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Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-07 9:01
Viewed: 2342
Points: 24
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Photo Note

I took this photo a little over a year ago. The Ibis is landing on a tree, this image #3 in a series of 5 images. I was disappointed in it because I didn't freeze the wings. I have only been on Trek Nature for a few weeks but I feel I learned a lot. Based on all the beautiful images I have viewed on this site, all the critiques I have read, and the critiques I have done. If I was the critique this photo now.

Problems are POV ( I should have tried to fine a better POV to eliminate the dark BG so I would have bettered the head and neck definition), Sutter Speed and ISO ( If I wanted to freeze the bird entirely I need to start using faster speeds and upping the ISO if necessary)

Good things are DOV is pretty good ( I created a blurred background to separate the bird) I think my composition is good. My POV is good from an angle point of view. I think my exposure is good in the way shadow detail and hi-light are balanced.

I was not looking at photos in this manor before I came to this site. So for you novices who are reading this, I really encourage you read critiques and especially start writing them. There are some really good photographers on this site and it can be intimating. I feel if you sit and look at someone else's photo and study it for its Point of view (POV), Depth of field (DOV), Where is the light coming from, its angle, composition, Focus. Decide what you like about it and what you don't like. If I do all these things I am confident that in time when I step behind my own camera I will automatically incorporate all these thinks into my next shot. My photographs can't help but improve.

How did I do on my own critique?

I was using a 300mm lens with a 1.4x converter with a monopod. Conditions were sunny. The image was cropped and BG adjusted a bit.

Thank you to the members of this site.

Australian White Ibis

The ibises (collective plural ibis;[1] classical plurals ibides[2][3] and ibes[3]) are a group of long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae.

There are 28 different types of Ibis and two that extinct.

They all have long, down-curved bills, and usually feed as a group, probing mud for food items, usually crustaceans. Most species nest in trees, often with spoonbills or herons.

The word ibis comes from Greek and Latin, and probably from the Ancient Egyptian.

In culture

The African Sacred Ibis was an object of religious veneration in ancient Egypt, particularly associated with the deity Djehuty or otherwise commonly referred to in Greek as Thoth. He is responsible for writing, mathematics, measurement and time as well as the moon and magic.[5] In artworks of the Late Period of Ancient Egypt, Thoth is popularly depicted as an ibis-headed man while consumed in the act of writing.[5]

At the town of Hermopolis, ibises were reared specifically for sacrificial purposes and in the Serapeum at Saqqara, archaeologists found the mummies of one and a half million ibises and hundreds of thousands of falcons.[6]

According to local legend in the Birecik area, the Northern Bald Ibis was one of the first birds that Noah released from the Ark as a symbol of fertility,[7] and a lingering religious sentiment in Turkey helped the colonies there to survive long after the demise of the species in Europe.[8]

The mascot of the University of Miami is an American White Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school mascot because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes. According to legend, the ibis is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed.[9]

A short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst uses the sable-hued bird as foreshadowing for a character's death and as the primary symbol.[10]

The African Sacred Ibis is the unit symbol of the Israeli Special Forces unit known as Unit 212 or Maglan in Hebrew: מגלן.

Moses used the Ibis to help him defeat the Ethiopians.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-07 9:42]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of this ibis in great sharpness, details and nice natural colours. Superb timing, POV and a fine composition.

hello Colin
this is super good!!
great sharpness good light and many details of this bird
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely Ibis in fantastic action, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Wonderful capture Colin
Well indeed the image is looking a bit flat with the lack of more punchy contrast but I really love the chosen point of view and the accurate depth of field. In my workshop I increased the brightness and the contrast selectively. Hope you like the result! Happy New Year!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-07 14:19]

Hi Colin,great timing and great quality,not easy to see great details like this whit an in-flight bird,perfect exposure and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Colin

WOW ! great shot of the Australian White Ibis
in landing action, you know what ? the important
is that the head/eye/neck/beak are in focus
like the body, the tail and legs, and for the
blur of the wings it shows the motion,
for your ISO, I see that you are at ISO125,
with my Nikon D5100 for in-flight shots I am shooting
at ISO1000 and have no digital noise (probably it
is too much high my ISO setting), with your Canon 7D
without problem you can shoot at ISO1000 or
let say ISO800 for in-flight photos, TFS


Hello Colin,
One of the most interesting and lovely species of birds I have ever seen. The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely bird. Fantastic details and clarity. The workshop is also excellent increasing the contrast.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!


I concur with George's WS and Asbed's assessment of use of ISO and SS in shooting in-flight photos.
Shot is great POV. TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-08 0:56]

Hello Colin
an elegance composition of this big bird in flight.
Excellent clarity and lovely gesture by the bird.
I like the wing so much, its is so attractive.


這張時間抓的很不錯 翅膀和腳都很清楚
眼神有點緊張 像是要急忙離開
光線也抓得很好 真的不錯

Hello Colin,
what perfect timing, superb.
colour, contrast and the composition is class one.
best wishes,

Colin..so so thankful you JOINED US! I Love this shot, and you can see by the workshop, its awesome and you know, as often as I am in the wetlands i have never ever seen this one before!! Well done INDEED! Can't wait to see more! Like you, still experimenting, each shot we learn something! Application is key and can see the "foreshadowing" of your own growth :0)

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