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Copyright: Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 2 N: 70] (268)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.4, Digital ISO 200, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ibis (family Threskiornithidae), Interacting birds, Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 16:40
Viewed: 4556
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first and last posting on TN was more than a year ago. Here we go again.....

Photo taken at the Monte Casino Bird Gardens in Johannesburg.

The scarlet ibis is a vivid scarlet bird (50 cm) with a curved bill.

The red ibises live in large groups and fly in V-formation from their roosts to their feeding grounds. Between the normal green color of the landscape they contrast splendidly. The young are brown with a white rump and belly.

The ibises feed in shallow waters along the coast, in the mud flats and in the lagoons. As is known from the zoo, they have to eat a lot of shrimps to retain their color. They sleep in large groups in the mangrove trees along the coast, together with herons.

The ibises breed in young mangroves and if not enough of these trees are found in Suriname, the birds fly away to breed on the coast of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana or Brazil. In Trinidad they are protected as the the national bird of that island.

I found it extremely difficult to get a good shot of these bright red birds. It is easy to completely overexpose the bright colors, and this shot was taken at -1.0 EV.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-10 17:12]

Waoh, what a splendid colour red. Beautiful birds. well done well groetjes Lia come concerning this photograph

Hi Henry:
These Scarlet Ibis are very beautiful. I have them seen them here in Florida, but never this vibrantly coloured.
I like the composition very much with the birds feeding. It's nice and sharp and colourful. Very good job!

  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2005-10-10 20:05]

Hello Henry !

Tanks to you sharing this kind of beauty ! Great colors !

Do'nt wait an other year for posting your next one !


Donald L.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-10 20:46]

Hi Henry,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Hope you post more here and become more active.


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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-10-11 0:38]

Eclatant ces Ibis rouges. Je n'en ai jamais vu en milieu naturel. J'espère qu'un jour l'occasion m'en sera donné.

Thank you.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-11 2:28]

Hello Henry!
Wonderful capture.I liked colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-11 4:14]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting Ibis that you have well captured ! Their red color is incredible ! Congratulations Henry and nice to see you again...

Hi Henry,
Very beautiful ibis!
The colour and details are excellent.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-11 6:28]

I think you did a good job. The details are sharp and the composition is nice. To get rid of the very bright red color, you could have desaturated the picture a little in photoshop. Anyway, well done & TFS!


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-11 14:23]

henry je bent terug.
hartelijk welcome back, nice to see you again mijn vriend.
Long time ago. You start with a nice shot, great composition, very good in pov, very nice to look at. Good job.
gr. Jaap

Great to see another post. I waited a year to see it. ;)

You show great exposure control. I tend to shy away from these situations or underexpose and losing that nice red color you got. The compo works very well given the bunch of birds and makes the main subject stand out. Very well done.

These Ibisses are one of my favourite birds and I hope you don't mind but I have added the photo to my theme.

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