The Love Connection

© Robert G. Stalnaker

The Love Connection

Uploaded: March 21, 2008


Not exactly "Mile High Club" members, but more like about 5-7 meters high at this instant. Just a few short weeks ago, the color of these ibis were dark blue/slate all over. Now for breeding season, they are chestnut with iridescent green. Plegadis falcinellus--Glossy Ibis.

f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 400, AWB, spot with auto bracket, burst 6.5 fps, +1/3, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, Orlando Easterly Wetlands, 3/18/08.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Michelle Alton March 22, 2008

Very nice work, Robert. Terrific capture. Glad you're sticking around.
Michelle #883183

Cheryl E. Molennor March 22, 2008

Excellent! #5676703

Anne M. Young level-addict March 22, 2008

Super shot - great timing, colours and clarity. interesting facts as well #5677250

Robert G. Stalnaker March 22, 2008

Hi Michelle, Cheryl and Anne. Thanks for visiting.

Anne, re the colors, I really wish I could have had a bit different angle of sun to capture the colors better here, In flight photos are often hard to get the right lighting. The Glossy Ibis has the most mazing maroon/chestnut color with contrasting green, almost a lime green--during breeding season, that is. This species changes colors in just weeks from its darker, blue nonbreeding plumage. Florida and the Gulf Coast states near the shoreline is where they breed. #5678076

Gilbert W. Covington March 22, 2008

Great wildlife capture Robert. #5680213

Bill Houghton March 23, 2008

This is a truly outstanding shot Robert. You have some wonderful work. Bill

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Cheryl E. Molennor April 10, 2008

Almost mile high!! Too funny, excellent catch #5771131

Candice L. Carter May 01, 2008

Oh Robert! How exquisite! The colors are bold, the focus is perfectly crisp, and your timing for this special moment is a wildlife photographer's dream! An EP at least, but ask me if I am the least bit surprised! Abstly not! You are behind excellent! #5868996

Robert G. Stalnaker May 01, 2008

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. Candice, you are too kind--thank you very much! Re the "timing", at my other photo of this titled "Breeding Time #2", in the comments, I explained I was very lucky to get a decent shot of this event. My camera was all preset at a far distance trying to capture the first flights of two baby bald eagles, and these two glossy ibis jumped up and did a mating thing very close to me and I was not prepared. Most of the shots were bad but I was able to reset in a mad scramble and got about three that came out very well. Thanks again. #5869426

June 04, 2008

This is a WOW! photo. Composition is flagrantly attention getting! #6018738

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