Swan Kamchatka

• Swan Kamchatka

I have been shooting swans 5 years. It all began one day in February. When I was standing on the porch of our club, I saw a flock of swans on the River sits just 500 meters away. I, without thinking twice, grabbed the camera and ran to the river. But before I was able to approach them close enough to make at least one shot, they are afraid of me, then flew away.

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Realizing that the swans are very shy, I was thinking how to organize their shooting. And now, every year, when the frosts begin and lies a thick layer of snow, more than a meter, I begin to prepare for their arrival.

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Overhaul skradok for day and night ambush I do not build because they do not always have the time to be there for days. I bet on it, to be able at any time to go to the river unnoticed. For this we have to dig trenches up to 50 meters. The benefit of the thickness of the snow is such that the wall of the trench along an almost two meters, which in turn allows you to sneak unnoticed into skradok.

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The riverbank has a height greater than two meters high, and so this year I decided to build a two-story skradok. To be able to quietly go down to the water level.

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Just take a few snow walls for other angles.

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Swans wintering in the entire territory of Kamchatka, but they are particularly attracted to this river is that it never freezes over with the release of warm water.

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And so the main shoot me pass, when severe frosts come. Thanks to them, most of the river freezes, and in my area there is always ice-hole to which they flock together, when there are no other places.

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whooper swans can be called a giant among waterfowl. The scope of the wing reaches 2.5 meters.

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In all the time that rented swans, I never watched them conflict with each other.

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While viewing pictures of swans from other parts of Russia, often I see the photos on which they are fighting. Perhaps their calm due to the fact that they are not going to large flocks, and they have no reason to worry. As a rule, I see a small family of 2 to 8 birds.

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Sometimes they gather in a flock of 30-40 birds.

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The daily routine at them boring.

woke up

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Podkrepa algae

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showered

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Clean

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Again to sleep.

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This year, the small variety, introduced flew swan recognize that I was not able to.

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For the young whooper swan it is small size and beak color is yellow. There is a suspicion that this bean.

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An adult swan

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As soon as the frost subside, and the river is freed from the ice, swans perekochovyvayut up the river and away from the village.

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