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African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill
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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, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-24 7:52
Viewed: 4776
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken from a boat.
The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. This species is a widespread resident across Africa and Madagascar.

The African Spoonbill occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons. Usually two to four eggs are laid.
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.

This spoonbill feeds on various fish, molluscs and amphibians.

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

Source: Wikipedia

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Hallo Peter,

deze lepeaar nog nooit gezien.
Mooie foto, met goede dof en detailering.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.


Hi Peter
What a great bird this lovely African Spoonbill!
Wonderful details!

Hello Peter,
Dear friend, is an honor for me, be your neighbor in TN today! ... You have a beautiful picture here, with an overwhelming dose of nature, great light and POV laudable. The bird appears to have realized that you are taking photos and watching you! ... a picture really attractive. Good job!
TFS. regards,

Hello Peter
uccello bellissimo e davvero particolare per via del suo becco davvero particolare: Ť interessante condividere certe foto con chi ha la possibilitŗ di visitare luoghi lontani e portarci tramite i propri scatti la natura di quei luoghi. Thanks

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-24 9:44]

Hi Peter,

Very nice photo of this African Spoonbill, TFS!

Goede blik in zijn/haar ogen hier


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely african spoonbill, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture taken with great details, lovely colors and good sharpness. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-24 11:21]

Hello Peter,
This is a wonderful shot, the warm rich colours are superb. Nice DOF and great focus and detail. Very nice!Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-24 15:34]

Hi Peter,you was lucky,,i visit this park many years ago but i don't rememeber this strange bird...your capture is very very nice,the best pov to understand the strange face of this spoonbill...perfect sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hallo Peter
The African Spoonbill is a beautiful bird which I never had the oppertunity to see from close by. The spoonshaped bill is very prominently seen in your image. I like the walking motion and although one cannot see its eyes the way the bird faces the camera. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Peter. Nice compo and good contrast fort this Spoonbill in dynamic pose. Interesting wild environment.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-25 3:20]

Hello Peter,
wow...what a big spoon of the beak. well seen and the features are well presented in excellent clarity and sharpness. The pose with muddy leg is very original and genuine.
Well seen composition.


Nos introduces en el Sfrica profunda con tus interesantes trabajos, todo un lujo para Tn.
Buenos colores.
Abrazo y buen fin de semana Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Peter, this is a great shot of the spoonbill. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great weekend, Bill
If you have time, check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Hello Peter,
Exceptional capture with nice details and very good composition.
I can see even the mud on the legs.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-25 13:12]

Hello Peter,
What a different a lovely bird!...
Nice colors and excellent details.TFS.

Hi Peter

Great capture of this beautiful spoonbill. Despite being in a boat, you got good sharpness and its a good composition.


Peter, first of all, many thanks for your kind words on my mediocre 1000th post. I confess I bungled on choosing my camera priorities.
This bird has earned its name well, as is evident from your great picture showing the typical shape of the bill of this bird.
This is a super action shot in which the posture of the bird clearly suggests what it is doing out there in water.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-26 21:39]

Hello Peter,
One has to be quick to take such a fine shot from a boat!
A fine capture of an adult African Spoonbill, the shape of the bill and red colours of the bill, face and legs well shown with nice sharpness and natural colours against a pleasing OOF shore BG.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Nice details and he's looking the right way :)
Lovely pose, great in the wild capture Peter..

Hallo Peter,
another very beautiful capture from Senegal, very good sharpness and great timing with a lovely posture of the bird, splendid natural colours, excellent low POW and composition
Best regards

Hello Peter
Excellent photo, natural colors, great contrast and sharpness.
Extraordinary POV
You are great!
Thanks and congratulations
Hello Vanni

Hi Peter,
Thatís a wonderful detailed capture. The natural colours and sharpness are great! I like to watch your pictures! Thanks!


Hi again Peter. This is simply awesome shot.
TFS and regards,

Good Morning Peter,

I really like your pov here, also eye contact with spoonbill! Very well composed capture!
TFS and have a nice day and WE!


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