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African spoonbill

African spoonbill
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-13 3:55
Viewed: 4082
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. This species is a widespread resident across Africa and Madagascar.

The African Spoonbill occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons. Usually two to four eggs are laid.

The African Spoonbill is almost unmistakable through most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its red legs and face and long grey spatulate bill. It has no crest, unlike the Common Spoonbill. Immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

This spoonbill feeds on various fish, molluscs and amphibians.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-13 7:22]

Hello again Albert,
This capture of an African Spoonbill shows its features well from a nice POV with excellent sharpness, so that it is quite distinguishable from other species of spoonbill. The composition with the reflection of the partly open bill adds to the attracton of this image.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Albert
super good composition with nice light and good details
beautiful naturel colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-13 15:34]

Salut Albert,un nouveau cadeau depuis ton voyage,et quel cadeau! Magnifique rendez-vous avec cette merveille si etrange et magnifique capture avec la meilleure lumiere,nettete' et composition.Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Bonjour mon ami Albert,

Excellent timing! Good choice of shutter speed to freeze the action.
TFS and have a nice sunday MF!
Greetings from London!


Bonjour Albert,
Bonne composition et excellente maitrise de la lumière valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

bonjour Albert

une excellente photo de cet oiseau africain,
prise au bon moment (j'aimes cette pose) par un
excellent pose et cadrage, superbement focusé
et quels excellents details du plumage blanc,
le catch-light rend la photo toujours plus belle,



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