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Roseate Spoonbills

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

Roseate Spoonbills

This was a nice spot. We led Nancy’s high-school camping club on about a three-mile canoe trip from the launch site of the state park downstream to the “Deep Hole”. When we got there, there must have been a hundred alligators, a flock of wood storks, several diving Forster's terns, an osprey catching fish right next to us, and maybe a dozen roseate spoonbills (Platalea ajaja). We were all excited. The spoonbills let us get close enough to take this picture, but no closer. Here a breeding adult scolds a couple of first-year birds.

As implied above, spoonbills in the wild are generally hard to get too close to. Fortunately, Nancy had three things in her favor:

  1. She is sitting in the front of a canoe, so her profile is much smaller and less intimidating than that of somebody, say 6'3" tall, casually walking up to them.
  2. When you are in a canoe, you can use the wind or current to your advantage. Paddle to a spot upwind (or upstream) and then drift toward them slowly. You should be able to get much closer before they realize what's happening. Of course, you should be taking pictures the whole time because you never know when your luck will run out. But have the stern paddler watch for early signs of stress. Before you invade their comfort zone, you can paddle back upwind and try again.
  3. Not to overlook the obvious, Nancy does have a nice lens. With some wildlife, however, the lens alone is often not enough to get a good shot; you need to look for other advantages.

To see how this image might look framed, click here.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 30D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Flash was not used. Camera was on f/13 for 1/500 sec (shutter priority) at ISO 500.

Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper 12" x 18" 25" x 34"
  Canvas 24" x 36" 33" x 45"

Currently In Stock

Although we can print to your specifications any size up to the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations, the below prints are available immediately:

Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)
Matted:
#29 Matted Spoonbills 29 matted 11"x15" print, white mat (outside 16"x20") $84
 
#30 Matted Spoonbills 30 matted 11"x15" print, white mat (outside 16"x20") $87
 
Framed:
#11N
Paper
Framed Spoonbills 11 framed 11"x17", black inside pink mats, white frame (outside 201/2"x261/2") $226
 
#22 Framed Spoonbills 22 framed 10"x14", black inside white mats, thin black frame (outside 181/4"x221/4") $192
 
Canvas:
#6N
Canvas
Canvas Spoonbills 6 gallery-wrapped 24"x36"x11/2" $585
 
#7N
Canvas
Canvas Spoonbills 7 gallery-wrapped 24"x36"x11/2" $585
 
#23, #32, & #33 Canvas Spoonbills 12x18 gallery-wrapped 12"x18"x3/4" $204
 

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We used to have a different numbering system for prints on fine art paper than for print on canvas, as described in our blog post We’ve Changed Our Numbering System Again. For the Roseate Spoonbills, the consolidated numbering system began at #21 (after 11 paper prints and 9 canvas prints had been made).