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"Beautiful in Red"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 9:48
Viewed: 3588
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This picture was taken during a trip that I made to the Philadelphia zoo back on August of this year. The zoo is located in the city of Philadelphia, capital of the state of Pennsylvania in the United States.

Flamingos are gregarious wading birds that live in huge colonies and must be in large groups to breed. They belong to the Phoenicopteriformes order, Phoenicopteridae family. and the Genus Phoenicopterus.
Flamingos are found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, but are more numerous in the latter.
Full size males weight up to 3.2 kg (7 lbs), females 3 kg (5 lbs).
Fully grown males wingspan is between 400-420 mm (16 -17 in), females 350-400 mm (14 - 16 in)
Their adult Plumage is bright orange/pink and in the rump, head, neck, and wing is slightly darker.

Their oddly-shaped beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they consume, and are uniquely used upside-down. T he filtering of food items is assisted by hairy structures called lamellae which line the mandibles, and the large rough-surfaced tongue. It is the shellfish and shrimps which flamingos eat which give them their distinctive pink colour, otherwise they would be white.

Flamingos frecuently stand in one leg The reason for this behavior is not fully known. One common theory is that tucking one leg beneath the body may conserve body heat, but this has not been proven. In addition to standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.

Young flamingos hatch with grey plumage, but the feathers of an adult range from light pink to bright red, due to carotenoids obtained from their food supply. A flamingo that is well fed and healthy is vibrantly coloured bright pink or red. The pinker a flamingo is, the more desirable it is as a mate. A white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or suffering from a lack of food. Notable exceptions are the flamingos in captivity, many of which turned a pale pink as they are not fed foods containing sufficient amounts of carotene. This is changing as more zoos begin to add shrimp and other supplements to the diets of their flamingos. All flamingos have 12 black flight feathers in each wing

Flamingos produce a “milk” like pigeon milk due to the action of a hormone called prolactin (see Columbidae). It contains more fat and less protein than the latter does, and it is produced in glands lining the whole of the upper digestive tract, not just the crop. Both parents nurse their chick, and young flamingos feed on this milk, which also contains red and white blood cells, for about two months until their bills are developed enough to filter feed.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


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Looks great but the colors seem luminated.
Did you have any saturation or contrast adjustment? The colors are nice though, just look a little over. Nice composition and good focus on the face.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-17 10:43]
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Indeed a very beautiful flamingo and a superb colors.
THe POV is excellent and it gives a great contrast with the BG. Also the details are clean and sharp, the DOF impecable, the framing and composition great.
Maybe just a very bit over-exposed, but still a magnificent catch!

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-17 10:57]
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Hello Jorge,
Wonderful capture.I liked especially position of neck a lot.Some feathers on body are a little overexposed but lovely work,nice composition!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-17 10:57]
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Hi Jorge

Such graceful birds they are and they are always a winner if you can manage to contain the reflective light which their soft pink feathers tend to radiate so easily. I think you have done well to show the beauty of this lovely bird.

A nice vertical composition to accommodate the size of this bird. The colours are fine, but probably a little increase in saturation and a slight decrease in brightness would have given it a much richer tone. The details are sharp and the DOF is great as it rendered the BG well OOF and compliments the bird.

Good work my friend and TFS.

Hello Jorge,
beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Great composition, great details, sharpness and POV. Natural colors. Well done & TFS!

Hi Jorge, great flamingo in your photo, with wonderful light and splendid color, very beautiful photo, ciao Silvio

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-11-17 19:17]

Maravilloso trabajo amigo, y colorido precioso, muchos saludos Sira

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-17 23:42]

Hi Jorge,
very nice portrait of this flaminge. POV, details and c olors are great. I like the crop and the framing a lot.

bonjour jorge
l'esposition est presque limite sur le plumage du corps,part ontre la tête est impeccable,nette et colorée.

Hello Jorge,
This is a very nice portrait of this beautiful bird. I never had the occasion to see one in real. I like this POV and composition a lot. This is a very graceful bird. I heard that they pink color comes mostly from the shrimps they eat but living shrimp are grey... anyway :) Lovely details in his plumage and I appreciated your notes about them. Thanks,

Hello Jorge,

Excellent work, Great details, very crisp, nicly capture and composed photo, perfect details, very well done

TFS kyle

Una belleza con bonito color y gran nítidez, el detalle del ojo es impecable. Un saludo

Salut Jorge
Elle est splendide cette photo en portrait de ce beau flamand rose. Les couleurs sont superbes et les détails sont nets, très bon travail , félicitations
Merci et au revoir...JP

Preciosa composición Jorge. Has logrado una imagen encantadora con esos colores. Un fondo estupendo...
Saludos amigo, JL.

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