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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 300mm f4.0 USM IS, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-21 14:43
Viewed: 6006
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
shoebill stork common name for a large (up to 54 in./122 cm) tall, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex. Also known as the whalehead, it is noted for its large head and unusually long and wide, many-colored bill, which ends in a hooked tip. It has broad wings and long, strong legs with large, unwebbed feet. A solitary, silent bird, the shoebill stork is native to the marshy banks of the papyrus swamps of the East African White Nile and its tributaries, where it feeds on a diet of frogs, small crocodiles, and especially lungfish and other mud puddle fish. It obtains this diet by probing the mud with its bootlike bill. Partially nocturnal, it tends to be sluggish but is nonetheless a strong flyer and soarer. In several respects, shoebills are similar to herons, e.g., they fly with their heads and necks folded back. A ground nester, the shoebill deposits its one or two chalky white eggs in a nest of grasses on a high, dry spot, where its downy young remain, helpless for some time after hatching. Shoebills are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Ciconiiformes, family Balaenicipitidae.

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Hello Pam
excellent portrait of this strange bird, the details are simply amazing, each feather of the grey plumage are well seen, very good light and beautiful blurred BG, superb 3D effect
Have a good night

Glad to see your truly professional work after a long time, Pam.
I notice it is the very fresh image you took in Germany.
Reminds me of the glory days of TN when photo artists of your calibre were active and made us novices look at your work with beady-eyed adoration.
Thanks and best regards.

Hi Pam,

Thank you for sharing this fine image of this Shoebill Stork,

Seen frequently in the DRC Africa, you have handled your exposure really well, good sharpness i like the highlight in the eye, a very good capture of this rare Bird,


Hallo Pam
I remember the 1st time I saw one of these birds on the gallery was when Manyee did a posting of one of them standing quite close to a pond of water. I was amazed by the shape of the headpart and the built of the bird, and actually it was such a comical animal to look at. Its face reminds me very much about the shoe Cinderella dropped for the prince to pick up. I must say, I am quite jealous about this bird's blue eyes, as they are really beautiful and has magnetism that draw one to look and look again. This is a fantastic portrait. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Pam,
Probably because of the grey colour, this image did not appeal to me much in thumbnail but I opened it as I am not familiar with this bird and what a nice surprise! It is just beautiful, mainly because of the great definition and the striking eye. Very well presented too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-22 2:09]

Hello Pam,
Last summer I've visited that birdpark for a few days. I made hundreds of photos there. They got amazing birds. This is one of them.
Fantastic portrait of this Shoebill Stork. Perfect sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours against a very nice blurred BG. Excellent choice of composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-22 6:58]

Fine portrait of amazing and curious looking bird, Shoebill. tfs.

Hello Pam
Impressive portrait!! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-03-22 11:16]

Beautiful the bird and the picture, I like it, good light and perfect definition in the head of the bird. Saludos, jose.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-03-24 17:08]

Hola Pam.
Nice to see You here again. This photo is just beautiful
A lot of fine details to see here.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-05-09 8:56]

Hi Pam,
What a wonderful (and comical) portrait of this shoebill stork.
It is an amazing bird to start off with,
but with those feathers sticking out on his head... It is priceless!
Great focus, exposure, and DOF.
TFS. : )

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