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Flight of the Ibis

Flight of the Ibis
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Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 23:36
Viewed: 5589
Points: 38
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Hi everyone,

today, i have another Ibis for you.. An Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) in flight.

These guys are one of the most common birds around Brisbane. They are considered a pest here, invading eating areas by the dozen. They are the whole reason behind the many "DO NOT FEED THE IBIS" signs that can be found around the place.

I find them a great subject to practice on since they are so plentiful. Especially for practicing in-flight shots. Find their morning or evening flight path and you can witness hundreds, possibly thousands flying to their destination, often in large "V" shapes.

It can be quite hard to get the bright white and dark black exposed correctly to show any sort of detail. I think i did it fairly well here. It was nice early morning sun, so the light source was nice and low, illuminating underneath and side-on rather than from above.

I couldn't tell you how many ibis in-flight's i've attempted (and deleted) since i got my dSLR in December.. this is definately one of the better results i've gotten.

Thanks for looking!

pekkavalo1, PaulH, SueThomson, Maite, vanderschelden, CeltickRanger, mariki, JPlumb, marhowie, valy67, rcrick, pierrefonds, soccer has marked this note useful
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Hi Gethin,

Very good in-flight picture. Good composition, sharp details, nice colours and lighting of white parts successfully retains details. Good work, practice has paid off.



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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-30 1:35]

Hi Gethin,
very good in flight shot mate, very sharp with good detail and you've done a great job on the exposure too. I agree, in flight shots are very hard to do well as i have been finding out!

Hi Gethin
Nice detail on the white feathers and your shot is well framed. I think the poor old Ibis is quite ugly but I like your theory of them being plentiful so good to practice on!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-30 7:01]

Hello Gethin
What a magnificent capture of this cute ibis in flight! I like a lot the details on its plumage and beak. Excellent sharpness, framing and composition.
Very good job.
My compliments and best regards

great pic, great light, TFS Ori

Hello Gethin,
Very beautiful "pest". At least that's my opinion.
Anyway the image is great. Wonderful in flight Ibis.
Congrats and TFS

hello Gethin

excellent shot of the Australian White Ibis with fine POV and framing,
i love the warm light on the subject with the lovely blue sky,
great sharpness and details of the bird and his plumage, TFS


Hello Gethin,

Superb picture of this flying ibis. Excellent sharpness. Very nice light and colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-01 1:14]

Hi Gethin,
A nice in-flight shot of this ibis. The bird stands out very well against the blue sky. Good POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Gethin, this is a fantastic sharp in-flight shots of an Ibis. This is awesome. The contrast seen between the bird and the sky is great. You've positioned him perfectly in the frame. Very nicely done.

Don't you wish Sea-Eagles were just as plentiful? Actually I'd like to see a flock of the Ibis too someday, I've only seen ones and twos in Sydney.

Thanks, enjoyed! John

Excellent warm color, details, DOF, pose, and well exposed Gethin. The time of day is everything in these shots, because you must depend on the lights angle/direction. The early morning light worked out very well here.
You say they are plentiful where you are. Would love to have a go at getting an inflight of a large bird myself for change..
Well done!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-05-01 15:06]

Hello Gethin !
Wow, wonderful in-fliht capture ! You have perfectly frozen the bird, in a wonderful pose and with excellent details. I also like the composition and the blue sky as a BG, and of course the bird itself is very beautiful, I love this black head and this nicely curved beak. Very well done !

Hi Gethin,

You cracked mate what a superb in-flight shot of this Ibis, perfect blue sky, excellent detail in the plumage and wings, and with the tips of the wings being a little soft really gives the sense of movement, just perfect.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-08 20:56]

What a good capture of this bird in flight Gethin. It flies so gracefully and your colours and details are really good.

Hello Gathin,
you have a nice ibis species in Australia, a bit different in colours we have here. The flying is magnific and you´ve captured perfectly with great level of details. The light is just right gives to it a nice effect without "burn" the white body zones.

Hi Gethin,

Capturing a bird in flight is not easy. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the ibis. The subject is well frame. The picture is clear and precise. The light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-30 6:52]

Hi Gethin,
a lovely shot of this ibis. you moment of captutre is great and impressive. Excellent composition with sharpness and clarity well seen.



A very well composed pic that depicts good lighting. The sharpness and clarity is also good as the subject is moving and never easy to capture like this. The POV and BG also add quality top a great image!

Ciao Gethin, great capture of splendid Ibis in great fly, perfect focus and wonderful blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Gethin.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis,

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