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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-09 17:07
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Points: 50
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Greetings from Singapore - I fly out to Papua New Guinea tonight. Yesterday I visited the Jurong Bird Park - they had three Shoebill Storks. I spent two holidays trying to see these birds - all I had to do here was to wait for one to come close to the edge of the enclosure - oh well!!

For notes on Shoebills see the earlier posting - the last but one.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-09-09 17:41]

Hello James,
Very nice portrait, I heard they are very tall
and very rare. This is a very sharp capture, great
colors and composition.. Well done


Hi James,
Another great shot from you. Super bird portrait with amazing details.


Hi James,
Perfect shot! Wonderful bird!
Excellent definition, pretty composition.
Bird nothing common for us, Brazilians.
Congratulations for the details!
Well done!
My best regards,
Josť Roberto

An unusual bird but quite full of personality...or would that be 'avian'-ality.
Great portrait - wonderful detail - sharp and clean.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-09 20:26]

Hello James

Quite the schnoz on this bird.An excellent portrait of this shoebill.The focus and details are sharp.The colours are natural and well saturated.Excellent eye detail and catchlight.the OOF BG is lovely.The POV and DOF are fantastic.TFS


Hello James,
Wow, this one calls for a smile!
Looks like a very happy bird, most content by being photograped and given world wide fame...
Great colours and lovely details in this fine portrait!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-09 23:39]

Hello James,
I really like too these birds. They look so interesting and unique. This one looks quite serious. Excellent portrait.
Have a nice stay in Papua New Guinea.
Thanks and best regards

Hello James,
How nice to see your wonderful posting from Singapore and have a wonderful trip to Papua New Guinea!

Absolutely beautiful captured with sharpness, colour and details on the Sheobill! I loved it
pleasant journey, James!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-10 1:05]

Hello James,
Fantastic portrait of this Shoebill. They are hard to find in the African wilderness. This photo is very sharp with a good composition and natural colours. Good POV and DOF. Have a good trip to Papua New Guinea.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-10 1:27]

Hi James,
wow what a great looking bird! Excellent close POV and detail in that well used beak. DOF is spot on and good sharp focus. Take it you are stopping over on your way to PNG?

Great image James..Quite the "shoe" look here..
Two days of trying, plus a trip to the bird park fit the bill ;)
Nice work.

Hello James,
I hope that you are doing a great trip! What a portrait! I like this expression you captured :) It looks so serious... This is an excellent composition with superb details, exposure and DOF. This is a funny portrait of a funny looking bird :) Thanks,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-10 5:09]

Hi James,
I hope your having a great time in Singapore!!
A striking image of this unusual bird.
Sharp with a great POV.
Well done,

What an aptly named bird, James! The bill really looks like a shoe.
You did a good job of capturing this unique bird in Singapore. The entire head of this stork is very interesting.
Have a great time in Papua.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-10 7:37]

Hi James,

A great capture with good colors and sharpness,well done and have a nice stay in papua new guinea,hope you can spot some birds of paradise,


Hello James
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,colors and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi James,
Pretty impressive shot showing the main attribute well of this not to often seen bird. I went through my old images an found a few shots of these birds, I believe I photographed them at a wildlife park in California a little bit off from their home environment but none the less quite an impressive bird to view. I watched it as it displayed its hunting techniques and what a sight that was, Standing very motionless then 'Sploosh!' this birds head hit the water so fast and in a split second was back to its normal pose, but this time with excess water draining from it's bill straining the water before it swallowed its catch. TFS :)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-11 12:42]

Hi James. Hope the trip is going well. This is a fine capture of this unusal looking bird. grat detail and colours. very well done TFS.

Hello James,
Impressive and beautiful bird. Il like its expression. Good shot, with a great quality. Congratulations.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-13 12:42]

selam james, wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-14 20:07]

Hi James,
Wonderful portrait of the Shoebillwith immaculate sharpness on its plumage and a fantastic bill. The lighting and focus are great and it stands out well from the OOF BG. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

* Have a nice trip. My wishes.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-26 7:29]

Hi James.
Glad to see you and your amazing pictures. This portrait, I think, is simply outstanding. True 3D-image of the finest bird charms. All is great. Clear and transparent colours, terrific exactness in details, superb POV and precise DOF, fantastic BG. Bravo and my congratulations. This is my new favorite picture.

Hello James I don't know where you are at the moment but Singapore is one of my favourite locations absolutely love it there, very nice portrait amazing clarity and detail I could could image how awsome it must be to view full size, great expression caught. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-27 8:10]

Hi James,
A strong personality you have captured with great skill. Pose, details, sharpness, colours, pov and composition are perfect.
TFS, Josť M.

Hi James,
I never visited the bird park in the three months I lived in Singapore, but I did visit the night safari. I do hope you enjoyed this great city.
You captured this odd looking but beautiful bird perfectly. The details in the feathers are wonderful and the catchlight in the eye brings it perfectly alive. I really like the affectioned expression.

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