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Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Peek A Boo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-15 21:49
Viewed: 4898
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Roseate Spoonbill in a sleeping pose. He/She took a peek at me as I started taking photos. This was shot in the flight cage of the St. Louis Zoo. Hidden under the wings is one of the most unique bills you will see on a bird. I posted a workshop photo from the flight cage showing the entire bird. The second workshop photo is an inflight shot of a spoonbill from my recent trip to Florida.

I really like these birds. They are ugly duckling and beautiful swan all rolled into one. Or, beauty and beast in the same bird. A face only a mother could love, but fascinating to me.

Range: Southern United States, West Indies, Central America, South America
Habitat: Freshwater and saltwater wetlands
Conservation Status: Not listed by IUCN
Scientific Name: Ajaia ajaja

Pretty in Pink
The adult roseate spoonbill is most noted for its stunning pink color and its uniquely-shaped bill. It is the only one of the six spoonbill species with brilliantly colored plumage. Its wings, abdomen and feathers on the side of its tail are bright pink, its tail is orange, and its legs are ruby-colored. The feather colors brighten in breeding season.

Who Needs a Fork?
Not the roseate spoonbill! Having a "built-in" spoon on its beak can be a big help at mealtime. All spoonbills take advantage of this adaptation with a special feeding style known as "head-swinging." The birds plunge their bill nearly vertically under water and swing it side to side in wide arcs. In this way, they snag a host of small animals from the lake bottom.

Their diet is made up of small fish, crustaceans (especially shrimp and crayfish), insects, molluscs (such as slugs and snails), and other small aquatic animals. Any plant material they eat is probably accidental.

Roseate spoonbills feed at day or night.

A spoonbill feeds more by touch than by sight - - a handy adaptation for an animal that often feeds in water that's muddy or clogged with dense vegetation. The horny bill is equipped with sensitive touch receptors that detect vibrations given off by prey. When something touches the inside of the spoon, the bill closes on it quickly. This keen sense of touch and fast reflexes allow the bird to feed in cloudy water, and at night.

A spoonbill will also chase prey that it detects by sight, but its sense of touch is much more reliable.

It's ironic that roseate spoonbills were hunted for their plumage: their feather color fades rapidly, so the fans and hats made from their plumes had only a limited lifespan.
A spoonbill's nostrils are located at top of the bill, making it possible for the bird to breathe while the bill is under water.
The roseate spoonbill gets much of its pink color from the food it eats. The crustaceans that it eats feed on algae which contain pigments that impart a pink/red color.
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae

Information from the St. Louis Zoo Website

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To Mousehill: Your workshopscottevers7 2 12-17 03:48
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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 22:28]

Excelente pose. Muito bem fotografada. Cores, nitidez e composição.
Muito bem trabalhado.
Excellent pose. Very well photographed. Colors, clearness and composition.
Very well worked.

Hi Scott
Beautiful plumage - exposure is perfect to bring out the detail. BG nicely out of focus.

That's funny....
I did not see your picture at all and post some kind of roseate spoonbill as well tonight :-)
Your close-up has wonderful colours, I like the dark effects create by the shadows. Composition is very nice too.
Good work again !!!

Nice capture Scott,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-16 2:12]

Hello Scott!
Magnificent capture.Details on feathers are amazing.POV,lighting,framing,pose of spoonbil and composition are also wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-16 2:55]

I see why he is called a spoonbill Scott. And what a prettily coloured bird, I love the varying shades of his pink feathers. Good pose too with him keeping his eye on you. Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-16 3:27]

An amazing close-up of this spoonbill, Scott. The details and colors are stunning. I like your crop too. Welll done and TFS. : )

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-16 7:01]

Hi Scott,
Nice and convenient to be able to tuck your beak in for the night that easily! Great capture of this. The workshops were excellent also to allow us to be more familiar with this interesting bird.

Excellent image Scott! The composition and detail is great. It could have benefitted a bit by including it's whole neck on the left in the image, but I would be very happy with an image like this. There is some tweaking possible on the image to make it better in my opinion. I've posted a workshop for you.
Best regards,

Wooow Scot!
What a close-up! Looks fluffy but so ... cute ;-)
I love it.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-12-16 12:30]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture with Excellent colors,focus,sharpness,note,POV,DOF and bg.TFS

An excellent POV and well composed Scott. Very good sharpness & detail. The workshop has helped to expose the head detail & improved the shot overall IMHO. Excellent note, Very well done!

Excellent capture and composition to present this wonderful pose, and aptly titled.
On a standard low contrast monitor the head looks much too dark (I peeked a boo -so to speak- on another monitor), while on a 1000:1 contrast monitor (which I at least tried to calibrate correctly, it is difficult to judge) it looks very good with all the details visible, and the shadow situation adds to the peek a boo effect. Mousehill's version is good too, the sharpening has improved the shot (feather detail comes out more), but it seems a bit too light on the colours in the face.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-16 17:27]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture!
The detail is amazing, good lighting,
very nice colour and frame.
Very well done and have nice weekend!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-17 10:23]

Hi Scott!

Rare bird on TN I think. It looks like hybridization of flamingo and vulture ;-) I like POV and Spoonbil's pose. Good light, colours and details. Great work Scott!

Hi Scott

Good colours, exposure and detail. Excellent POV and sharpness. Very well composed. Nice work. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-18 20:06]

Scott, this is very nice in my opinion.

Excellent exposure, composition and perfect sharpness.

I like pose and mood too.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-18 20:59]

Hello Scott,
Great portrait, excellent note!
I think the shot could be cropped even tighter to remove the backgound at all.
Best greetings,

Great caprute of the pinks here. The head of this bird looks "similar" to a California Condor. I like the DOF, you have a great talent with putting just what you want to, in focus. I figured you'd put how my head was wrinkled like this in your notes! hehe.
See you on Christmas Day?
Your Pal,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-21 10:24]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Great composition.
Capacity of evocation in me: good.
Very strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Scott.
-20C this morning here. Brrr!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-12-22 10:03]

Different shot,with excellent details.Liked the POV&NICE composition.

Amazing detail on the feathers, Scott! The colors are wonderful and I'm glad to see the bizarre beak on the workshop. Well done!


I love the way birds nestle their heads into their feathers Scott! :) Evey nice composition and point of view. Excellent detail giving the image, thanks to you much texture. Nice depth of field helping us to focus on the bird and nothing else. Thank you for your comments I don't know much about the Roseate.
Well done!

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