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Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Spoonbill
Copyright ©2011, Olav Agnar Frogner
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The Eurasian Spoonbill or Common Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae, breeding in southern Eurasia from Spain to Japan, and also in North Africa. In Europe, only The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Greece have sizeable populations. Most birds migrate to the tropics in winter, with European breeders mainly going to Africa, but a few remaining in mild winter areas of western Europe south to the United Kingdom. This species is almost unmistakable in most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its dark legs, black bill with a yellow tip, and a yellow breast patch like a pelican. It has a crest in the breeding season. Non-breeders lack the crest and breast patch, and immature birds have a pale bill and black tips to the primary flight feathers. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. The Eurasian Spoonbill differs from the African Spoonbill with which in overlaps in winter, in that the latter species has a red face and legs, and no crest. The Eurasian Spoonbill occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons. The Eurasian Spoonbill usually lays four eggs. It feeds on various fish, crustaceans and amphibians. The Eurasian Spoonbill is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Photographer: Olav Agnar Frogner
Folder: Danube Delta
Uploaded: 16-Oct-2011 11:51 CEST
Current Rating: 8.33/3
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Exposure time: 1/1250 s
Aperture: F5
Focal length: 174 mm
Lens: Olympus ZD 50-200 swd + EC-14
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 640
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied:
Image resized to: 628x1000

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I love the grouping of the birds which makes a great composition. I can almost feel the damp wind!

Mike Bywater at 13:46 CEST on 16-Oct-2011 [Reply]

I agree

Nice composition, color and tone.
Well Done.
Mark Stodter

Mark Stodter at 17:16 CEST on 16-Oct-2011 [Reply]

Thank you…

Mark and Mike for nice compliments.

Olav Agnar Frogner at 17:05 CEST on 17-Oct-2011 [Reply]


This is the best picture of the birds you posted.
Only there's a little noise in it. Use a tool like neat image to remove the noise.



Wim Westerhof at 19:41 CEST on 18-Oct-2011 [Reply]


I agree with Wim, this is the best you have posted. I do like the positioning of the birds.

Dave Hall at 13:11 CEST on 27-Oct-2011 [Reply]

I’m happy with this composition.

Thank you for nice compliments.
Less noise is always great, but maybe not the crucial thing. To get the capture and tell the narrative is my first priority.

If Noise was primary issue of concern, I guess there are superior brands to Olympus, but basically I don’t care.
To get out there in the fields and trust your tools is major to me telling the story…

Olav Agnar Frogner at 16:54 CEST on 27-Oct-2011 [Reply]