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Darter & Spoonbill

By butterflydiva72    
I took a trip out to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands today with a friend. I spotted some amazing bird life. I only wish I had an outstanding camera and lens. I think this looks ok though, not too shabby. Striking birds.

Tags: Darter Water birds Spoonbill Wildlife and nature

Voters: posty57, CarolG, Andysnapper and 10 more


posty57 13 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 5:33AM
Isn't nature amazing...! Super capture Smile

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
13 Feb 2012 5:51AM
A superb image, pin sharp and excellent detail, very well captured. Carol
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
13 Feb 2012 6:30AM
Very well done indeed. 2 interesting birds, pin sharp and lovely colours.


Ayoob 10 Australia
13 Feb 2012 6:37AM
Fantastic shot, capture-excellent detailed image ..........Grin
13 Feb 2012 6:56AM
I am falling head over heels in love with nature. Never gave it much of a second thought until I began photographing it.
Thank so much guys for you wonderfully kinds words.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 7:04AM
What great luck to capture these two in the same shot so well done you for that. The Heron is perfectly captured. Its a shame that the whites are blown out on the other bird (Spoonbill?) but you can't have it all.
13 Feb 2012 7:07AM
Yes Lynne I was very lucky, and I agree about the white on the spoonbill. I dont have a fnacy camera and had to zoom a fair bit. I am lucky I got them and in such good focus at all. The other bird is a darter.
Nicely photographed. You have got both of them in focus and that is a big plus. I am not sure if that bird is a Darter, I think it is some form of Heron. Well done. cheers gordon.
13 Feb 2012 7:55AM
Thanks so much Gordon. I thought a heron had feather on its head, like a crest. This bird didnt, and it displayed the distinct "darting" motion when it was fishing. I was a little confused too, but did my best to make sure. But you may know more than me. I would like to 100% sure however Smile
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
15 Feb 2012 6:21AM
A fine shot and as others have said, so good managing to get both in the same frame and looking in the same direction.
Your exposure is spot on for what I too think is a heron and the locale so inevitably some detail in the spoonbill's plumage has to be sacrificed.
If you care to look back over my recent images I have two shots of a heron so you might be able to decide for yourself on it's identity, or perhaps more easily Google "Heron" and check on the "Images" pages.
15 Feb 2012 7:05AM
Thanks Ronnie. This is my first attempt at a shot like this, so I am still learning it and welcome all tips. I did Google both Heron and Darter. I dont mind what it is. Maybe I should title it "? & Spoonbill". LOL.
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 9:22AM
Very well done to capture both birds - Carole
philhomer 11 88 32 England
17 Feb 2012 9:02AM
so very difficult to get just right - if even possible

the thing is you have to decide whether to shoot the Spoonbill bright or the Heron dark if a suitable mid-wayis not going to cut it. Personally i tend to be wary of highlights so would have erred toward exposing for the Spoonbill to attempt to not blow the feather detail - this would of course have resulted in a darker Heron.
17 Feb 2012 9:43PM
Right, I see what you mean Philhomer. Thank you for the tip. I understand the decision I would of had to have made. I was thinking hard about what exactly to do to showcase both birds just right when I was editing, but chose this. I may re-edit and upload it again.
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 11:55AM
Ooooo...missed this corker !!!

Beautiful shot !!......gorgeous detail in these two lovely birds.....great shot under the circumstances !!!!!
18 Feb 2012 9:55PM
You're very kind Kieth, thank you.
28 Feb 2012 6:17AM
Very interesting.
28 Feb 2012 7:15AM
hank you Smile

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