Phyllis Peterson  

Roseate Spoonbill by Phyllis Peterson

April 2021 - Roseate Spoonbill

About the Image(s)

Equipment used: Nikon D810, Tamron 600mm,
Camera Settings: Aperture: f/11, Shutterspeed: 1/640 sec, ISO 500

The Roseate Spoonbill is an unusual bird because of its unique bill. It is very uncommon where I live in Arizona.
It is usually found in Southern Florida so it caused some excitement when it showed up at our local bird sanctuary in Phoenix.

I used Lightroom to sharpen and crop. I increased the clarity and set the white and black points.

4 comments posted

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Spoonbills here in South Florida are common but not as much as they used to be. In the Everglades National Park, they are trying to increase the population. Most of the spoonbills I see have considerable red or pink on the body. When seen in flight, they can look spectacular! I like the reflections; both the blue line slightly behind the bird and a reflection of the bird itself. A simple scene like this is pleasing to my eyes. Glad you submitted it for all to see.   Posted: 04/06/2021 09:17:20

David Terao   David Terao
A very pleasing image indeed! Good capture without blowing out the whites, and sharp, too. From a compositional standpoint, I think the image would be stronger as a vertical (portrait) by cropping some of the water on both sides.   Posted: 04/06/2021 14:42:25

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You handled the white in a sunny situation very well and, for me, the reflection really makes it. You have great focus on the bird. My only suggestion would be to crop some off the right so the bird isn't so centered. I'm not sure what caused the band of blue in the reflection, but I like it!   Posted: 04/07/2021 11:33:08

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
My one suggestion is to crop the image to make it less centered.   Posted: 04/15/2021 14:10:07


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