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Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-03-16 9:34
Viewed: 2862
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thid picture was taken in Krakow's ZOO. It's situated in Wolski's Forest a few kilometers from city centre. You can reach the ZOO in 20 minutes e.g. by city bus.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India), and southern Europe (including Spain, Sardinia, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are short distance migrants, and records north of the breeding range are relatively frequent; however, given the species' popularity in captivity whether these are truly wild individuals is a matter of some debate. A single bird was seen on North Keeling Island (Cocos (Keeling) Islands) in 1988. Greater Flamingo is the state bird of Gujarat, India.
This is the largest species of flamingo, averaging 110150 cm (4360 in) tall and weighing 24 kg (4.48.8 lbs). The largest male flamingoes have been recorded at up to 187 cm (74 in) tall and 4.5 kg (10 lbs). It is closely related to the American Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo, with which it has sometimes been considered conspecific, but that treatment is now widely seen (e.g., by the American and British Ornithologists' Union) as incorrect and based on a lack of evidence.
Like all flamingos, this species lays a single chalky-white egg on a mud mound.
Most of the plumage is pinkish-white, but the wing coverts are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are black.
The bill is pink with a restricted black tip, and the legs are entirely pink. The call is a goose-like honking.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-16 9:36]

Hi Maciej,usually i don't like pics taken in the zoo,but the quality is so excellent that need a smile,perfect sharpness and natural colors and a very nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hello Maciej,
Nice capture with excellent focus, lovely colors and great sharpness.
The composition is splendid.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-16 10:24]

Hello Maciej!
Lovely birds !So elegant ! Amazing shot with good colors and nice composition.TFS

Hello Maciej
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive.

HI Maciej,

Very nice picture of Flemingo.
Good POV & great sharpness. I like the twisted neck of the bird. Well done & TFS.
I've done a workshop on your pic. Hope you dont mind.


Ciao Maciek, lovely couple of beautiful flamingoes in nice pose, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Maciej,
a beautiful capture of the Greater Flamingo taken from an excellent point of view, beautiful natural colours, nice composition with lovely postures of these marvellous birds
Best regards

Hello my friend Maciej! I do not like that photo here for the flowing reasons:
1. The image of the flamingo in the foreground is very tight in this frame. I personally prefer to see a bit more space around.
2. The bird in the background is included in the focus field of the bird in front and the feeling for near and distant has been lost here.
The white balance looks fine I think and I love your notes as usually!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-16 14:09]

Hallo Maciej.
Probujesz wstzyskie kierunki-tym razem cos z ptakow.Flamingi sa bardzo ladne i wygladaja dostojnie do tego ladnie pokazujesz ich upierzenie.Dobry oczny kontakt do tego.Naturalnie najlepiej by bylo je na wolnej przestrzeni fotografowac ale nie u kazdego lataja one po podworku.Jest ciasne ale mnie sie podoba.Pozdrawiam Siggi

hello Maciej
very nice pose with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Maciej,
Stunning Flamingo. Wondeerful pink colors and nice focus on its big eye. I am not so much on pictures from zoos but this is nicest Flamingo I have seen in a while. Have a fine day.

Hello Maasiej,
Good composition and dof that make the birds stand out from the background. Beautiful colours and detail. Well done.

Hello Maciej, a good image with very good details. Too bad the lack of sun that would make this picture a masterpiece. All the best, Paul

Hello Maciek

Excellent close-up photo of the Greater Flamingo
i love the vertical (appropriate to the bird) framing
but i agree with George i would love to see
more space in front of the bird even if the
bird would be a little bit smaller on the image,
focus sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


Hi Maciej,

The flamingos are well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the pink flamingos. the morning light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-18 9:54]

Hi Maciej!
Great sharp capture of these splendid birds.
Excellent light and fine details of the plumage.
I don't like the WS of Kapil: I think that your exposure and white balance are perfect!
Congratulations my friend.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Maciej,
Very beautiful sharp-detailed photo of this Greater Flamingo. Excellent natural colours, POV and composition. Well done!

Hello Maciej,
beautiful pictures of flamingos, beautiful natural colors, excellent sharpness and POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-21 6:54]

Hello Maciej,
A brilliant close capture of these colourful Flamingos. Excellent DOF, sharp details and lovely colours. Nicely framed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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