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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Threskiornithidae (Ibises & Spoonbills) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-01 9:19
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My second posting of this bird, but this time only the portrait. The photo is taken in birdpark 'Weltvogelpark Walsrode' in Germany.

The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), sometimes separated in the monotypic genus (Ajaia) is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. It is a resident breeder in South America mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast of the United States.

The Roseate Spoonbill is 80 cm (31 in) tall, with a 120–130 cm (47–51 in) wingspan. It has long legs, a long neck, and a long, spatulate bill. Adults have a bare greenish head ("golden buff" when breeding) and a white neck, back, and breast (with a tuft of pink feathers in the center when breeding), and are otherwise a deep pink. The bill is grey. Sexes are similar.
Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. They alternate groups of stiff, shallow wingbeats with glides.

The Roseate Spoonbill nests in shrubs or trees, often mangroves, laying 2 to 5 eggs, which are whitish with brown markings. Immature birds have white, feathered heads, and the pink of the plumage is paler. The bill is yellowish or pinkish.

There is no information about predation on adults. Nestlings are sometimes killed by Turkey Vultures (which can kill even healthy nestlings), Bald Eagles, Raccoons and Fire Ants. In 2006, a banded bird 16 years old was discovered, making it the oldest known individual in the wild.

This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic beetles and bugs, frogs and newts and very small fish bigger waders ignore. In the United States a popular and easy place to observe Roseate Spoonbills is "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Roseate Spoonbills sometimes feed near Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, and American White Pelicans.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Super!!deze mooie kop,met veel details en veel scherpte
de kleuren zijn prachtig
aparte lepelaar
groetjes lou

hello peter
what a lovely and beautiful shot
fantastic close up,colour,sharpness and eye.

Hallo Peter,

je gaat nu sneller, zeker snel je jubileum.
Weer een mooie foto van deze aparte lepelaar.
goede scherpte en mooie wazige achtergrond zodat de vogelkop ,ooi geisloeerd van de achtergrond is.
Prachtige kleuren.


Ciao Peter, fantastic portrait with splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-01 10:04]

Hi Peter,the sharpness and the perfect white balance where decisives for the perfection of your pic,what a portrait and what a top class pic!!My greats compliments,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-01 10:15]

Helölo Peter.
I love the warm colors. Very well composed with great sharpness.Well isolated from the BG. I like it! Well done.Best regards Siggi

WOW Peter,
This is stunning!! What a beautiful portrait. i like the color of the eye and the yellow orange around it complements the eye. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Fantastic details and focus. Great portrait with lovely colours and very nice
clarity. Exceptional clarity and details.
Perfect capture!

Interesting specie Peter! Valuable notice as well! Good evening!
George Veltchev

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-01 11:55]

Goedenavond Peter,

Wat een scherpte foto, zo mooi uitgesneden, het oog en de snavel zijn van zeer groot kwaliteit.
Mooi macro shot, schitterend presentatie. bedankt.


Ciao Peter. Absolutely operfect MF. Great close up. The perfect portrait!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-01 14:41]

Hello Peter,
This is an excellent portrrait with wonderful sharpness and details.Great colors.TFS.

Hola Peter

Gracias por el comentario

Preciosa imagen, con este pico que parece unas palas, y ese color en la cabeza que se asemeja a los liquenes de las rocas, una imagen muy buena y agradable composición.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Peter,

Very pleasant portrait capture of this spoonbill beauty with nice exposure and details.
TFS and cheers,


Wow, really nice portrait! Love the diagonal line, great sharpness and detail.

This is a great close up shot with superb detail and tspot-on exposure.
Very well done Peter.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-02 3:35]

Hello Peter,
such an excellent view of this spoon. Very stunning details and liveness of the bird.
The exploitation of the light gives such an effective presentation.
The spoonbill is such an amazing creation.


Bonjour Peter,
Excellent portrait sous une bonne profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter,
Great shooting clear and beautiful with vivid colors, Thank you for sharing. Best Regards,

Hello Peter, perfect shot of this lovely spoonbill.
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter
great portrait of this spoonbill, superb details especially on he white plumage, not over exposed in spite the harsh lighting,
wonderful DOF with blurred BG
Have a good night

hallo Peter
what a beautiful Spoonbill species. It is very similar to Common Spoonbill in Europe and Turkiye, with exception of some color pattern.
you nicely captured it and presented with a great portraite. sharp details, POV/DOF and lighting very nice. water drops under beak give a richness to the shot. nicely composed.
thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hi Peter. This is one splendid mugshot. The details are first class and you have captured with perfect razor thin DoF. Well done - Have a nice day shooting and warmest regards - Jusni

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-03 0:53]

Hello Peter,
What a bird-portrait again! Impressive bird with this long beak and the red eye. And the little water-drop in the corner is animating the scene very nicely. Excellent management of light and fine sharpness.
Intersting and pleasant shot.
Thanks and kind regards

Bonjour Peter!

Merci pour ta visite et ton commentaire!
Cette photo m'a vraiment étonné! En dehors de la remarquable qualité technique le sujet en lui même est rare et très beau! Bravo!

Hello Peter

Great portrait of the Roseate Spoonbill with his
amazing head and eye colors, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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