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Collecting water

Collecting water
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-26 6:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This mother Jabiru is collecting water in her crop. She had a nest with three juveniles waiting for her. The big nest was placed in top of a tree in full sunshine. It was over 40o C. The heat was terrible. A few minutes later she flew to the nest and gave the young ones a fresh shower from her crop.

The Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) is a large stork found in the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, except west of the Andes. It is most common in the Pantanal region of Brazil and the Eastern Chaco region of Paraguay. It is the only member of the genus Jabiru. The name comes from the Tupi-Guaraní language and means "swollen neck".

The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America, often standing around the same height as the flightless and much heavier American Rhea. The adult size of Jabirus ranges up to 1.5 m tall, 2.8 m across the wings, and a weight of at least 8 kg . The beak, up to 30 cm long, is black and broad, slightly upturned, ending in a sharp point. The plumage is mostly white, but the head and upper neck are featherless and black, with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base. The sexes are similar, although the female is usually smaller than the male. While it is an ungainly bird on the ground, the Jabiru is a powerful and graceful flier.

The Jabiru lives in large groups near rivers and ponds, and eats prodigious quantities of fish, mollusks, and amphibians. It will occasionally eat reptiles and small mammals. It will even eat fresh carrion and dead fish, such as those that die during dry spells, and thus help maintain the quality of isolated bodies of water.

The nest of twigs is built by both parents around August–September (in the southern hemisphere) on tall trees, and enlarged at each succeeding season growing to several meters in diameter. Half a dozen nests may be built in close proximitiy, sometimes among nests of herons and other birds. The parents take turns incubating the clutch of 2 to 5 white eggs.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen such Pre-historic type Stork before.Thanks for your NOTE with beautiful picture.Nice to see the moment of carrying water.Good details with nice colour.Like its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter

WOW ! excellent photo with that water effect at the beak, superb POV, DOF,
and framing, great focus, sharpness, and details, and educational notes, TFS


Spectacular when you've captured, with water still dripping peak this Jabiru mycteria (great detail of the bird, especially head and neck). Also of note is really interesting and has that documentary touch through the trip when one notes the experience.

Thanks for this trip to the Pantanal, friend Peter.


hallo peter
Weer een super moment voor jou om deze water drinkende ooievaar tegen te komen
super scherpe opname en prachtige kleuren
leuke foto
gr lou

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic birs, beautiful ambientation, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
This is really a beauty....I like the fantastic colors and shape of this bird....It is a perfect composition with a splendid colorful specie. Excellent clarity and fantastic sharp details as usual. Amazing and perfect moment chosen for this capture.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-26 13:47]

Hi Peter,it's very difficult to comment a pic like this,absolutely GREAT!!!! What a timing and what an interesting scene and moment,the mother collecting water to the new born is fantastic,spectacular capture with the best quality as possible.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Nice moment captured in this fantastic shot. very nice composition.


What a way to keep the babies cool, Peter!
Wonderful action shot of the big female collecting water for the purpose.
Another priceless image from your tour to Brazil.

Hello Peter!
A superb shot of this interesting bird while collecting water in its strong beak. Excellent details and clarity; water spilling out of beak is beautifully captured.Well done and thanks for sharing this lovely shot!
Best Regards,

Hello Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的水鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 整體都非常的清楚羽毛顯得很細膩
特別的美麗也很新奇 光線亮麗
抓住喝水的那一時間點真是棒極了 很棒的作品
構圖美麗 背景深遂

You didn't have the best light here, but you did good!
Very intresting behavior! And a seldom(?) seen bird.
Good and sharp freezing of the water!

TFS, Ronny

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. You were and still are my neighbour when I posted my photo of the field pipit but somehow I failed to come back to thank friends and most of all I missed commenting on this top quality shot of yours which has made us all proud.....I mean it.
You have captured the Jabiru in a wonderful position and your note has already explained that, for most of the bigger and smaller birds regurgitate food and water to feed their young. You are an expert here on TN and it is good to work in your shadow....smile.
Thanks for sharing, take care,

warm regards / Abid

Details/sharp impressive MF Peter. Beautiful colours intrigant movement of water.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-28 19:38]

Hello Peter,
Talk about a large crop....this lady looks like she has a basketball in her throat!! The thing I noticed first is the way the bill color seems to blend into the head perfectly.
Captured in an unusual moment with crop completely filled, you managed to capture exceptional detail. Beautiful contrasting colors and perfectly exposed image. A very educational moment!!


Olá Peter belo pássaro esse é o simbolo do Pantanal brasileiro esta foto ficou dez com cores e nitidez muito boa parabéns.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-03-05 12:34]

Hola Peter, hermosa foto llena de acción y movimiento de esta bella especie; es un hermoso Jabiru inmaduro que aún no tiene el blanco total de los adultos. Me gusta la composición, el momento captado y el bello entorno además...saludos.

Hello Peter.
Wonderful natural history shot.
Great documentation of a mother Jabiru's behavior.
Best wishes,

Amazing scene and great photo Peter! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness! Very interesting!

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