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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 14:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent one week holiday in Cuba
Done in the lagune at walking distance from the hotel in Cayo Gulliermo - Cuba

Roseate Spoonbill
Platalea ajaja Order CICONIIFORMES - Family THRESKIORNITHIDAE - Subfamily Plataleinae

A bizarre wading bird of the southern coasts, the Roseate Spoonbill uses its odd bill to strain small food items out of the water. Its bright pink coloring leads many Florida tourists to think they have seen a flamingo.

topSize: 71-86 cm (28-34 in)
Wingspan: 120-130 cm (47-51 in)
Weight: 1200-1800 g (42.36-63.54 ounces)

Long, flat, spoon-shaped bill.
Bald head.
Moderately long reddish legs.
(from "All About Birds")

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Hello Mario,
What can i say?
Colors,details,light,MODEL are perfect.

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture of this Roseate Spoonbill. It surely looks strange. You have managed to record the details extremely well, they are pin sharp and the colours are bright but natural.

Beautiful shot! The pink reflections on the blue water looks awesome. The red eyes are also terrific. Sharply focussed and well composed.

Hi Mario,
It´s a bird taht inhabits in southamerican lagoons as well, there are in some seasons in my town. Close-up and detyails captured are really superb,time exposure and colours are perfect.

Hi Mario.
This is amazing!
I had no idea these came in Pink.
We have the Royal Spoonbill here in New Zealand,but they're just the white ones.
This is almost like the mirror image of a shot I posted two days ago ... but a bit closer and sharper.
Great stuff!
This shot has just made my day!

This is gorgeous Mario. The colors and details are superb. Lovely work

Evelynn ; )

Wow as Steve said we only have the white ones, and i was out getting some photos of it today. The colours are so vibrant. The face of this variety is a funny colour. The white ones just have a black face. very very interesting and lovely shot.

Happy Snapping

A nicely composed image with amazing colour impact. The sharpness is excellent and you have retained good detail in the bird. An excellent and informative image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-30 2:05]

Hello Mario,
Very beautiful photo of this Spoonbill in lovely natural colours and great sharpness. Very good composition and POV. Nice reflection.
Kind regards,

Hi Mario,

Beautifull shot
excellent compo with amazing colors
i love the red eye

TFS Thijs

Hello Mario,
Great shot, excellent sharpness and depth of field,
beautiful colors, nice light, lovely reflections
and fantastic pose.

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