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Dead serious

This Shoebill did seem rather annoyed with me pointing a large white lens at him. It's a big bird (about 1.2m) with a huge beak - not something to mess around with when they give you "the stare".

Despite the tough look, the truth is, they are actually quite gentle birds, and have thin wobbly stilt like legs. One of the game keepers at the Jurong Bird Park (Singapore), was feeding small fish to the Shoebills - danging a fish in front of them, and they'd take it from his hand.

Due to habitat loss, Shoebills are now considered a vulnerable species. Hope they don't go the way of the Dodo.

Dead serious

This Shoebill did seem rather annoyed with me pointing a large white lens at him. It's a big bird (about 1.2m) with a huge beak - not something to mess around with when they give you "the stare".

Despite the tough look, the truth is, they are actually quite gentle birds, and have thin wobbly stilt like legs. One of the game keepers at the Jurong Bird Park (Singapore), was feeding small fish to the Shoebills - danging a fish in front of them, and they'd take it from his hand.

Due to habitat loss, Shoebills are now considered a vulnerable species. Hope they don't go the way of the Dodo.

comments (14)

What a look you are getting! This is an incredible shot. It's a portrait, really, and is superb.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2008, 01:01
Looking at the thumbnail my first thought was "What ?" Then it's like " that can't be real ". It reminds me of a horror film but I can't remember which one. I love this one bruv. Got it, anyone remember Beast Man ?

J
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2008, 01:48
What a face! Gentle huh? I hope you kept your distance from him!
Duane!! you are back posting again, grat to enjoy your photogrpahic side again, very interesting bird, nice capture, sad story, are we all ging the way fo the dodo?
I wouldn't mess with him!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport, raining and cold
  • 9 Jan 2008, 23:27
Evil looking bird, great portrait of it though
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2008, 10:17
I LOVE your photos, Duane, and agree with Patrick that it's good to see you posting again. Happy New Year! smile
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jan 2008, 12:35
I so thought that was a stuffed dodo! What a great shot! A likey for sure
  • Ellie
  • England in the wet
  • 12 Jan 2008, 23:09
Oooh, he looks like a determined, old-fashioned, headmaster!

What a truly wonderful picture, I love it.
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 13 Jan 2008, 03:26
The jet black background helps with the brooding look this fella is giving you. Looks kind underexposed on my calibrated display though. :p
The Maven: You're right. Looking at the histogram, I should have pushed this +0.5EV to the right (still wouldn't blow the highlights).
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Feb 2008, 03:06
it's like these birds know you personally duane

i can just imagine a bird conversation...

"hey what you doing tonight"

"i think i'll hop over to duane's for a portrait"
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Feb 2008, 03:15
it's like these birds know you personally duane

i can just imagine a bird conversation...

"hey what you doing tonight"

"i think i'll hop over to duane's for a portrait"
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Feb 2008, 03:15
it's like these birds know you personally duane

i can just imagine a bird conversation...

"hey what you doing tonight"

"i think i'll hop over to duane's for a portrait"
this is agreat shot..Not a friendly face, he? With black background, the color of the bird is very mych expressed!

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