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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: 2004-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, 52mm UV + Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-25 3:55
Viewed: 3460
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae)

Pinkish white to vermilion wading birds with extremely long necks and legs. The thick bill is bent sharply down and lined with numerous lamellae for straining food.

Food - Small mollusks, Crustaceans, Blue-green algae

American Flamingo - Phoenicopterus ruber - An extremely slim rose-pink wading bird as tall as a Great Blue Heron but much more slender. Note the sharply bent bill or broken "Roman nose." Feeds with the bill or head immersed. In flight it shows much black in the wings; its extremely long neck is extended droopily in front and the long legs trail behind, giving the impression that the bird might easily fly backward as forward. Pale washed-out birds may be escapes from zoos as the color often fades under captive conditions. Immatures are also much paler than normal adults.

Voice - Gooselike calls, gabbling; ar-honk, etc.

Range - West Indies, Yucatan, Galapagos Is.

East - Occasional on the Florida coast; accidental elsewhere. It is difficult to determine whether vagrants are truly wild or escapes. Hialeah Race Track, Bok Sanctuary, Busch Gardens, etc., may be the sources of strays.

Habitat - Salt flats, saline lagoons.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-25 5:03]

Nice composition Pam, the pose is very good and I like the inclusiion of the leaf over the bird. The only nit is that there are the other flamingoes in the ackground which takes impact away from the featured star.

Good work and excellent note.

Ve3ry Nice shot with good focus . Looks a bit soft around the head. Nice colour compo.
Good Notes

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-25 17:30]

Nice shot Pam, The composition is good and I like the fact that the three legs seem to be in a perfect line. The whites are good as well

The sharpness and DOF is excellent.

Thanks for posting.

U captured a great pose from these beautiful birds. Nice shot with good focus.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-31 4:52]

La bellezas de estas aves hablan por sí solas.
Bonita composicion vertical, con adecuado DOF y un colorido y agudeza muy hermosos.
Las 3 patas en linea conforman un detalle muy llamativo.
(puntos otro día)

The beauties of these birds speak by themselves.
Pretty vertical composition, with suitable DOF and very beautiful colorful and a sharpness.
The 3 legs in line conform a very showy detail.
(points another day)

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