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Captain Scarlet

Captain Scarlet
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-21 16:43
Viewed: 4296
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another raid on the Archives uncovered this shy looking Scarlet Ibis.
This shot was from a visit to London Zoo in May this year.
The title is a weak link, but for those of you who remember the theme tune, I'm sure you're singing along right now!!!

Eudocimus ruber

Size Length 22 inches.

RANGE: Occurs in coastal regions of northern and eastern South America extending from Venezuela to eastern Brazil and Trinidad.

HABITAT: Coastal mangrove, swamps, marshy areas, mudflats, and estuaries.

DIET: Crabs, mollusks, small fishes, and invertebrates.

SENSES:Uses sense of touch more than sight in search of food.

FEET/LEGS: Pink in color.

BEAK: Slender, slightly curved for ease in locating food in water.

FEEDING BEHAVIOR: They probe into the deep mud in search for food.

SOCIAL UNIT:Highly social.

NESTING: Breeding colonies are nearly always among the great natural fortresses of the coastal mangrove swamps which are remote and difficult to approach. For unknown reasons, they vary the site of the breeding colony year by year which is unusual for colonial nesters.

EGGS/YOUNG: On a shallow nest of coarse sticks, from 4-40 feet above the high-water level, the female lays 2 or 3, dull olive-green or buff colored eggs which are streaked with brown. Both parents incubate and raise the young. When hatched, the young are nearly naked. After 23 days of incubation they leave the next and scramble among the mangrove vegetation using their bills and wings as well as feet in their ungainly but determined exploration. They will learn how to fly at four weeks. These young will get their scarlet plumage over a number of seasons.

Notes from www.phoenixzoo.org

Thanks for looking, have a good week.

alejandroguzman, thistle, cecilia, Dave, hummingbird24, Athila, dew77, red45, TAZ, coasties, joeydrops, sAner, scottevers7, livios, annagrace, Luc, marhowie, Circe, cedryk, PDP has marked this note useful
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Hi Alan,
did he had a bath in ketchup? - Sorry - what a brilliant red, seems as if he's shining from inside out. And what a wonderful pose, a little shy but it seems he is saying - look, I'm such a beautiful bird! - And he is!
Thank you very much, I enjoyed it very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alan:

Stunning colorful picture... very very well composed, an amazing DOF.


Nice close, love the detail, good work.


Hi Alan,
Lovely photo! The color of the bird is amazing! Well captured and presented.

Very nice shot Alan. You picked a beautiful bird to photograph. Lighting, composition and exposure are exceptional. Paul

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-21 21:44]

Une très belle prise,le contraste est superbe et les couleurs bonnes.

Félicitations et merci!

Lovely coloured bird,well caught...

Great job on this footless, scarlett captain, Alan!

Excellent eye contact, details, POV, colors, and lighting.

Amazing and well composed photo, thank you for sharing it with us.

Hi Alan,
It's a beauty you have caught. The colours of this bird is amazing. Good details and POV.
It stands out very well from the BG.
Excellent work.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-21 23:55]


Very stunning picture Alan!
Focus and exposure are perfect. Red bird contrast beautifully with the green foliage. The only change I would do, is to remove (clone out) the little white herb down the photo.
Otherwise excellent picture and TFS.

Well Alan,
This bird was waiting and posing for you.
Did you have to pay the bird for this shooting session ?
Therefore there seems to be a halo created by the sharpened all around the bird and especially at the end of the beak. This could have been removed.
Despite this the picture is excellent with nice colors and the funny pose is a bonus.
Well done !!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-22 3:50]

Alan bonjour, superbe shot aux couleurs eclatantes et une texture de BG qui convient bien et donne l'impression que l'oiseau s'extirpe de cette botte d'herbe!! Il est toute fois dommage que la patte soit coupée. Overall, superb post. Congratulations Didier.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-22 4:11]
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Hi Alan!

Just excellent! Pose is superb, colours look perfect and composition is also great. I love BG. One of your best shots!

Manchester or Villarreal ;-) ?

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-22 4:22]

Wow ! What a supreb and interesting Ibis that you have very well captured ! Impressive color of feathers. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Alan and thanks for sharing.

Hi Alan

Brilliant shot. Very well composed. Rich colours with excellent clarity and sharpness. Detail is spot on. Perfect catchlight. Nice work. Thanks.

Hi Alan,
We get a lot of ibises in Australia, but the white ones. The colour in this scarlet ibis is stunning and vibrant. The pose is lovely and the detail is very nice. I also like the background with the grasses. They really push the focus onto the bird. Well captured!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-22 6:35]

Great shot Alan! I love the colors. The bg suits the bird well and the details are sharp. Well composed and good POV. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-22 6:50]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful capture.I liked vivid colors,crisp clear details,POV,catchlight in eyes,3D effect and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Surely your not old enough to know who Captain Scarlet was!!! One of my favourite childhood shows, and I'm ancient (so my kids say).
Good portrait for a zoo shot. Brilliant colour and sharp. Well done.

Hi Alan,
Excellent shot on this Scarlet Ibis. I was hoping to get one in Florida, but only saw white ones. The color and detail in this is outstanding. Good composition and framing here. I love it!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-22 10:37]

Alan, if you don't have the time to take new shots, keep on checking your archives.

This is another superb photo.

Lovely and vivid shades of red. Excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

A very pleasing image with a great visual impact.

Beautiful bird! From her expression I think she likes you, LOL!! Great colors, POV and DOF. Well seen, Alan!

How do you do those fancy frames?


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-23 1:25]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. A bird with a personality.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Alan.

The pose, the eye, lovely colours. He is sweet and nothing can be done with it ;)
As for the "perfect" word. I would use it for the framing, POV and DOF. Couldn't have been better.
I like it very much, of course :)

Vivid color with an excellent pose Alan..Very good OOF BG contrasting nicely also. Exceptional portrait! Well done.

Olá Alan,
gosto de cores vivas, essas estão perfeitas! Nitidez perfeita!!

Francisco Sales

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-12-15 2:38]

Impresionante capitan escarlata. Me encanta esta foto, excelente definicion, el color es unico y las hojas del fondo parece que lo resaltan todavia mas.
Un saludo de circe.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-12-15 22:23]

Lindo...!! Cor maravilhosa. Nitidez, composição. Muito bem realizado. Muito bom trabalho. Você aproveita muito bem seu equipamento - parabéns!!
Beautiful...!! wonderful Color. Clearness, composition. Very well accomplished. Very good work. You take advantage your equipment very well - congratulations!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-04 7:51]

Hello Alan, this is shot with some impact. The composition is excellent and the blades of the plant in the BG draws even more attention to the subject. I don't know what colour the plant was but to me it looks a little flat, I'd like to see more colour there I think that would only improve the impact. Very well done.

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