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African Spoonbills

African Spoonbills
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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: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-10 11:46
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A photo from my archive of African birds in flight, because tomorrow I fly to Gambia. This photo is taken out of a small boat in 2010 when I was in Senegal and Gambia.

The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a long-legged wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar, including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

It lives in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds. They usually don't share colonies with storks or herons. The African Spoonbill feeds in shallow water, and fishes for variousfish, molluscs, amphibians, crustaceans, insects[ and larvae. The animal uses its open bill to catch foods by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which catches foods in its mouth. Long legs and thin, pointed toes enable it to walk easily through varying depths of water.

The African Spoonbill is almost unmistakable through most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its red legs and face and long grey spatulate bill. It has no crest, unlike the Common Spoonbill. Immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

The African Spoonbill begins breeding in the winter, which lasts until spring. The spoonbill's nest, generally located in trees above water, is built from sticks and reeds and lined with leaves. Three to five eggs are laid by the female birds, usually during the months of April or May. The eggs are incubated by both parents for up to 29 days, and upon hatching the young birds are cared for by both parents for around 20 to 30 days. The birds are ready to leave the nest soon afterward, and begin flying after another four weeks.

The African Spoonbill is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

See you at the end of this month.

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Hello Peter,
An exceptional composition with this three birds flying side by side....Perfect catch
A top quality capture.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-10 14:07]

Hi Peter,a beautiful memory of your trip in Senegal,this park is full of opportunities and this is just one,great timing and very good quality too despite the distance and the fast mouvement.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Gem of a flight picture from your archives, Peter.
The synchronized movement of the birds in flight is well composed.
Looking forward to fresh images from your visit.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2016-01-11 10:07]

Hi Peter.
What a brilliant subject. Timing and framing of the scene are the best. My warm regards and compliments.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-11 11:16]

Hi Peter,
Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Fantastic squadron.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Peter
super mooie opname
goed van scherpte en je ziet alles
nog even dan zijn de lepelaars bij ons er ook weer
gr lou

Hi Peter
Nice capture of these Spoonbills from the boat. It can be a challenge taking pictures from a boat since it's not always steady. I like your composition with the white spoonbills against the blue sky.
TFS Janice

Hello Peter

Have a good and safe travel, great in-flight shot of these African Spoonbills,
fine POV, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, from their flight poses
we can feel their flight speed, TFS


Pracht opname Peter,met zulke lichtomstandigheden kan niet veel fout gaan.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-12 15:16]

Hello Peter,
You have done a fine job of photographing this lovely trio of spoonbills. Pin sharp focus with wings fully opened and showing excellent detail. Perfect white balance rendering true and natural colors. The clear blue sky makes a wonderful BG.

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