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African Openbill

African Openbill
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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: 2008-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 8:04
Viewed: 4989
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Between the rainshowers I photographed this bird.
The African Openbill, anastomus lamelligerus, is 81-94 cm.

A rather small, all dark stork with an ivory-horn bill which has a diagnostic wide, nutcracker-like gap between the mandibles. Adult has glossy sheen to plumage. Juvenile is duller and browner, white pale feather tips; fledges without noticeable bill gap, but this soon develops.

Freshwater lakes and dams, where it feeds mostly on snails and mussels.

Locally common intra-African migrant; breeds mostly South of the equator.

Seldom heard; croaking ‘honk’.

Source: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.

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While a good lesson in yet another aviary of which I had not heard, I can say that more than likely you did things all correctly with the photo and inconsistency in image even if slight can come from that particular lens. I had one. All things changed when I went to the Sigma and same price...then I learned the APO was the best for same focal range and cost though was 4x the money I paid for other...This particular Nikon does not feature an internal focus design as I recollect...

Beyond that it is still quite the good lesson plan Peter..

hallo peter
mooie foto
goed van kleur
ik heb deze vogel nog nooit gezien
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-12 8:37]

Hello Peter,
A great capture of an African Openbill clearly seen against the natural vegetation with good sharpness and lighting. The shape of the bill is well shown. I have only seen the Indian species and this one is new to me: new to TN?
TFS this fine and interesting image,
Best regards,

Hello Peter,
Good capture of an amazing and interesting species, African Openbill it is a species unknown for my. TFS.
Best regards, Ferran.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-12 9:46]

Hi Peter,

And another bird I have not seen before!! You certainly didn't have good luck with the weather - but it could have been worse. A wonderful view of the Openbill's open bill. He looks like he is smiling. His feather's look iridescent. It's nice to meet him in his natural habitat.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-12 10:17]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this great looking bird among the tall green grasses. Verey neat and sharp image and you portray the habitat pretty well here. Superb composition.

* Returned yesterday from a hectic Tiger Census programme inside Simlipal Tiger Reserve. Too tired and exhausted.

Hi Peter, what a strange beaked bird:) whic i have not seen before. You captured it in a fine wetland composition.
TFS and cheers MF!

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful African Openbill stork. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-12 11:38]

Hi Peter. You found some very strange looking birds on your trip . You can see where it got its name from. A unusual looking bird all round. You have taken it with your fine detail in the featehrs and natural colours. i can see the feathers has some blue and not just back. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-12 12:45]

Hello Peter.
Very nice capture of this African Openbill.Sharp image with good details, nice dof, lovely natural colours,well composed shot.
well done,
Best regards Siggi

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-12 12:58]

Merhaba Peter,
Daha önce bu kuşu hiç görmedim. Yağmurlu ve kotu ışık koşulları altında çekmiş olmanıza karşın detayları oldukça başarılı bir kare sunmuşsunuz. Emeğinize sağlık.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-12 13:17]

Hello Peter !
Great capture of a bird which I had never seen before ! He has a strange big beak. I also like the composition, the POV, the natural colors and the pose if the bird, he looks quite proud. It is nice, too, to see the bird in its natural environment, lost in the middle of water and high grasses. Very well done !

Ciao Peter, beautiful capture of strange bird with lovely details and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Peter

same thing for me, it is the first time i heard
and view of this bird, excellent photo in his natural habitat,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent sharpness
and details of this African bird, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-12 21:49]

Hi Peter.
What a cute bird you have captured at so natural scenery. Its beak is amazing as well as plumage. I like pictured moment a lot. Bird is very busy with own business. Details of the entire scene very good and we have complete idea about subject. Well done and TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-12 22:30]

Hallo Peter,

You are showing a very interesting bird in it natural surroundings. You have made a fine photo showing well the open beak ofthe bird. Despite the darck color of the plumage you have got some good color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-13 7:31]

Hello Peter,
very nice capture. POV,colors,sharpness and composition are superb.TFS:-)

Good shot and comp Peter.
Nicely seen in its wetland environment also.
Well done,

hallo Peter,

weer een vogelsoort op je lijstje.
Mooie opname en gezichtsveld op deze openbill.
Jammer dat hij niet wat lekkers in zijn snavel heeft maar ook deze mag er weer zijn.Ik zoek het wat dichter bij huis!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-13 12:19]

merhaba Peter
good capture of this interesting species with its habitat
i like composition, POV and informative note

Hi Peter.

This is an awesome shot under hash lighting between the rainshower. You have managed excellent focus and details of the bird. I like the natural soaked look and the green vegetation around it.

TFS and very well done.

hello peter,
good shot of the african openbill, i have never seen this one here, the natural vegitation looks beautiful here, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-13 20:49]

Hello This is a good shot and shot in a interesting situation. Nice sorrounding and good composition. Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-13 21:01]

Hello Peter,
What a strange looking fellow, I can diffinately see where he got his name. Thanks for sharing this colorful composition Peter.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 2:49]

Hi Peter,
a well composed shot in a beautiful mixed setting of grass and water. Lovely colours and excellent DOF too, well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-15 4:45]

Hello Peter,
Great capture of this African Openbill, a new species for me! I like your POV and the natural environment. Great focus and fine details in spite of the poor light. Beautiful plumage that reminds me of that of the Glossy Ibis.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter

This is a very good capture of an interesting bird.
Excellent detail in the beak.
Well composed in the frame.
Very good job.


Hi Peter,
Is the first time I can see this bird species, and I like to learn about new species. Maybe light conditions not helps you very much with sharpness, but´s a good and interesting image, special for identification.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-20 2:31]

Hi Peter,
I really love this very natural shot of the bill in its original surrounding. So elegance and beautiful. the black feather just spring out of the green canvas beautifully.
Excellent composition and the most striking part is its....poker face.


Hola Peter,
Magnífico retrato de este curioso pájaro que nunca lo había visto antes, buena nitidez con buenos detalles, buena iluminación, saludos
José Ramón

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