safari west aviary: survival of the fittest

Posted by
DULCIE (Danville, CA, United States) on 25 October 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Safari West, Santa Rosa, CA ~

When this Scarlet Ibis flew over my head, I first ducked, then pointed my camera in time to catch a shot when it landed on a branch with a frog dangling from its beak. Yuk ! ;-) (Thanks London Caller for naming this bird.)

NIKON D90 1/1000 second F/8.0 ISO 1600 277 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Nice capture …excellent composition and light! Fantastic !

25 Oct 2010 5:41am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Great spot and shot!

25 Oct 2010 5:50am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, Dulcie! This shot is stunning. Incredible. It's a classic. Perfect processing for it.

25 Oct 2010 5:58am

rem_la from Villiers, France

pauvre grenouille !

25 Oct 2010 6:10am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice treatment , really and good scene , Bravo, Phil.

25 Oct 2010 6:16am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh this is so stunning - the figure of the frog is amazing, what a "catch" (the bird's and yours first of all ;), superb in this muted mono.

25 Oct 2010 6:44am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

An excellent capture and the choice of processing suiits well... like a lot.

25 Oct 2010 6:56am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Il like processing and capture.

25 Oct 2010 7:52am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The day our daily journey ... in search of food! Superb image and a perfect edition! I like the concept!
Cheers, Adela

25 Oct 2010 8:00am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Awesome shot and perfect treament!

25 Oct 2010 8:04am

dan from Paris, France

Even more beautiful, Dulcie!
The sweetness of the NB, the attitude of the bird and this incredible moment when he holds in the beak his peach make of this image a magnificent immediate.

25 Oct 2010 8:06am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful processing and framing, but what a pity for that frog, although he has become a part of your brilliant photo. Poor consulation probably.

25 Oct 2010 8:17am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm a bit old-stylee and would have liked to have seen this in colour-red bird-green frog-Yeah, I know, a bit predictable-but that's me

25 Oct 2010 8:31am

@CElliottUK: Yup, me too> Love the color, especially with the Ibis being Scarlet.....but nature wasn't cooperating. There was a canopy of shade and/or dappled light that looked pretty but made a messy photo. Soooo....I went monotone! :-)

Florence from Paris, France

Oh yes ! What a great animal shot and your process sounds like an old picture taken from a XIX photo album. Extra and fantastic job/idea. 5 stars for this. :-)))))))))))))))))

25 Oct 2010 8:49am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Really a superb shot! The processing makes it even more dramatic,and the bokeh..
oh..that bokeh..wonderful!!

25 Oct 2010 9:01am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice shot. And congratulations for this processing.

25 Oct 2010 9:18am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, Nature does serve up these painful moments but I am always reminded that this is for survival . . not, as with so often with Man, for sport.

25 Oct 2010 9:49am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I love the pp treatment you have given this shot Dulcie! Well done! ;-)

25 Oct 2010 11:38am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

excellent capture and very special treatment . Love it !

25 Oct 2010 12:10pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent capture of this heron with his prey... Very nice treatment too ! Have a lovely day Dulcie :)

25 Oct 2010 1:39pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

wonderful photo!! it reminds me of Egypt in the 1920s

25 Oct 2010 1:41pm

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Cool artsy nature shot.

25 Oct 2010 1:52pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very nice processing and superb shot. The frog will end badly the day:)) Nice day.

25 Oct 2010 2:19pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

This is INCREDIBLE! Fabulous capture, excellent treatment and quick thinking! Boo hoo, poor frog!

25 Oct 2010 3:45pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

The scarlet ibis is a large predator! But what a beautiful and captivating image Dulcie! Well done

25 Oct 2010 4:42pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wonderful catch Dulcie!! Realy a great shot and beautiful processing!

25 Oct 2010 5:22pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! wonderful processing...
love the processing and details...

25 Oct 2010 6:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific capture. fabulous processing. bravo

25 Oct 2010 6:45pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Well done.

25 Oct 2010 7:36pm

Fred Rune from Notodden, Norway

I love nature photography in monochrome. And especially when it is done as well as this.

25 Oct 2010 8:01pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Amazing image!! Beautiful x3 tones and composition A++++

25 Oct 2010 10:32pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

check out the work of a new photographer on aminus! Stunning portfolio!!!

25 Oct 2010 11:41pm


Wow, what a wonderful picture. Your vignetting is perfect and the the black and white and the neat bokeh. But that frog is fantastic. There's something surreal and profound about this.

26 Oct 2010 12:41am

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Exceptional! Congratulations = timeless capture

26 Oct 2010 1:03am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Indeed a very impressive close up, interesting composition and details, very good colour tones... a dramatic moment, well seen and captured!

26 Oct 2010 3:07am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very artistic!

26 Oct 2010 4:55pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I love the treatment in this shot, great capture

27 Oct 2010 12:45pm

Carla from San Jose, United States

Your photos are utterly amazing and I am richer for the experience of viewing them. Thank you! And also thanks for words of explanation.

28 Oct 2010 2:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Magnificent image and processing!

29 Oct 2010 7:43pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

31 Oct 2010 8:30am

Cecile Langelier from United States

Spectacular.... this and the other Ibis capture. I see this on the cover of a birding book or magazine.

1 Nov 2010 12:15am

1/1000 second
ISO 1600
277 mm (35mm equiv.)