Julie Deer  

Spoonbill Pair by Julie Deer

November 2020 - Spoonbill Pair

November 2020 - Julie Deer


About the Image(s)

Our camera club went to a local wildlife park. These Royal Spoonbills were in a netted aviary, so the image is nature and not wildlife. The bird on the right stayed on the nest, which both birds added sticks to. After providing her with several sticks, he decided to have a go and do the horizontal tango. When they finished, they both assumed this silent pose for about 10 seconds before resuming their previous occupation of nest building. I welcome your comments on how I could make this a stronger image.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
(Group 52)
Hi, I'm from Group 52. Thanks for posting this image. I'm primarily a bird photographer and have never seen this species of spoonbill. I love the pose with their wonderful head feathers. To my eye the crop is a bit too tight on the sides. I would dodge the birds a bit and burn in the background to bring out and separate the birds from the background. I might also brighten the eyes a bit.   Posted: 11/10/2020 12:56:40

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
(Group 52)
Hi, I'm Lisa from Group 52. I agree with all that Mike said. Some room on the sides would keep me from feeling penned in. I've seen a wonderful bird sanctuary in TX and know that they can be quite messy so there is little to be done about the bottom. However, the top wires, in my opinion, bring me out of the important part of the image. In the future you might try a wider aperture. You did not give your settings so I would not make a suggestion for the f/stop. The image is clear and the composition is interesting.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:25:55

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
Hi Julie...I am another visitor from Group 52. I love the action you have caught in this image. It looks like they are singing a duet. I agree with the others from my group that the birds need a little more room to breathe. Except for that section of fence on the top left the background is blurred enough to eliminate the distraction, so I would begin in LR by brushing negative clarity into the section. If you don't get enough results that way there are vinette blurs in some other software programs that would be useful. I would be happy to elaborate on that if you wish. I think Mike is right on with his ideas for brightening up the eye. Nice work, in my opinion.   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:02:42

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Really nice capture with all the action and no overlap of between the two. The feather detail is good, just a little dark. I would like to see them pop against their background more. But love the capature.   Posted: 11/18/2020 07:27:02

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Julie, this is a great image of spoonbills on their nest. I find the two thin branches, one on the upper right and one in the center, a little distracting. Here I used the PS spot healing brush to take them out.

What do you think?   Posted: 11/18/2020 13:35:41
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Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Hi Julie, I love that you captured some of the Spoonbills personality and behavior. All white or all black objects are tough to control the lighting, but you did a fairly good job. I might bring down the highlights a little bit to see if you can bring back some for the detail. I would use a large aperture in order to blur the background of the net if you shoot them again. You did a great job getting the birds eyes in sharp detail.   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:36:55

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
The thing about the uncropped composition is that the little green leaves of that bush make a nice diagonal behind the bird. I'd like to see the diagonal retained even if you crops some. I like what Henry did, taking out the distracting white branches.
The birds seem brighter in the original, would like to see them brighter.
Really an amazing image. I've only seen roseate spoonbills (in captivity) as well. As far as I know all spoonbills are endangered so this is a precious image. Thank you for sharing it!   Posted: 11/18/2020 17:09:31

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Great capture - good to see birds doing something. Perhaps cropped slightly too much. My main criticism is that these birds surely should have white feathers and on my monitor these look grey; looks to me like the image has been underexposed too much - which spoils it for me. The other members have made some
good points too.   Posted: 11/19/2020 14:29:40

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Great capture. I love the black and white, the moment, and this makes me smile. I feel like they are laughing.   Posted: 11/24/2020 07:03:24