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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: 2007-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flamingoes, Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-21 5:42
Viewed: 4157
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber

The flamingos live in lagoons, especially salt lakes, where there is lots of mud and water. The depth of the water is especially important. Some flamingos nest in the same nest every year; others probably don't.

Flamingos breed during the months of March and July 14th. They form long-term pair bonds, but there is probably considerable extra-pair mating. During mating, the male tucks his legs under the females wings. Nests are constructed of mud, 25 cm high and 35-40 cm across. The female lays one egg, which she and the male incubate for one month. During incubation, flamingos straddle the nest, placing their long legs on either side of it. The egg is elongate, chalky white and the yolk is blood red. The babies are born grey with a straight bill, the upper mandible with a slight hook. For up to two months, the parents produce a special "crop milk" that they feed to their young. This crop milk is primarily fat and protein, and is initially dark red. The young are agile, good at running and swimming.

Flamingos are social creatures, living and breeding in very large colonies.

Food Habits
Flamingos use their long legs to stir up mud. They then use their beaks to strain food out of the muddy mixture. They eat diatoms, seeds, blue-green algae, a few crustaceans, and molluscs. They feed during the day and the night.
(source: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology)

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Hi Selene,
What a glorious shot!
You must have been so happy when saw the picture in your computer.
Your timing was the proper one, as well as the focus and exposure.
The sharp details are so enjoyable here!
I like very much the subtle pink hues on the feathers behind the wings.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-21 6:02]

Hello Selen,
What a brilliant capture of this looong Flamingo! Excellent timing and the whole bird is beautifully in focus. Very sharp details and beautiful colours too. It looks really good against the green mottled background. Very clever shot!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-21 6:22]

Nice one Selene!
Great in-flight of a juvenile Greater Flamingo.
I can't fault thisone and I especially like the timing and wing position as well as the sharpness and lighting. The OOf natural BG really sets it off.
Well done and thanks!

Hi Selen,
Wow... simply perfect!
A true painting! Rare capture!
Excellent exposure, colors and sharpness.
Congratulations for the splendid POV.
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-21 6:32]

Hi Selen.
What a length. What a size. What an amazing scene and impressive quality of the picture. The bird, wings position, colour reproduction and sharpness are great. The BG is so fine, nicely coloured and blurred. All in all perfect shot and my compliments.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-21 6:52]

Hi Selen

Do i need to say it...because i think it's kinds obvious: if not THE, definitely one of the best flamingo in-flight on TN!
My compliments for such an impeccable shot!
I mean everything here is just how a photographer would like it to be.
Crispy clear details from head to toe, wonderfully frozen wings, exceptional textuers, colors and patterns in the plumage, a great blurry BG bringing out the subject even more and spot-on exposure for the white parts of the bird's body.
Absolutely stunning really!

Bravo and TFS

perfect portrait, TFS Ori

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-21 6:55]

Hello Selene
With no doubt you are a great bird's photographer. How magnificent captures you make! To capture this flamingo flying in all his length is really amazing. I love those wings with pinkish plumes in the underside. Magnificent details and really great composition.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-21 7:18]

Hello Selen,
a wonderful capture of this flying flamingo.
The sharpness is impeccable and there is so much detail.
Great composition aswell.
Superb DOF.
Very well done,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-21 7:26]

Hi Selen,
Beautiflly caught in perfect position :)
excellent DOF & exposure and lovely colors
Great work

Hello Selen,
I do enjoy the flight:-)
Composition, background, moment, details, sharpness, colours...whatever: excellent!

Hi Selen,
I won't repeat all the good that has already been written, but I completly agree that it's a perfect shot!
Well done, Mike

Hello Selen
This is a fantastic picture..To keep the flamingo in sharp focus from the tip of the beak to the toe is amazing work..the way you have panned the shot has created a fantastic BG which really highlights the sharpness of the subject. 11/10!!
Tfs this one
Best Regards

Merhaba Selen cok guzel yakalamisin kalite resim, net ve guzel kompo tebrikler selam Necip

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-21 10:15]

Hi Selen

Great action shot - good exposure and detail.


merhaba Selen Hanım,
çekiminde en zorlandığım kuşlar filamingo ve beyaz balıkçıllar. özellikle beyaz zor renk geliyor.
Ama sizinki renkleriyle, detayıyla, açısıyla harika görünüyor. kompozisyon ve çerçeve ve de göz teması çok güzel. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-21 10:39]

Hello Selen,
Very beautiful close-up. Outstanding clear colours and great sharpness. Fantastic contrast against the beautiful BG. Great composition.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-21 11:02]

I've never seen this bird in flight, even on TV - and you show me this amazing scene. Great shot and wonderful color and detail

Wouaw Selen,
splendid capture!!!!
Perfect focus and great colors, excellent timed shot
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Bonjour Selen,superbe je n'en avais jamais vu en vol.Beau shot,les couleurs sont très belles.Bravo

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-21 15:32]

Bu gün nedense bütün Tr fotoğrafları mükemmel,
çok beğendim fotoğrafınızı, tebrikler.

heelo selen,
lovely shot of a flying flamingo,
well composed shot, nice focus, sharp image with good details, nice light, well exposed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-21 19:18]

Hello Selen

Just marking the post for now


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-21 20:44]

Hello Selen,
WOW, amazing inflight capture with fantastic details and colors thanks for the great job.

Merhaba Selen,
This is a true beauty well captured by your hand!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
I loved it very much and TFS
always with you

I am impressed by anyone who can pan so successfully. You managed to stop the action perfectly. He stands out so well against that lovely out of focus background. Excellent work!

Evelynn : )

Beautiful Selene
Great POV-so close.
Wonderful sharp detail and color
great BG, well done

Hello Selen,
Ex cellent in-flight capture!
The details are amazing, DOF spot on...
A well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-21 23:42]

Hola Selen,
gran captura, excelente foco,
color y sensacional encuadre...
buen disparo,

A lovely capture of this bird with fully wings opened. Well captured with good POV.
Best wishes,

Hi Selene

Great shot.
Nothing to flaw in this one, perfection

Great work, well done.


Bravo Selen! This has gorgeous colour and fine sharpness. Your capture of wings is done with perfect shutter speed. I also like the DOF. TFS> You have a nice weekend and be safe:)

Hello Selen,
Very nice inflight action, the flamingo's inflight pose with that long neck and legs looks cool :)
Great POV, exposure, detail, color, and soft BG.
Well done!

Hello Selen,
This is one of the impeccable shots on TN.
What an amazing shot you present here!
Very excellent pose of this Flamingo, with superb details and focusing.
Also, very nice POV & composition here.
Well presented with informative note as well.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-23 5:26]

Hello Selen, very good in-flight shot, sharp and well exposed. Very good background and the colors are very natural. Thanks !


Hola Selen,
Fantástica toma, con la dificultad que entraña el encuadre y enfoque al vuelo, te ha quedado excelente con gran nitidez, luminosidad y fondo, saludos
José Ramón

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-11-28 12:15]

Merhaba Selen
Kanat detayları çok güzel
Zamanlama çok iyi
Arka plan da hoş
İyi çalışmalar

bonjour selen
je suis revenu un peu en arriere dans votre galerie parce qu'on ne vois pas souvent le flamand sur TN et encore moins en vol.
bravo il n'y a rien a redire sur cette photo.
bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.

Selen merhaba , Juvenile ama pembelikler oluşmaya başlamış , oldukça yakından ve detaylı çekmişsin , güzel olmuş , tebrikler .

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