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Mycteria americana

Mycteria americana
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 12:46
Viewed: 5138
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Wood Stork is the only stork that presently breeds in North America; with a small and endangered breeding population iin the southern part of the USA. The Wood Stork was formerly called the Wood Ibis, though it is not really an ibis.

Captured this one on the side of the road near a sugar cane field.

jusninasirun, saeedabbasi, uleko, Alex99, Argus, izler, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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Hello Sky,
Very good clarity on the Wood Stork with exposure and focus here!
good natural colour and details
a fine image

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-07 19:50]

Hello Sky,
Nice capture of this stork searching the grass for his next meal. Good composition, exposure and focus are great as well. Thank you sky for sharing.

Hello Sky. Awesome bird the wood stork. Nicely captured in natural environment under good lighting. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Sky ,
Nice capture with good light and composition.
well done

thanks for sharing

kind regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-08 4:04]

Hi Sky,
nice shot of this Wood Stork.
You've composed it really well!
One thing I'd say is that the DOF is a bit too deep!
I think a better aperture would have been f/5.6 because it would have blurred the BG more while also giving you a higher shutter-speed.
Other than that though this photo has a great POV, superb exposure, excellent colours and a great note.
Thanks for sharing this!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-08 7:25]

Hello SKy,
You've caught this Wood Stork in a fine pose and in a natural environment. I like the profile of the head and solid bill. I expect it was at some distance away and you must have cropped it quite a bit.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-08 19:23]

Hi Sky
Great capture of this Stork in his natural
environment,nice details and composition
tfs jon

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-08 22:17]

Hello Sky,
Nice capture of a Wood Stork in what looks like difficult light. I like the pose and POV and it stands out well against antural BG. Thanks for sharing this 'beauty'!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-09 0:33]

Hi Sky.
Very nice true wild scene and cute bird. Excellent framing, composition and details of the entire image. Only it seems to me level of saturation and contrast is not enough but it is matter of taste. My best regards and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-09 12:18]

hello sky
lucky day for you and difficult capture under the harsh light condition
i had never seen like this before (only in internet sites)
i like composition, point of view and colours
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-09 22:15]

Hi Sky,
Wonderful shot of this Wood Stork faraging for food. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting and exposure of the white plumage. I like this natural setting and your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hallo Sky
This looks like an old man carrying heavy burdens. Not my idea of a beautiful bird, but it is also not a bird that appears on the gallery every second day and that itself is worth a smiley. Nicely captured in natural surroundings. I personally would have liked if the object was closer. This way one would have been able to see more detail of the interesting beak and face, as well as have a better view of the plumage. It is never the less an image I appreciated to look at with interest. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

hi Sky
C'est une belle présentation et un beau portrait
avec une bonne exposition et de
beaux details.
bravo et au revoir...JP.

Les sourires demain

Hola Sky,
Interesante foto, tal vez algo borrosa pienso que por no encontrarse demasiado cerca. Es natural de mi país, pero en mi zona no abundan. Curiosamente trabajando por el campo hoy vi 4 juntas descanzando sobre un puente que cruza un arroyo, la única que había visto antes fue una sola y hace 6 años.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-06 20:59]

Hello Sky

What an unusual looking bird.
The scene is very well captured,and the stork is well placed in a natural setting.
Very good plumage detail.
The POV is well handled.
Lucky you, to see this in the wild.


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