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Sacred Grandparent

Sacred Grandparent
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, 40-49 Points (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-11 4:45
Viewed: 4393
Points: 44
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Sacred Ibis
Threskiornis aethiopicus

I am still struggling with the in-flight shots but this is my best so far. I know that the one wing is a bit bright but I posted it none the less. The story below is not my own work, but I liked it a lot. I got it from the web a long time ago. I can’t remember where, sorry for not giving proper credit to the author.

The young bird was mostly white with a black head and neck. She had long skinny legs and a long bill that curved downward. She waded in the shallow water, carefully lifting one foot, and then setting it back down so slowly that she did not even stir up the muddy bottom. Then she saw a shape moving through the water, a juicy fish. She was about to catch the fish in her mouth, when she saw another bird out of the corner of her eye.

A soft voice said, "Go ahead and catch your fish." She recognized her grandfather's voice.
The fish was still there in front of her. She caught the fish with a quick lunge with her beak. She pulled her head out of the water. The fish struggled in her mouth. She mumbled, because of the fish in her mouth, "Woo yoo lye suh uh my fih?" What she meant was, "Would you like some of my fish?" She said that to her grandfather. She felt sorry for her grandfather, as he was probably too slow and weak to catch a fish of his own.

Here grandfather understood her mumbling, as he was used to listening to birds with fish in their mouths. "No, you earned your fish. When you are through eating, there is something I want to show you."

She gulped down the fish, which was still struggling as it slid down her throat. And she followed her grandfather over toward a large stone building. Her grandfather asked, "Have you heard of the Sacred Ibis?"

She nodded, "Yes. But I don't know what it is." Her grandfather pointed his wing at the wall of the building. There on the wall was an ancient egyptian word.

She said, "That bird looks like me, except that the legs are a little short."
Her grandfather said, "Yes. I used to look like that. That is the name of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth. That word was written 3000 years ago."

"Am I a Sacred Ibis?"

"We are. It is the name of our species."

"Are we gods?"

"No, I don't think so. And I think I would have noticed that kind of thing. But we do have a proud history. So do these people around us. They are the descendants of kings."

She saw some children, playing in the dirt.
They walked back to the water. She looked around for some more fish. And she was thinking about history, and gods, and kings. And she had gained some respect for her grandfather.

She heard a splash, behind her. Her grandfather mumbled, "Woo yoo lye suh uh my fih?"

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-11 4:50]

Ha ha...you did it and you did it in style. Congratulations, Gerhard. Composition is great and the focus is sharp in all hte right places and the sky was in your favour. Well done. Great note too!

Great Gerhard, both the picture and the note.
The right wing is as you mention a bit OE, but it's not disturbing in this case.
Very good composition, sharpness and colours.
Very ewll done.

BTW. Try your ext.tubes with your new great IS lens, I think it will work fine.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-11 5:11]

Great story and great shot :-) Very clear picture with excellent composition. Yes, wing IS little blurred but who cares? This is superb post.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-11 5:16]

Good tale Gerhard. Wow, look at the Ibis flying over head. Good compo and colours. Well done.

Wow...Such a graceful creature, so well captured.
Makes Concorde look blunt.
This is supersonic Gerhard.
An interesting anecdote too.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • kazan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 36] (158)
  • [2005-02-11 6:34]

Gerhard, what a great shot! I wonder if you "cought the fish"...??? Also, the best note ever read here!!! Panos

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-11 6:38]

One wing may be a bit too bright, but this is a great picture anyway. What a great looking bird! Ha! Well done!

Fantastic shot Gerhardt,
This is a very differcult one and you have capture it so good dat the pof is perfect for the details of the head, very good colours, cool shot, I like it, very good job

Gerhard, Great in-flight! Like the POV & the red markings visible from this angle..Great anecdote but the punch line eluded my for a second..not awake yet..Thought it was in your native tonque at first until I realized it was just a "mouthful"!! ;-)) Well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-11 8:30]

Félicitation pour cette prise, la lumière du soleil sur l'oiseau en vol nous laisse voir beaucoup de détails dans le plumage et aussi on voit une aile en dessus et un n'autre en dessous. Même en vol et de loin la mise au poin est bien fait sur le visage de l'oiseau le regard et le long bec est nette. Bonne photo avec beaucoup de détails pour le répertorier. Merci pour l'envoi.

Just perfect! Nothing to add!
20 ponts :-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-11 9:11]

Gerhard, nice composition to show us this beautiful bird. I had never seen it. As usual, perfect sharpness. Great DOF and contrast. To me, the OE wing is not a problem.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-11 10:21]

Very good Gerhard. Please pat yourself on the back. This is as good as any. Great detail and nice action shot. very well done

It is not bad at all for you first steps in in-flight shots, I dont even dare to try :DDD
Beautiful shot and cute note. I enjoyed very much. Thanks.

The most striking part of this shot is IMO the global shape formed by the different curves starting from the beak to all parts of the body and wings. Also, black trailing edges and wings tips contribute to the photogenic quality, specially on this blue sky. The beak makes it look a bit like a prehistoric bird! Very good catch on the spot, Gerhard.

Very nice Gerhard,
Nice tale to go with a great shot.
Excellent in flight capture.
Thanks for posting

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-11 13:35]

Great shot Gerhard. Nice pose. Good colors and sharpness. Good note as usual. Good job.



Not bad at all for a "struggling" one :)
Very good catch with good exposure eccept for the white on the wing it is 'too white', but I think it is because of the post processing.

Great story :)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-12 11:12]

Personal assessment of the photo: great
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: complete
You did a great work.
Good week-end, Gerhard.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-12 13:51]

Kry vir jou 40! Mooi gedoen met hierdie skoorsteenveër! ANd a nice note too! Love it, TFS, and the on the wing pic are just improving, great!

Very good post, unusual pose. Very nice details.
Well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-02-21 5:23]

amazing flight shot! the bird is great. Nice composition, details, focus.

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