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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica, Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-03 4:04
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is a wading bird of the family Threskiornithidae. It is a mainly resident breeder in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf coast of the USA. We saw them in both Belize and Costa Rica, though they were not common and very difficult to approach.

I know the light wasn’t in the greatest position when I took this shot, but I also think it highlights the beautiful pink plumage this species has.

The Roseate Spoonbill inhabits freshwater wetlands where they feed on aquatic invertebrates, frogs and small fish. They have a 1.4m (53 in) wingspan and stand 700mm (28 in).

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-03 4:10]

Hi Chris, i actually think the light was in a great postion. It's given you that wonderful backlight through the Rose coloured feathers and contrasted agains the blue sky makes for quite a striking shot. Nice sharp focus and composition.

I think the light source play an important role in bringing out the unique pattern of the wing despite the not so sharp DOF from the head. Nice and wonderful shot indeed.
Best regards,

A fine, in-flight capture of this spoonbill with perfectly back-lighted wings Chris, the sharply in-focus image's colours are beautifully reproduced here, against the azure blue of the contrasting sky. TFS indeed!

Hi Friend Chris,
An superb capture of this beautifully coloured Roseate Spoonbill in-flighth with nice detail, wonderful DOF and POV my friend. Great capture indeed. TFS.


Hello Chris, wonderful action shot! TFS and regards,

You are totally right about the light Chris.
Not the best of to show each and every detail on the belly, neck and bill of the bird, but great to show all very beautiful details in the pink feathers of the wings.
Sharpness and composition are very good.
Contrast between the deep blue sky color and the beautiful pink of the feathers is great.
Very well done.TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi Chris,
Superb and splendid capture in all respects! TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-03 9:14]

Hi Chris,

The light showing thru the wings is fantastic. The different shades of pink are magnificent. You caught this Spoonbill in flight very well. Quite a sight against the nice blue sky.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-04-03 10:30]

hi chris,
superb picrture..
had nnever seen this bird..great inflight shot.

Hallo Chris,

good light and much details on the wings from this bird.
Beautiful colors.
Regards Gert

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-03 12:05]

hello Chris
good timing and good capture of this beautiful spoonbill while its flying
i like dynamic composition, POV, colours and details of wings

Hi Chris,
Superb capture of this flying (but frozen!) sponnbill. Great capture! TFS.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-04-03 18:13]

Such a beautiful image of this spoonbill in flight. The backlight is great, it's challenging to photograph, but you did it so well, it actually works for you instead of against you.
It illuminated and brightened up the color of the feathers. Great sharpness and clarity, Colors and light are well balance, adequate saturation and contrast. Composition is just perfect. Love it.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-03 18:43]

Hi Chris
Wonderful inflight action shot
Lovely color and light
tfs jon

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-04 8:54]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding in-flight shot and I like the glowing colours on the plumage due to skilfull use of backlighting. Very impressive sharpness and a fine pose captured with a fine DOF and a well chosen POV. The blue sky acts as a fantastic BG and which contrasts well with the pink Spoonbill. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-04 9:28]

Hello Chris,
A really beautiful in-flight of a Roseate Spoonbill. The lighting makes the pink glow against the blue sky and I like the wing position and composition and the spoonbill show up with good sharpness.
A very attractive image and thanks for sharing it.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-06 21:37]

Hello Chris,
Pink on blue! Very colourful.
Fantastic ib flight shot.
Liked the wing position captured. good focus, POv and DOF.
Nice colours and contrats.
Thanks for the share,

Hello chris
You cant plan the light and the bird flying at the right time..I persoanlly like the light a lot here..It has given superb illuminated feather detail with the wonderful colours..its a great inflight in my honest opinion.
Best Regards

HI Chris

Awesome colours on this fellow's wing. I think the light worked well for you here! Thanks for sharing, it is a great shot! I liked your note too.

very nice colours! nice composition and pov

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