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Saddlebill Stork

Saddlebill Stork
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikkor 200-400mm f4 VR II
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-18 8:07
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
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Geographical Range: Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: Rivers, lakes, swamps
Scientific Name: Ephippiorynchus senegalensis
Conservation Status: Common

The saddlebill stork is one of the largest and most spectacular species of storks. Its long legs and upturned beak help this wading bird catch fish, frogs, and insects in shallow freshwater marshes.

The stork reaches adult size by its first birthday but does not have adult plumage until it is two years old. A male and female are thought to mate for life. The pair builds enormous treetop nests, and cooperates in sitting on the eggs and raising the chicks.

Info: http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/birds/heronsflamingosibisspoonbi/saddlebillstork/


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oh! once again... my dream cam :)
hi Paul, excellent portrait of this colourful Stork. good sharpness and exposure. just look at the eye! it's as if.. glowing!
good job.

Hello Paul,
Splendid portrait of a fantastic bird....Exceptional details, colors and very good focus. Exceptional eye contact.....Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2012-04-18 8:24]

Hello Paul,
Superb sharp detailed portrait of this Saddlebille Stork in splendid saturated colours. Fantastic contrasting background and a great choice of composition. A beauty!

Hallo Pauly
This is a super shot! The details you captured here as well as the vivid colours is super. This is a female as she has a yellow eye. I wouldn't had known it myself if I did not read about some general information about this bird on a poster. This is also an endangered species. Thanks for sharing a excellent shot. Best regards.

WOW!! Fantastic portrait Pauly! Amazing bird, beautiful pose, excellent composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

Ciao Paul, fantastic portrait of lovely stork, perfect fiocus on eye, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and superb sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5802 W: 89 N: 14912] (62518)
  • [2012-04-18 9:10]

Hi Paul,this is a spectacular portrait! What a rare and beautiful stork and what a top of perfection,vert professional light balance for the best white,super sharpness for the best details,and excellent saturation too.Very nice to see this strange beauty on the TN gallery,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-18 9:28]

Hi Paul.
Simply splendid portrait. Colours and details are ultimate. I like damped um exposure of the image, fantastic reproduction of all colour shades of the plumage and other parts of the bird. Bokeh produced by superb lens is wonderful. My compliments and TFS.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-18 9:31]

Hello Paul,
wonderful image! Great sharpness and detail; splendid colours and perfect light; beautiful eye contact and nice contrast with a blurred background. A beauty!!

hello Paul,
Incredible nose, strong, crisp colors. Nature has a vivid imagination.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 798 W: 151 N: 1186] (7452)
  • [2012-04-18 11:05]

Hi Pauly
Perfect square format!
Great colors an sharpness

Hi Paul,
An Absolute perfect portrait of the Saddle-bill Stork! Perfect sharpness and detail of the plumage and most importantly, the eye. Beautiful colour definition, POV and OOF BG. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-18 11:25]

Hello Paul.
Wow what a beauty.Excellent focus and detail.The DOF and POV are well done.The OOF BG is lovely.An amazing portrait.TFS.Best regards Siggi

hallo Paul
This is a Great sharpnesspicture
so many details and very nice composition
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

perfect face portrait, TFS Ori

OMGosh..he doesn't look REAL!!!!! Amazing is an understatement! Just awesome, OK now i have to see the rest of him!

Boa noite Paul
This is a stunning portrait..
Impressive sharpness and great close composition.Wonderful vivid colours and contrast with perfect blurred BG.Congrats!
Thank You
Kind regards

Hello Pauly

Great portrait of this exotic bird, fine POV,
wonderful warmer light, great focus sharpness & details,



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2656 W: 278 N: 4873] (19674)
  • [2012-04-18 20:40]

Hello Pauly,
What can one say about this image except WOW!!!! Looks so real on my screen I swear I could reach out and touch it. A top quality image in every way. I can only dream about taking such a shot someday!!

Hello Paul,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details & sharpness. Very nicely done & TFS.



Hello Paul,
Fantastic photography.Excellent color and sharpness.Wonderful moment...


Hello Paul,
great portrait of this Saddlebill Stork with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I especially like the fascinasting yellow eye and the red beak in front of the dark green background.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Pauly,
Superbe portrait finement détaillé et délicatement coloré.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 196 W: 1 N: 486] (5308)
  • [2012-04-19 5:12]

This picture is awesome Paul! It has excellent light. The sharpness and details are perfect. The color is great, it is a very good and nice picture. I notice you've changed your camera. Congratulations and best regards.


Wow - what an superb close up of the Saddle Bill. One of my favourite birds to photograph and I am very envious. The detail and sharpness are excellent, along with the tight composition and lighting makes this a high quality post. I have one posted one Saddle Bill to date on TN (my first) and hope to get more opportunities to capture the wonderful birds in the wild.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 807 W: 0 N: 2370] (10420)
  • [2012-04-20 2:51]

Hallo Pauly,
Different and very beautiful portrait of a stork ..
I like the composition and POV. Very sharp focus and lively colours.
Best wishes,

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