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African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-05-16 12:28
Viewed: 882
Points: 12
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African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)

Recently, I've captured this 'African Spoonbill' at Marieval Bird Sanctuary, early in the morning. Although I have posted this bird before in its flight mode, but it was my wish list to capture it while it is static. This bird was sitting behind a bush in the marshland and to get its clear picture, I stood in the water, hiding myself as much as I can because this bird is very nervous. It was a challenge to get proper exposure and details on its plumage due to its colour.

This species is widespread across South Africa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦, Madagascar πŸ‡²πŸ‡¬, including Botswana πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ό, Kenya πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ, Mozambique πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ώ, Namibia πŸ‡³πŸ‡¦ and Zimbabwe πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-05-16 12:58]

Hi Srikumar,another time a masterwork,the perfect exposure is useful to see the best white and details of plumage,i like a lot the decentralized composition to have a nice view on the habitat warmed by the light of sun,not a rare species but always nice to see,i seen in Madagascar me too this bird,but digital cameras did not exist..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely African Spoonbill in nice pose, fascinating reflections, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Srikumar

Great shot with very fine POV and framing obtaining
an expressive eye-contact, great ficus, sharpness, details, TFS


Sri this is a beauty of a bird with the great red eyes
i like the bird gr lou

Hi Sri,
Fantastic photo from you again, excellent composition, exposure, sharpness, colors. Perfect details on the white plumage, and very spectacular morning lights. Majestic shot. Bravo.
Kind regards, LΓ‘szlΓ³
PS: Thanks very much for your critique on my 'Coastal HDR' shot and offering your help, I answered there.

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the African Spoonbill. The lightb is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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