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African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-07 0:46
Viewed: 2010
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Platalea alba (African spoonbill)

Distribution and habitat: Occurs in a narrow horizontal band from Senegal to Ethiopia, extending south through Uganda, Kenya, eastern DRC, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola to southern Africa. Here it is locally common in Zimbabwe, parts of Mozambique and Namiba, northern and eastern Botswana and much of South Africa, largely excluding the arid Karoo. It can occupy almost any shallow water body, generally preferring the margins of rivers or lakes, pans, marshes, flood plains, sewage works, dams, coastal estuaries and lagoons; it mainly breeds in swamps with stands of sedges (Juncus) and reeds (Phragmites).

Predators and parasites: Its chicks and eggs have been recorded as prey of Corvus splendens (House crow).

Movements and migrations: Nomadic, as it moves in response to rainfall and habitat availability.

Food: It mainly eats small fish and aquatic invertebrates, mainly foraging by wading through the water while sweeping its bill from side to side, snapping prey up instinctively when touched, before swallowing with a jerk of the head. Its oddly-shaped bill is adapted for this technique, as the spoon shape makes it easier it to grab slippery prey. It also follows Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) and Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius), catching animals they disturb.
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-07 0:54]

Hello Bungbing.
A wonderful capture of this spoonbill.Very good details in the plumage,but also the bill.Well composed and captured in a natural setting.Very good POV and DOF.Well done.Best regards Siggi

African spoonbill is really beautiful. You have taken with great perfection with good lighting and angle. tfs.

Hello Bungbing,

an great timing and meeting to get this bird photograped while eating.
Good pov and details and sharpness.
Fine colors.

Hola Bungbing.

Excelente composicion y oportuno disparo,magnificos detalles y colores.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-07 5:52]

Hello Bunyapon,
A lovely capture of the Spoonbill in action and with a watchful eye on you! I love the pose and the dark background. Beautiful light and colours and fine sharp details.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

You have come along at an opportune time. Your grand works, such as this beauty, helps fill large gaps where great photographers have left us. Well seen my young friend and world traveller from Thailand. Very nice presentation.

Bonjour Bungbing,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une lumière bien maitrisée et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Bunyapon
Beautiful photo with very good POV, excellent composition and wonderful lighting.

Hello Bunyapon,
Great capture in what seems to be low-intensity light. A pleasure to view.

Hi Bunyapon,
Nice spoon bill. Nice feather details and timing with the grass-in-mouth. Great capture and find, it is such an unusual bird, we don't have them where I live. Well done.

Hello Bunyapon,
Great composition with very nice colors and excellent focus.
The details, light, exposure and sharpness are superb.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-08-07 12:06]

superb capture! thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-07 12:27]

How are greats the water reflections on the plums,they paint a magic design..magnificent light position and great sharpness,a very professional work,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Bunyapon,
A brilliant view of this bird in action. Excellent sharp details, nice colours and perfect exposure. It stands out very nicely against the natural background too. Well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-07 23:15]

Hello Bungbing,
splendid and impressive shot!
great detail, excellent POV and beautiful colors.
(the eye is wonderful)

Nice sharp photo wuth good feather detail

great capture, nice subject and picture, excellent details and white on the bird,

congratulations !

all the best to you,

ciao, tino

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