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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: 2007-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 6:02
Viewed: 5356
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a week of skiing in the Alps of Austria I’m back with a new photo.
Before I put two photos of a Jabiru here on TN. This time a flying one. It was nesting time. I only got one chance to take a photo of this Jabiru. I had to take this photo between a lot of branches. So I missed a piece of its toes. But I hope you like it.

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.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 6:18]

Excellent shot of this flying Jabiru with nest sticks in its mouth :-)
Great lighting and exposure.
Superb sharpness.
Did you enjoy skiing? I went earlier this year to Bulgaria for a skiing holiday and it was the best holiday I've ever had!
Thanks for sharing this,


Peter WOW!!
Excellent details, nice POV and sharpness!!A wonderful shot, overall!!
Thank you!!

Hi Peter
Great action shot of this jabiru in his natural environment,nice light and exposure on white feathers.good catchlite in eye. tfs jon

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-02 12:47]

Hi Peter. Hope you hade a good holiday and no broken bones !! The bird has that much in its mouth to build anet in one go. good timing for this inflight shot. natural colours and a fine detail. well done TFS.

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-02 12:56]

Hello Peter,
This one has really got his mouthful! Great capture of this fine stork gathering nesting material. Beautiful light and fine colours. Very sharp details too and very well timed.
Many thanks, Ulla
P later

Hello Peter what an amazing bird and a great catch. The Souuth America's must be an awsome place for photography. Nice exposure for a difficult subject to expose for both black and white detail is fine with good dynamic range. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-03 0:29]

Hi Peter,
Nice to see you back and in full form (and in one piece, after your skiing adventure, hahaha). Great inflight shot of this beautiful Jabiru. Nice colours and details on its plumage and you have freezed this action moment perfectly. Superb lighting and exposure. I like your chosen POV and the effective composition. Kudos.

Hi Peter,
I think I have never seen this strange bird before. It is very contrasted with this black head and you managed exposure well by letting us see nice details on the pale and dark parts. You also caught a nice action and all this while it is flying which is not easy. You are lucky to have skied in the Alps! I love ski but because of a leg problem, I didn't do some this winter for the first time in my life :( I hope I’ll have the chance to do some before the end of the season… Greetings,

Excellent capture! Never saw - or even heard of this bird before! So the pleasure is even greater! Good detail! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Peter,
Beautiful and colored stork species capture from Brazil again great. POV and composition very nice as like focus and timing. good notes. TFS, well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-03 9:20]

Hi Peter

Great action shot - must have been difficult to achieve. I have seen these several times and mostly they stand around like garden ornaments - well done.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-03 11:21]

Hi Peter,

How did I miss this one? Fantastic timing to get this wonderful in flight shot of this stork. Amazing how many sticks he is carrying for his nest. Wonderful colors, details, and setting. It is really fascinating to see pictures of birds performing their daily tasks. This is a winner!


Hello Peter,
what a fantastic action shot with splendd colours and very good management of exposure, excellent focus and lovely composition,
a great cheer my friend,

Hi Peter, splendid bird in superb fly, wonderful colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

Wonderful capture of this flying Jabiru my friend! Excelent details and Nice composition. TFS and Regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-04 2:51]

Hello Peter,
Very nice capture,beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-04 4:11]

At that rythm the nest will be build very fast! :-) Thanks Peter for this great moment! Clear, sharp and well composed image, well done, thanks!


Hallo Peter
I have commented on this bird before in one of your previous postings, describing it as a persons hand in a puppet show. Looking at this image of the bird in flight I can only see a beautiful and most spectacular bird with the most impressive wingspan. Just love the long black beak and of course the round black eye with that catch light that is so obvious and clear, even from a distance. Good focus, well framed and sharp details. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-03-04 13:42]

Salut Peter,
Belle photo avec de belles couleurs et belle composition. Bel environnement naturelle.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-05 5:21]

Hi Peter,
this is a great shot, not easy to expose such a bright subject against a dark background that's moving so quickly. It's impressive to see so much vegetation in his big bill!
Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-05 14:24]

Hi Peter,

Very nice inflight shot showing the Jaribu in his natural environment and in full action bringing stuff for his nest.
Well done!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-05 15:36]

Hello Peter,
Thats quite the mouth full it has, superb job on the in flight capture of this great bird, thank you for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-06 9:50]

Hi Peter.
What a great scene and perfect shot/ I have never seen such scenes. Bravo. Amazing colours, terrific details and sharpness, superb exposure and reproduction of all shades of bird feathers. Well done and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-16 2:45]

Hi Peter

It is lovely to see the bird collecting materials for the nest. It is a really spring shot. Nice frozen action and great POV



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-19 21:19]

Hello Peter

Excellent in flight capture.
The nesting material in the beak is a nice accent.
Very good colours.
The shot is well composed

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-30 14:32]

Superbe prise nature. bravo pour la presentation.
Merci pour le partage Peter.

Hello Peter

Great close-up in-flight shot of this species
of bird transporting materials for the nest,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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