Comments: I'm really considering entering this photo into the photography contest at the zoo near me. Please please please let me know what you think of it. Honest opinions. I love all my big cat photos but they get so many submissions they said they have better luck with other entries for placing.
Animal: Spoonbill Photo Location: Rosamond Gifford Zoo Camera/Lens: Nikon D5000/70-200mm Facebook: [link] (I like back!)
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Ah, the spoonbill. Such a strangely shaped bird-beak. With the bald head and pink feathers, he's a great mix of almost-ugly with beauty.
I really like the angle you've captured here. The details on his head is awesome, right down to his forehead wrinkles (!) and blue-ish skin. His strangely-shaped bill can be seen in full detail. I also really like how you can see his lower neck feathers, he must have been molting from the bedraggled appearance. The composition with just enough of his back and wings lets us see his beautiful mix of pink feathers.
The blurred background is excellent, and doesn't show that he's in a zoo. The light might be just a smidge too bright white, but it doesn't seem to have affected the contrast/caused a silhouette on the bird. I would definitely put my vote for this one for the contest.
Adorable, I love the pose and the focus ~♥ To impress your zoo even further, this is a Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja). They occur in South America, the Caribbean, Texas, Louisiana, and southern Florida.