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"Flight" - Exact arrival

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Copyright: Stefan Kardos (stevkds) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 397 W: 25 N: 194] (1612)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 300mm f2.8L IS USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/6400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): wow !, animal portrait, Superb Birds, Nature: Fabolous Beauty, Friday theme 2008/03/21 "Flight" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-22 13:21
Viewed: 4512
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot from Lake Manyara,
"Lake Manyara" lat=-3.43710710773, lon=35.8015448721
1/6400 s
ISO 400
EV +1/3

Yellow-Billed Stork
Adult male yellow-billed storks have a smooth forehead and their face is orangey-red. Their bills are long and thick at the base. It is also slightly curved at the tip and bright yellow, hence their name. Their necks are also long and slender and grayish white. The rest of their body including their back, belly and breast is solid white with a small hint of pink on the tips of their feathers. Their tail and wing quills are black The yellow-billed storks legs vary from a dark red to a light pink color and are long and skinny. Its hard to believe that their legs can support their plump, round bodies. The female storks are alot like the male storks, however the females are smaller.


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  • codge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 10 N: 69] (621)
  • [2008-03-22 13:31]

Great capture. Very interesting POV. Sharpe and good colours well done

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2008-03-22 13:34]

Wooow!! What a sharpness! And it's still sharp, even in action!!! Well done!!
The colours of the bird are great!!


Exact arrival or "landing"...
I have no words. Outside my most impossible dreams to do something similar.
Sharpness in really impressive.
Bravo, and TFS
Ciao, Antonella

Hi Stefan
Funny photo :)
Very good moment to shot, fantastic pose of Your model

Hi Stefan,
Fantastic capture!! You HAD to be ready for this :)
Marvellous sharpness, detail and colors.

Superbe! c'est beau, c'est net, au bon endroit au bon moment, BRAVO!

Huh .... what an amazing capture! Excellent timing, great tones - it seems a miracle that this bird can fly at all, given the ungainly landing formation.


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  • JACCAR (217)
  • [2008-03-22 14:42]


What a great capture. The focus is perfect, with very nice colors and composition.

Great timing.


Wonderful capture Stefan, superb colours and details and that awkward moment in flight well frozen. TFS,

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-03-22 16:16]

hilarious capture. Very crisp. TFS. K2

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-03-22 16:19]

Hi Stefan
Excellent job!

perfect timing and right setting, no OE, fine sharpness, colours are eye-catching, great action capture

Hi Stefan,
What a perfect shot!! I can't get over that someone would even be able to see this with their own eyes let alone take such an amazing photo of it. The sharpness is impeccable. Amazing!

Hi Stev, great capture of landing bird, lovely composition with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-03-23 1:06]

hi stefan;
super sharp,colors are perfect,as if an action movie will start from this moment on.tfs.

Hi Stefan,
Fantastic,great shot,beautiful colors,very sharp.Congratulation.
Best regards,


very timely, good action shot of a stork about to land. Really sharp image
good colors


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  • ub06 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 7] (208)
  • [2008-03-23 2:14]


Hi Steve,
Superb capture of this landing :-) Bright sky and the white bird are a great contrast. Well preented this unusual but magnificent picture.

beuatiful.. and beautiful for the friday theme!!
amazing shot!! timing is perfect! !excellent indeed!!
ciao Marco
;) soon

That is so good Stefan, taken just at the right moment.
Lots of detail and colour


Wow, this is incredible!! The sharpness and clarity is great, and the action that you captured...quite amazing.

Hello Stephan

Oh wow what a stunning shot. you stopped the action dead and the detail sharpness and colour here are really spot on.

Wonderful image

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2008-03-23 11:15]

This is an amazingly beautiful and very timely shot, Stefan! The photo and your note are very interesting.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my photo, "The Windows". I appreciate it.


Hello Stefan,
Excellent photo.
Sharp, detailed and well composed.
Perfect timing. TFS

Hello Stean,

Just fantastic! Perfect timing and excellent perspective!
Congratulations! TFS

on monday

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-03-30 10:11]

Hi Stefan,
perfect timing!
Marvellous sharpness, Funny photo :)

Hi Stefan
Great timing and beautiful capture.
Excellent composition and colours.
Well done.TFS.

Hello Stefan. Interesting image with clear shot against the blue sky.The sharpness is excellent even in flight. Brilliant top quality first class image. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme. Regards. Jusni

Very attractive shot. Absolute fabulous picture. Wonderful composition, beautiful colours and POV.
Best wishes,

Hi Stefan,
Excellent photo,great details,sharpness and capture.Well done.
Best regards

* Piotr *

This is perfect Stefan in every way..... colour and detail are superb.

Regards mark :)

WOW simply amazing photo :)

hello Stefan
Wonderful shot
beautiful caught
perfect composition
rich colours
great focus and sharpness.

Manuj Mehta

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-05-04 23:59]

Hi Stefan, This stork looks ungainly, but is still a precision flier as you say. The clarity of this composition is superb. Inspirational as to what can be achieved. TFS. Murray.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-05-17 11:33]

Hi Stefan

That is a stunning pose! wonderful frozen action, nicely sharp due to the shutter speed. Lovely image



beautiful shot, amazing shot very sharp & clear capture.
Very rare shot.
bye n take care

hi there, amazing sharpness and shutter speed, great colors, excellent timing and composition,

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-12-10 9:39]

Very good moment to shot, fantastic pose of Your model. Very well done.

Hi Stefan!
Excellent shot!!! you captured it in the better moment. Congratulation!
Great light, sharp and colors.

Hi Stefan,
great action (freeze) capture, sharpness/focus and composition.
Well done. Best regards, Daniel

Hi Stefan,

This is a breathtaking shot. Everything is perfect. Great job.
I was born in Alsace, in the north east of France and storks are the symbol of this region but i didn't know this particular species.


Hi Stefan,

This is a great shot.
Good timing, very sharp and beautiful colours.
Just superb.

Compliments and TFS,

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