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Copyright: sadegh samandi (samandi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 17 N: 28] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 28-300mm Eq.(built-in)
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-23 12:56
Viewed: 3675
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
** Flamingo **

Flamingos filter-feed on brine shrimp. Their oddly-shaped beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they eat, and are uniquely used upside-down. The filtering of food items is assisted by hairy structures called lamellae which line the mandibles, and the large rough-surfaced tongue. The flamingo's characteristic pink colouring is caused by the Beta carotene in their diet. The source of this varies by species, but shrimp and blue-green algae are common sources; zoo-fed flamingos may be given food with the additive canthaxanthin, which is often also given to farmed salmon. Flamingos produce a "milk" like pigeon milk due to the action of a hormone called prolactin (see Columbidae). It contains more fat and less protein than the latter does, and it is produced in glands lining the whole of the upper digestive tract, not just the crop. Both parents nurse their chick, and young flamingos feed on this milk, which also contains red and white blood cells, for about two months until their bills are developed enough to filter feed.


Model: FinePix S9600
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/260
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 3610/100 mm
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 135 kb

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Ciao Sadegh, lovely Flamingo in nice pose with wonderful light and colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Holidays to you, ciao Silvio

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-24 1:00]

Hello Sadegh,
what a wondeful capture of this beautiful
Great colours
Have a wonderful day

Hello Sadegh
I like the perspective you've chosen for this image


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-24 4:09]
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Salaam Sadegh,
a nice shot from behind giving the idea of the habit of this big bird.
Well exploited shot, but you amputate its leg.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-31 8:15]

Hi Sadegh,thanks a lot for this fantastic pic,i whish you all the best for a new year and thanks for your great 2008's gallery,Luciano

hi Sadegh

As I am a newer comer than you, I am sure you have more interesting posts on TN.

It is a bit sad that we do not find flamingo in Sarawak, perhaps Borneo island is not on the flight path.

For me flamingo is a very elegant bird with the long legs sometimes lifted on one and with its long neck, perhaps the color of the body is the beauty of its feathers.

In this shot, I can perhaps see some flaws [I have to give honest opinion]

.leg of bird is cropped away
.2nd bird is cropped halfway
.1st bird is best placed off center

I would say you will get a good shot if the light can be falling directly on the 1st bird and give you good focus. But it may be difficult to expose for this light+shadow condition. If you have a chance, shoot flamingos again, they are really very good subjects for photography.

I also note you have done some very good workshops and that is a good way to improve skills. Good work and hope to see more interesting posts from you from Iran.

Greetings from Borneo/Malaysia.
tfs, bill

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