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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 400, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-23 14:34
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I took this Yellow-Billed Stork on the Pilaansberg Nature reserve at the Mankwe Dam. It was early morning and he was ready for breakfast, as can be seen by the little fish in his beak. More about this interesting bird:

Scientific Name:
Mycteria ibis

Geographical Range:
Tropical East Africa; Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar

Aquatic habitats, including shallow lakes, mud flats, coastal lagoons and meadows.

Feeds on crustaceans, small fish, frogs, insects and worms.

Conservation Status:

Yellow-Billed Stork in breeding colors.
It is interesting that during the breeding season these storks display feathers with a tinge of the same pink color that can be seen in their relatives, the Roseate Spoonbills. This is evident in this image as well

Physical Description:
Adult male yellow-billed storks have a smooth forehead and their face is orangey-red. Their bills are long and thick at the base. It is also slightly curved at the tip and bright yellow, hence their name. Their necks are also long and slender and grayish white. The rest of their body including their back, belly and breast is solid white with a small hint of pink on the tips of their feathers. Their tail and wing quills are black The yellow-billed storks legs vary from a dark red to a light pink color and are long and skinny. Its hard to believe that their legs can support their plump, round bodies. The female storks are a lot like the male storks, however the females are smaller.

Social Organization::
The yellow-billed storks do not flock in large social groups. These storks do not socialize much with one another either. These wading birds like to isolate themselves in swamps, muddy rivers and other large areas of shallow, marshy waters. These birds move around slowly and deliberately. The yellow-billed storks are extremely inactive, they rest and feed for most of the day.

Special Adaptations:
The yellow-billed storks have remarkable adaptation. These birds are know to have the quickest muscular reflex of the neck, allowing almost all food to be caught in the water. Their long, narrow, curve tipped bills allow them only to catch small prey such as small fish, frogs, insects and worms passing by in the water. Yellow-billed storks are intelligent birds. These birds created a technique to help them catch more prey in the water. They typically use one foot to stir up the water or mud which disturbs and flushes out the prey. Then they submerge their heads quickly in the water snapping their bills on small prey. Yellow-billed stork’s bills are great fishing tools

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 332mm
F Stop: F/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
ISO: 400
Tripod: No
Flash: Off Camera TTL
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: Sunshine

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  • Great 
  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-12-23 14:44]

Beautiful composition,beautiful bird.

Wish I could see one those beautiful bird once in my life. Very good colour saturation and sharpness. Maybe would have benefit from a lower POV?

Hi Japie. I'm impressed by the bill showing these rich red and orange colors together, with the orange eyelid in the red. Even at 332mm focal lenght, you look very close to this chap, and it gives a very natural feeling to your shot. A very attractive and elegant bird.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-23 17:24]

Very beautiful bird, well captured here Japie.
Very good npost. Well done

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-23 18:15]

WOW...really cool Ibis! And a terrific shot as usual, Japie! Color and exposure and focus are great. Love that fish in it's mouth too!

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-23 18:47]

Next beauty from your gallery. I love pictures taken in natural environment.Super colors and details.You are lucky man living in beautiful and warm country.Yesterday we had snowstorm.2 days ago wind chill was -38 C.
Thanks for posting.
best regards

Nice colour, and well timed image, I like it.

Great catch for you, somewhat smaller for the ibis, that little fish will probably not suffice for his daily intake of calories ;-))
Good POV, sharpness and colours.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-23 19:18]

Well seen, Japie.
I agree with René por the POV, but still a good one.
A very relevant note.

As said elsewhere, beautiful composition, color, and focus. Lovely photo.

Brilliant action shot, so wonderfuly sharp and the plumage colours have been handled so very well. The composition is great. This is a really good bird shot Jappie, a favourite.

Great shot Japie.
Very good colours, excellent details, composition
and note.
Great work.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-12-23 23:58]

Beautiful Nimmersat, nice pose, the water looks great too.
Nice contrast between black primaries and pink back doe so voort!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note: ***

Very good shot, great colors.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-24 6:13]

Pros: beautiful bird, composition, pose, moment, details, note
Cons: none

Great work Japie!

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-24 14:28]

Love the colors and the composition of the shot. The sharpenn is very good.
You capture the breakfast time!

Excellent shot, Japie. You really caught him in the act of having breakfast!! Pragtige werk!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-04 10:54]

nice picture. good composition.

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