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African Spoonbill


African Spoonbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-30 12:36
Viewed: 3361
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at the "Klein Okevi" waterhole in the Etosha National Park. This waterhole was fast drying up therefore the muddy appearance of the water. The black spots on the side of the bird are "gaint" mosquitoes. I had to wind down my window, take a few shots and close the window again for a few times.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

African Spoonbill {Platalea alba}

The African Spoonbill is a long legged wading bird. Its body is mostly white, except for its red legs, face, and bill. Easily identifiable by its uniquely spoon-shaped bill, the African Spoonbill is born with a short beak, that gradually develops into its spoon-like shape. It usually resembles a spoon right before it is time to leave its nest. Male and female birds are similar in appearance.

The African Spoonbill is a shy and alert bird, usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed. This bird travels by flight. It flies with its neck and legs extended, while flapping its wings steadily in the air. The African Spoonbill feeds by fishing in shallow water. It fishes for its food by swinging its open bill from side to side in the water. Its bill acts as a hooked tool to catch its food.

Quick Facts

Name: Platalea alba
Size: Height: 90 cm, Wing: 365-403 mm long.
Diet Description: Fish and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans or shellfish, insects, larvae, and molluscs.

Habitat: The African Spoonbill usually resides by shallow inland waters. Habitat includes river banks, lake shores, marshes, plains, savannas and swamps.
Distribution: The African Spoonbill is commonly found in several of countries in the southern part of Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

Socialisation: The African Spoonbill is a shy and alert bird, usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed. This bird travels by flight. It flies with its neck and legs extended, while flapping its wings steadily in the air. The African Spoonbill feeds by fishing in shallow water. It fishes for its food by swinging its open bill from side to side in the water. Its bill acts as a hooked tool to catch its food. .

Reproduction: The African Spoonbill usually breeds in colonies from late March through September. The female may lay 3-5 eggs during the month of April or May. It lays its eggs mostly in a nest platform of sticks or reeds in a tree near water, but its nest can also be found in swamp reeds, among rocks, marsh plants, or cliffs. These nests are either near the ground or in trees over water. The inside of the nest is often lined with leaves. The egg is incubated for up to 29 days by both parents. Hatchlings are cared for by both parents for 20-30 days. Soon after, the young birds are ready to leave the nest. They begin to fly after another four weeks.

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gorgeous capture Carl. Good evening. Please, just go to Image>Adjustments>Curves in Photoshop, click on Auto and see the difference !Hope you like it...I am still not sure which variant has greater impact, the original is quite special in my opinion!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-30 23:37]

Bonjour Carl
Belle image de ce palmipède. Belle composition et bonne netteté.
Félicitations à vous.
Amitiés
Serge

Hallo Carl
You have some lovely bird images in your portfolio, this spoonbill being one of them. This is a bird which I have not yet photographed successfully. This is a beautiful image, with some interesting factors. One being the fact that the water is filled with all kinds of bits and pieces of what seems to be mud and grass, yet the mirror image of the bird is very clear and well seen. I also find your note interesting, especially the part of the mosquitoes. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna
ps. I still owe you an email or two and will get there soon.

Hi Carl,
perfect photo of this bird. Great portrait. Nice colours. Interesting reflections in water. Amazing composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-31 2:54]

Hello Carl,
another fantastic capture with great sharpness and splendid light. Excellent comosition and very nice colours.
Thanks for sharing
Enrico

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely African Spoonbill, fascinating reflections, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-31 8:52]

Hello Carl,
Excellent photo of this African Spoonbill in very beautiful warm colours. Good sharpness, details and a pleasing composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Carl,
Splendid capture of a very nice bird. The colors, details and sharpness are wonderful.
Great composition and image taken from a very good POV.
Marius.

hello Carl
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Carl
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hello Carl,
A beautiful capture of this bird caught from a good POV with great sharp details and nice colours. I also like the pose of the bird, water reflexion and light. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-11-01 11:55]

Hi Carl.
Thanks for chance to meet you here, read your amazing intro info and watch amazing shots. Superb image of the bird in all aspect. Nice framing (mirror reflections in the water is nice as the main subject), details of the bird and surroundings are ultimate, warm lights and colours are fine as well as exposure. My compliments and TFS. Thanks also for kind comments to my last post.
Alexei.

Hi Carl,
Excellent POV and exposure
Great sharpness and composition.
A great spoonbill shot.
Jurek

Hi Carl,
A very nice captured of this Spoonbill, beautiful lighting, very well exposure and good details sharpness,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,
Bungbing.

Hello Carl,
fantastic capture. sharp detail, nice colours and lighting. Very beautiful the moment captured and the subject. regards Paolo

WOW Boet great image of this beautiful African Spoonbill. You even have a bit of catch light in the eye and I like the reflection in the muddy water. Excellent boet!
Lovies

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-02 14:23]

Hi Carl!
Excellente capture. Great focus and fine details.
Splendid light and nice reflections.
Well done:congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Carl,

an vey nice image from this bird with good low pov and srazor sharpness.
Fine warm colors and reflections.

Gert

Bonjour Carl,
Bonne valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumière avec une judicieuse utilisation du reflet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Ciao Carl. Interesting scenographic taken. Wonderful light, amazing colours.

Roberto

Hi Carl,

The reflections on the water are asssets to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the African Spoonbill. The colors are enhanced by the quality of the light. Have a nice day.

Pierre

Hello Carl

WOW ! an excellent and very beautiful photo
of the African Spoonbill and his reflection
on the water, with a very fine POV,
superb focus sharpness and details, TFS

Asbed

Hi Carl,
Probably the colors turned to yellow direction a little more than imho the optimal, but the visual impact is still fantastic! Excellent composition and exposure, nice details, and a lovely image overall. I depleted my workshop options for today, so I shall post my version tomorrow.
Tfs, best regards, László

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