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Overhead Flyer

Overhead Flyer
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-02 18:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)are found throughout much of northern and eastern Australia. They like water and are generally found wherever there are swamps, rivers, and floodplains, but can also be found in urban parks and gardens and even in the city. They’ve found an affinity for garbage and their beak is very well suited to picking it out of cans. Their “natural” foods include terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.

They are very good flyers. It’s said that in flocks they form a distinctive V-shaped flight pattern, though I haven’t seen a large flock yet.

In mating, the male will secure territory on a branch of a tall tree (please see workshop), in order to attract a female. He will put on a noisy display up here, as well as show aggression towards other males. When a female arrives, the male attracts her by bowing, and offering a twig. She will grasp this, then they will begin to preen each other. Once the pair bond is cemented, the birds fly off to build a nest at another location. They will nest in large colonies. Young are born naked and helpless. One or two brood may be reared in a year.

Some of this from: http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/australian_white_ibis.htm
ID from: Simpson K. and Day N. (2004), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Penguin Books, Camberwell

I was walking and looking for subjects on the ground when I heard this guy croak. They sound almost like a duck. He was flying directly overhead, so it’s a half panned shot, with me leaning back while firing. I had one shot, at 1/750. For the most part I’m happy with it, I might have liked to have had a little faster speed to catch the wing tips better, but I liked the strong back lighting coming down over and through his wings, and I liked the wide open stance he had with those wings, showing off the colour underneath.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
The shoot – shot in Raw with Jpeg reference (105 mm ISO 400 f5.6 1/750)
NEF file adjusted for exposure and shadow, vignetting, and colour fringing
Levels – not used
Curves - adjusted RGB for contrast – very slight s-curve
Dodged and Burned with overlay layer (5% opacity white and black)
Added saturation layer +15 to master
Saved as a tiff
for this post cropped for position, resized, selected on and reduced noise in sky, created a new layer, inversed selection, selectively sharpened, framed and saved as a jpeg

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Hi John,
Very nice cature of this Ibis. It is a difficult angle to capture a flying bird. Nice details and sharpness.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-02 19:41]
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Hello John, Excellent in flight capture John, great focus and exposure gives us this marvelous image. Did you wear glasses and keep your mouth shut as this looks like a dangerous angle.

Hi john,
Beautiful capture of this Ibis, Excellent POV. and details, very well composed and sharp picture, great colours and capture, very well done
My compliments,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-02 20:30]

Hello John,
Excellent in flight shot.
The POV, DOF, focus, sharpness and details are perfect. The blue sky looks lovely in the background and gives the bird a good contrast.I liked the wing position you have captured and the light coming through the feathers.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi John,
Congrats mate, wonderful image of this Ibis in full flight, excellent detail, beautiful light on the wing tips, well framed and composed, Cheers Rick

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-02 22:27]

Hi John
Great inflight action shot of this white ibis
Very nice color and light
Good sharpness and detail
Well composed. tfs jon

Hello John,
Impressive in-flight capture!
The details in the bird is very well recorded, and the moment is just right...
An impressive bird and a wonderful composition, I like to see how the light is playing with the feathers..!
Pablo -

Hello John.
Great capture of Ibis in the flight. I love the light and colour of the sky.

hello John

WOW ! this is a superb in-flight shot of this Australian White Ibis,
i realy love your POV the bird from the underpart,
i love too his wings position on the flight, excellent moment
to shoot the image at that moment, and i love the
againts-daylight (in french en contre-jour) effect of the bird,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-03 9:08]

Hi John,

A superb capture of this White Ibis in flight. The position is just wonderful showing how graceful he is. Excellent colors and details. I love the wings!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-03 9:33]

Hello John,
I like the wing positions in this in-flight of an Australian White Ibis, caught from an excellent POV against a fine blue sky and with good sharpness and lighting. The WS is a nice addition.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-03 10:10]

Hello John,
This is an unusual and very beautiful view of the White Ibis in flight. They looked less beautiful on the ground in the Botanical gardens! Excellent DOF, sharpness and colours and the light is perfect too. Very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi John,

Great in flight capture with excellent sharpness, note and exposure.
Most wonderful details in the feathers and pose of the bird.
Very beautiful color contrast between the deep blue sky and the lighter color tones of the birds feathers.
Perfect work. A real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-03 11:50]

Hi John,
Beautiful shot of this white Ibis, very well timed the position of the wings look wonderful.
Very well captured, sharpness and POV are great.

Hello John excellent flight shot the wings are nicely posed, great detail in the shadows. Superb composition. tfs rgds Necip

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-03 14:02]

Hi John
Nice inflight capture.Good POV and lovely colors.Nice details in the wings.
TFS Michel

Hello John,
I like ibis species very much. Our species different, but they are very similar with general appaerance. Nicely composed and focus. It looks like a symbol with out lines. Great work. TFS, well done

Hello John. I have a few images of birds captured in flight but never get around to be posted here because of the appalling quality. This is just pristine in excellent sharpness of the plumage and vivid detail. The light from the side helps with the clarity like a studio shot with back lighting. I need to learn a lot from you here or maybe my lens are not up to standard (lol... excuses). Very well done John and I hope you won't mind me adding this to my personal theme. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-04 4:59]

Hi John,
Outstanding in-flight shot and I like this semi-circular posture. Great moment captured with immaculate sharpness and colours and with perfect lighting and exposure levels. The blue sky as BG looks beautiful and lets the Ibis stand out perfectly. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-04 21:26]

Hello John

A very impressive in flight shot.
Just marking the post for now


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-05 20:04]

Hello John, what a great pose from your bird, well composed, great technique and a fabulous result!


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-08 13:46]

salut John,
heureux de voir que tes images sont toujours meilleures. Celle-ci est superbe, l'oiseau visé par dessous est majestueux. J'aime la position des ailes, le cadrage et l'harmonie des couleurs.


Hi John, You had a steady hand/arm to get the good clarity on this difficult shot. I've tried several times to get a bird in flight and almost always fail aas they go too quickly. Good timing and colours with idea blue skies. TFS. Murray.

Hello John,
Very nice shot, excellent sharpness and depth
of field, nice composition and point of
view, lovely colors, good contrast and
nice light.

Hi John,

A good capture of the flying Australian White Ibis, the point of view is showing the details and colors of the bird. The subject is well framed. The wing movement is giving the impression that the bird is flying backward. Have a nice day.


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