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Just look at me...

Just look at me...
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Copyright: Odette Van Nieuwholtz (OdetteVN) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 75-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 10:36
Viewed: 4706
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser Flamingo
Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser flamingos are the smallest of the four flamingoes, but they retain the characteristic flamingo shape with long legs, a long neck, a bent bill, and a large body. They are not as brightly colored as the Caribbean flamingo, but they still have the light pink feathers with black feathers on their wings. Like all flamingos, the Lesser flamingo has webbed feet, but unlike the Andean and James' flamingos, it has a hind toe called a "hallux".

The Lesser flamingo eats by holding its bill upside-down in the water and using its tongue to suck in water and mud. Filters in their mouth catch algae, small insects, and crustaceans for food.

Lesser flamingoes live in salty lakes and lagoons in southern Africa.

The eggs and chicks of the Lesser flamingo are preyed upon by the marabou stork, lappet-faced vulture, white-headed vulture, and Egyptian vulture. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and jackals prey upon adults, and even pythons have also been known to attack flamingos

Flamingos built a nest of mud approximately 12 inches high to serve as protection from flooding. Females lay a single chalk-colored egg that is attended by both parents. The chicks are gray with thick gray legs and a straight bill.

This is still a little one. I hope you enjoy it!!!

aido, shirgold, marhowie, gerhardt, soccer, scottevers7, pilonm, PDP, jeanpaul, moemf has marked this note useful
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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-11 12:12]

Hi Odette,
Nice to see a post from you again. A great shot of this Flamingo, I've never seen a Lesser Flamingo before. While reading your note I was wondering if this was a juvenile as his colouring has that patchy juvenile look to it. Great detail and really nice light, warm colours and I think perfectly framed. Great work!

Hi Odette,
The thing I like the most is the posture of the bird - it seems to be walking very carefuly in the water...
I think the image lacks contrast - made a workshop.
TFS - Shir

What a cool pose Odette!
Very good detail and exposure in this great action shot. The flying water drops work very well to convey motion/movement IMO...Excellent POV and composition also..
Nice work and Thank You!

Hi O,

It is a great action capture. Brilliant pose and sharp details. I have to agree Shir though. You lost some contrast and therefore the magic light. I was there I know... :)

I did a WS. Let me know what you think.

great capture and nice photo;-)

excellent capture and very cool pose.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-11 17:28]

Bonjour Odette!

Félicitations pour la pose de l'oiseau. Belle prise domage par contre la photo est un peut terne.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Very interesting subject. the composition, POV, sharpness and detail shown are great. The Lighting that you have here makes a wonderful pic. TFS,

Hi Odette,
You have captured a very good pose here. Your timing was perfect. The quality of light was superb. I think Gerhardt,s workshop does help with the contrast. Perfectly composed and framed. Very well done.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-12 8:26]

Hi Odette,
Is this not the pose of the flamingo when he is making shade over the water when he is looking for food? Might be useful to put it in your note, it's a special behaviour.
I like the composition.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-13 12:38]

Hello Odette,

What a wonderful picture of this lesser flamingo! pov, composition, natural colors cannot be better! I like also the waterdrop falling from him: it brings animation to the picture with the wings opened...! Very well done!!!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-13 20:38]

Hello Odette, lovely shot. The pose is very good, you made a lovely job of this. Great shot.

Hi Odette
Magnifique photo de ce beau flamand.J'aime beaucoup tous les détails et les belles couleurs ainsi que la belle présentation.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-11-11 6:19]

Hi Odette

Very nice shot. Well composed. I like the lack of contrast it adds to the mood and the natural colours. Excellent note.



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