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Ibis On A Rock

Ibis On A Rock
: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
: Animals
: 2006-10-08
: Birds
: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/22, 1/30
: 2006-12-18 21:12
: 3780
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The Australian White Ibis has to be one of the strangest birds Ive come across so far. The head and much of the neck are featherless while the rest of its body is covered by white plumage. It has a very peculiar long and down-curved beak. It is very common and widespread in northern and eastern Australia. It prefers habitats including swamps, lagoons, floodplains and grasslands. It is especially becoming common, to the point of being a pest, in urban parks and gardens.

The range of food includes both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and human scraps. The most favoured foods are said to be crayfish and mussels, which the bird obtains by digging with its long bill. The bill is also a very fine tool for selection of scraps from park waste containers.

Much of this from:

This shot was taken while I was strolling around Hyde Park in Sydney. There was no fear on the part of the birds, so taking the shot was relatively easy. Post processing included: selective noise reduction, selective adjustments for shadows and highlights, some levels adjustments and sharpening for this post.

JoseMiguel, kurekpit, manyee, coasties, glazzaro, zenitlady, mlines, pierrefonds, magiqa, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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To mlines: Not as Pretty as Many IbisJPlumb 1 02-18 18:28
To zenitlady: Proud of HimselfJPlumb 1 01-21 00:03
To glazzaro: ExposureJPlumb 1 12-20 03:20
To manyee: White FeathersJPlumb 1 12-19 17:16
To arfer: Feathers Don't Quite Fit Them RightJPlumb 1 12-19 17:13
To kurekpit: Interesting ModelJPlumb 1 12-19 17:11
To coasties: Focus is SoftJPlumb 1 12-19 17:10
To JoseMiguel: OOF or SoftJPlumb 1 12-19 17:08

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Hello John,
Very interesting your presentation of this white ibis.
Despite is a little OOF, or soft, we can appreciate the profuse of feathers, and specially their distribution around the neck.
I like the pose, the frame and the composition used.
Kind regards,

Hello John
Very nice picture and very interesting model
Good details and note too

* Piotr *

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
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Hello John

A great shot of this unusual looking bird.A very good POV and DOF.The colours are very good.The details are excellent.These guys always look like their feathers don't quite fit them right.TFS


Very well exposed portrait of this ibis, John.
Good job on those white feathers.
A great POV and sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hi John

The focus is soft, but the exposure is excellent. :-)

Nice job on the exposure, good detail in the whites.


Hi again, John! Isn't he proud of himself? Odd looking bird, with the most marvellous collar! This is an impressive composition, showing him off to great effect. Really good DOF too! Well done! Thanks so much for your kind comments, Linda

Hi John. Good clear photo of this white ibis. Not as pretty as many ibis but full of character! Clarity and colours are excellent along with a fine note. TFS. Murray.

Hello John,
Good point of view and a fine capture of this majestic fellow!
Good pose and great details in the plumage, well done on composition!
Pablo -

Hi John,

A nice image of the white ibis, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


So cute! And a very good photo. I have never seen this kind of ibis bird before, with black face and beak.

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