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Feeling somewat disappointed by the passage of the two swans and not knowing exactly whether my snatched shots would be up to anything I put the camera into view mode and started to review them. As I did this I looked up the river and saw another lone swan - instinct or expectation - I put the camera back into shoot mode and changed lense to my 80 -200.

The swan performed to perfection, 'flying' my way to join the others - in fact he never took off completely covering the whole 2-300 metre stretch by fly walking across the water. I was so happy to see this and to capture it after what had happened with the first two swans - just being in the right place at the right time.

This picture is a tight crop from the full frame which I also like and which I've included in the workshop - be interested to know which one you like better. Looking for pictures of swans here and elsewhere I've realised what a rare shot this is outside of those people who dedicate large parts of their lives to this sort of photography - I was really very privileged to have this opportunity.

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