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Wood Stork

Wood Stork
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-29
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds' interaction with different bird species, Birds of PERU, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 5:35
Viewed: 5630
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Juvenile Wood Stork having a catfish as breakfast and a Great Egret in the background.
Amazon river is full of fish, the birds living here are very lucky.

Wood Stork (juvenile)
Mycteria americana
*The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was formerly called the "Wood Ibis", though it is not really an ibis.
This is a subtropical and tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The Wood Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird that flies with its neck outstretched and legs extended. It forages usually where lowering water levels concentrate fish in open wetlands; they also frequent rice paddies. Wood storks walk slowly and steadily in shallow water up to the belly seeking prey, which, like that of most of their relatives, consists of fish, frogs and large insects. They catch fish by holding their bill open in the water until a fish is detected.
(*Source: wikipedia)

Great Egret
Ardea Alba
91.5-99 cm

*Uncommon to fairly common on coast and in Amazonia; very local in Andes. Most numerous in marshes, irrigated agricultural land, river edges, mudflats, and mangroves along coast; in Amazonia prefers lake
margins and marshes and ismuch scarcer along rivers.

Usually outnumbered by Snowy and Cattle egrets, but sometimes seen in large aggregations. Breeding birds have long white plumes on lower back, and lores become brighter green.

*Source: Birds of Peru (Princeton Field Guides)
by Thomas S. Schulenberg, Douglas F. Stotz, Daniel F. Lane, John P. O'Neill, Theodore A. Parker III

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-28 5:37]

Hi selen,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.

Well done, Selen.
You didn't miss the depth of field which is not obvious.
An extraordinary image content-wise through the fish moment, the Jabiru (not common in TN), the muddy circumstances,...
Nicely done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-28 5:43]

Hi Selen . Great timing to get this shot of the two and the Jabiru with its fish. good detail and natural colours.The jabiru looks if he has a smileon his face. well done TFS.

Offf offf... Selen hanım bu ne müthiş bir çekim. bu ne güzellik, çekimin özelliklerini saymakla bitmez. Güzellikleri gösterdiğiniz yetmiyormuş gibi bir de önemli bir dökümanı sunuyorsunuz. Kısaça sıradışı ve mükemmel. Ellerinize sağlık...

Hi Selen.
a fine picture and you managed to get two different species.
Good sharpness, fine details and very good DOF, both are in good fócus and standout well. And I like the low POV.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-28 6:31]

Hello Selen,
This is great!
A superb action shot of a Jabiru Stork and its captive catfish together with a Great White Egret behind, all of which is sharp in a fine DOF that allows a pleasing OOF natural BG.
An excellent capture and thanks for sharing it.
Have a good weekend,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-28 7:16]

Hello Selen!

Excellent moment [but not for fish :-)]. Very crowded piece of muddy pond. Both birds look good, with nice poses.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-28 7:27]

Hello Selen,
Great capture of the Jabiro Stork with a fine catch. Nice to see it together with the beautiful Egret too. Great sharpness and natural colours against the darker background.
Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-28 7:49]

Hello Selen,
Great scene with the Jabiru Stork and Great White Egret. Both are very beautiful. The young Jabiru didn't have the red on its throat.(You can take a look at my Brazil photos).
Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours. Great OOF BG and low POV.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-28 8:05]

Hello Selen,
This is absolute beauty and lovely shot. Wonderful sharpness and superb PoV. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-28 8:14]

Hi Selen.
Simply brilliant shot of fine birds and pictorial scenery. Excellent clear colours and impressive 3D-effect. I also like great details and sharpness of the images of the both birds. Dark smooth BG underlines the beauty of the main characters perfectly. Bravo. Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-28 8:17]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic depth of field in the image, with great action captured too. Nice details and colors and great out of focus background, just an all around, splendid image. Thank you Selen.

Hi Selen,

Excellent detailed wildlife action shot. Great composition, sharp details and nice BG.


Best wishes


Güzel zamanlama,olunması gereken zamanda orada olmuşsun eline saglık Selen

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-28 12:49]

Selen hanim harika! Elinize sağlık... teşekkürler.

Merhaba Selen Hanım, harika bir ensstantane. elinize sağlık.

Splendido momento di cattura, molto bella questa composizione che mostra il comportamento di questi uccelli nel loro ambiente, il giovane Jabiru aggressivo e orgoglioso della preda, l'airone bianco maggiore elegante e obbligato all'indifferenza, ottima nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Merhaba Selen...Sizinle gurur duydum Resimlerinize baktim hepsi birbirinden guzel ve cekici...Ozellikle sunset fotografini cok ilginc bir sekilde yakalayip yansittiniz tebrikler..Bunun da kompozisyonu ve renkleriyle beraber yakaladiginiz poz mukemmel....Cok kabiliyetli ve bilgili oldugunuz belli....Hepsine hayran kaldim.. Calismalarinizin ve basarilarinizin devamini dilerim...Saygilarimla , Leyla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-28 14:07]

Very good photo, Selen!
I bet that Jabiru is very happy with that Catfish :-)
Excellent quality.
Superb sharpness.
Great composition.

Well done!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-28 16:41]

Hola Selen,
buena pareja,
bella captura y detalles,
magnífico pov,

merhaba Selen hanım,
ben yine sizin eski trioları hatırladım. meşhur jabiru yanında beyaz balıkçıl -E. goliath olabilir mi bilmiyorum (siz alba olarak not etmişsiniz)- ve ağzında güney amerikanın ilginç yayınbalıklarından birisiyle güzel bir trio. elinize sağlık. seriyi zevkle izliyorum. selamlar.


This is an excellent two in one shot! I really like how you captured the action here. The Egret is probably thinking "what a nice breakfast this fish would have made ..." You've captured this moment with very nice detail, sharpness and POV. Excellent work Selen. TFS.

Best Regards,


Merhaba Selen,
sorry for the delay!
great shot to have two Egret and Jabiru well captured with the best pose of them!
the image is so sharp with beautiful colour and superb details
really well done and TFS
greeting and sincere regards

Jabiru and Great Egret make a fine pair in this lively shot, Selen.
Though both birds have diverse body shapes and colours, they look amazingly beautiful together.
The image is very sharp, crisp and colourful.
The BG is so very authetic in the picture.
TFS and regards,

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2008-06-28 23:14]

Rare shot. Excellent !

Hi Selen
Great capture by you and the Jabiru
Details are excellent and a nice low POV make this image unique with two different species
tfs jon

WOW!My dear Selene,
This is perfect timing...Very well seen, framed and captured!

Sometimes the luck is with you when nature does it's thing. A very timely capture Selen. The lighting is very good with no bad shadows.That gives us a nice look at the details.The lens managed to go right through the branch in front not bad.
Thanks for sharing this.
Keep enjoying the weekend out of sun.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-29 12:50]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel yakalamışsınız.İkisi de net.Işık ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 14:39]

Hola Selen, qué bonita composición, buen enfoque, color y luz. El momento con la captura bien vale observarla otra vez. Gracias por el último mensaje. Un saludo

Hi selen,

A stunning capture of these two beautiful birds the details in both are amazing, wonderful colours, exposure and composition all perfect as is the framing, just superb, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-30 6:04]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot of these two elegant looking birds in their natural habitat. Great moment captured with skill and precision. Very neat and sharp image with superb handling of light and exposure. Looks majestic. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-01 7:32]

Hello Selen, that's a wonderful capture, you got it at just the right time, perfect focus and composition, well done, thanks!


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-04 22:48]

What a magnificent and interesting capture here Selene...Leave alone seeing them, i had n'ver know of the existence of Jabirus.

Lovely documentation of this Jabiru with its catfish prey.The posture and action looks great and the details on the bird is clearly picked up.The bird really has some peculair colours on its body.The far away green background the marsh land provides a great environment.And the habitat looks complete with yet another species..the Great Egret joining the Jabiru in the composition.

Good use of natural light and perfect exposure of the white on the egret.Excellent DoF making this a nice composition.Well done.
TFS & Cheers

Wow, fantastica questa foto! Con due soggetti "incastonati" tra di loro! Complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hi Selen,

I really love this pic, great photo... well done. tfs. Stev

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