 2014
Hey thanks! I did get a scratched skylight and a bitten flashgun :)) But after about twenty assaults I think I did alright ;)
LawrenceBurns
 
LawrenceBurns July 02, 2014
What an awesome shot! Well done!!
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin July 22, 2014
...what a shot, LOVE it...congrats on your Award :-)
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RAPJones July 23, 2014
Many thanks Trace! :)) So glad you like :) ...It's my very first award so I'm quite excited!! :0)
ElmarBayer PRO
 
ElmarBayer July 23, 2014
great pov
paultownley
 
paultownley July 23, 2014
A bit weird,but love the action capture of the swans open mouth.
TammyN
 
TammyN July 24, 2014
LOL!!! We had a vicious goose as a pet once, have seen this 'scene' many times in real life. Awesome capture, love it!
fernandoamato
 
fernandoamato July 29, 2014
Well deserved award
Congratulations
ChristinaFreak
 
ChristinaFreak July 29, 2014
Awesome capture!
senka
 
senka July 29, 2014
great capture and timing
SammyNJM
 
SammyNJM July 31, 2014
wow thats amazing!
yesyoudid
 
yesyoudid August 30, 2014
"HEY! Can't chu see I'm swimmin' heaa?" Sweet Awesomeness.
liasimcox
 
liasimcox January 23, 2015
I just absolutely love this
signathus
 
signathus February 02, 2015
Superb shot!
KeriPettitPhotography
 
KeriPettitPhotography March 05, 2015
great capture!
MelissaSword PRO
 
MelissaSword March 06, 2015
Love the perspective!
lindywalker
 
lindywalker March 07, 2015
fantastic capture!! awesome POV!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography May 12, 2015
cool!
Chris_Photoshooter PRO
 
Chris_Photoshooter July 04, 2015
one of the best shots ever seen !!!
congatulation !!
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eelcovanroden September 27, 2015
Hahaha, Far out!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 15, 2016
So funny and cool! Love it Roger xoxo
adavies PRO
 
adavies March 03, 2017
Lol...awesome capture! :)
Seraphim
 
Seraphim March 27, 2017
AFLAC! Great shot. Very original.
jenniferroarkmccants
 
jenniferroarkmccants February 03, 2019
Definitely made me laugh. Love the unique perspective!
vitor PRO+
 
vitor February 03, 2019
Fantastic!
heatherpaisley
 
Love it!
Samborough PRO
 
Samborough Mar 25
I thought I had a unique shot of a swan, but you nailed it,well done!!! Awsome.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
I Love this one.
catrionaroberts PRO+
 
How on earth did you manage to take this shot ? Just at the right time!!!!
RAPJones PRO+
RAPJones Jun 17
Thanks Catriona. My description of how I took it is just below the title and it's pretty much how I managed the shot. I didn't use continuous shooting mode and I never do for any shots because I don't enjoy editing lots of photos that are virtually identical. I seem to have very fast reactions and I'm often able to predict split second timing. I put this ability down to the fact that I was an animator for fifteen years where you have to break down all motion to at least twelve units per second.
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U Jul 29
terrific!