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Copyright: Thomas Warratz (Oldtree) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 92] (256)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 70-300
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-19 17:32
Viewed: 4375
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all, yes this is an unusual composition. But somehow I find it interesting. You can see various body parts of these wonderful birds. It has a kind of dynamic and good detail. So let's see if you like it.
There are two different types of flamingos on this photo. The "Caribbean flamingos" (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) and the "Greater flamingos" (Phoenicopterus ruber). The orange ones are the Caribbean flamingos.
The following information was found at:

... With their bright feathers and strongly hooked bills, flamingos are among the most easily recognized waterbirds. Their pink or reddish color comes from the rich sources of carotenoid pigments (like the pigments of carrots) in the algae and small crustaceans that the birds eat. The Caribbean flamingos Phoenicopterus ruber ruber are the brightest, showing their true colors of red, pink, or orange on their legs, bills, and faces...

...The flamingo feeds by sucking water and mud in at the front of its bill and then pumping it out again at the sides. Here, briny plates called lamellae act like tiny filters, trapping shrimp and other small water creatures for the flamingo to eat...

...Caribbean, greater Phoenicopterus ruber, and Chilean flamingos Phoenicopterus chilensis ... feed mostly on invertebrates such as brine flies, shrimps, and mollusks. They get these food items from the bottom mud by wading in shallow water. Sometimes they swim to get their food, and sometimes by “upending” (tail feathers in the air, head underwater) like ducks...

This was taken at "Vogelpark Walsrode" (bird park walsrode) the worlds biggest bird park (http://www.vogelpark-walsrode.de ; language is only german).

Hope you like it.

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Yes, no matter how you shoot flamingoes I always end up with unusual compositions. I guess it's because they bundle together and their unusual shapes. You managed the colour and brightness very well. Great detail and interesting reading material. Thanx.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-20 2:53]

Very great note Thomas, the colours of the Flamingo'sis splendid, I like this, good wotk here!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-20 7:48]

Unusual, yes, Colorful, yes, Beautiful, yes, DOF Good, yes, Sharpness Good, yes. I thought that I would leave an unusual composition. I like it

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-20 7:53]

Beautiful birds! Great colours!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-20 8:14]

Gran colorido Thomas... extraño encuadre, por cierto.
El detalle de colores y texturas en las plumas de las aves es maravilloso.
Muy buena agudeza y profundidad, además de una excelente nota.

Great colorful Thomas... strange frame, certainly.
The detail of colors and textures in the pens of the birds is wonderful.
Very good sharpness and depth, besides to an excellent note.

I agree with Ricardo, the framing and composition is really strange an chaotic, but when you get into the photo it works very well :) You have to look at this one for a while, sure I would be nice for a Large Format.

Really nice capture here Thomas. I always think the salmon pink colour of these birds is very eye catching. Your unusual composition seems to work well here.

It has a great composition with a nice colors harmony,good use of DOF,and well framed,nicely composed and I like details here,vivid and a lively shot,...Glad to see you in the green world of TN,Thomas.
You did great.

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