Spoonbills are odd birds

This one did a circuit and then almost landed on the branch in the bottom right, but at the last minute decided not to.

Shot just after dawn, on a cloudy morning.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 20th June 2009, This photo: 7:05am

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  • Liza Yorkston said:
    gorgeous colour
  • metalsnowski said:
    oh stunning! that branch looks like an arm and hand
  • Ross_M said:
    great lighting
  • teejaybee said:
    I love their 'haircut' and fishing motion! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    It does a bit... Maybe that's why he flew off at the last minute ? ;-)
    Glad we got some sun yesterday!
    Alas we didn't get to see them fishing.
  • James Lagden said:
    Think we might have put it off it's landing with all the clicking and strobes firing.
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm blaming the crows ;-)
  • James Lagden said:
    Spotted one today feeding. I will post a picture soon.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh neat - so you braved the weather and toodled out anyway ? (rained pretty much all day here).
  • James Lagden said:
    Rained where I was too so I shot from the car!
  • David de Groot said:
    haha, well they do say a car makes a good hide ;-)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Great composition and amazing light... I really love the light on the bird's wings and on the branch too!
  • David de Groot said:
    We were lucky Paul, dawn was grey and dull, then the sun broke through right on Golden Hour, and stayed out until about 10ish, whence it was once again swallowed by the clouds.
  • SkattyKat said:
    love the light highlighting the birds feathers & the branch. I think the cloud has a beautiful tone to it as well.
    Wonderful capture
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    I must agree - lovely the way the feathers catch the ligh
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kath :)
    Hey David :)
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Excellent shot David. The clarity is perfect, and everything else is just great!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mitch :)
  • Wes Cooper said:
    Beautiful shot David, superb lighting and minimalism. This would make a great print.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Wes, yeah it might print well indeed.