|Copyright: Fatih Sam (fthsm)
|Date Taken: 2008-07-19|
|Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 400 5.6L|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6400 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 4:36|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia|
The Royal Spoonbill is a large white waterbird with black, spatulate (spoon-shaped) bill, facial skin, legs and feet. During the breeding season, it has a distinctive nuchal (back of head or nape of neck) crest, which can be up to 20 cm long in male birds (usually shorter in females). The crest can be erected during mating displays to reveal bright pink skin underneath. Breeding adults also have a creamy-yellow wash across the lower neck and upper breast and a strip of bright pink skin along the edge of the underwings which is obvious when the bird opens its wings. The facial skin is black with a yellow patch above the eye and a red patch in the middle of the forehead, in front of the crest feathers. Females are slightly smaller with shorter legs and bill. Out of breeding season, the nuchal crests are reduced, the underwing is not bright pink and the plumage is less brilliant, often appearing 'dirty'. Young birds are similar to non-breeding adults without a crest or coloured face patches, and are slightly smaler with a shorter, smoother bill. The Royal Spoonbill is most often seen wading in shallow waters, sweeping its submerged bill back and forth in a wide arc to find food.
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An awesome shot of the Spoonbill in flight. I like the position of the wings and the placement of the bird in the frame. I have done a workshop to see the effect of removing the tan coloured area at the top as I feel this could be a slight distraction. Hope you find it helpful.
Most interesting content and even in flight...
Great you gave the shutter speed; I think it is a tad soft through the focus.