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Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-10-25 6:30]

Dear Peter,
Sorry, I was for a month absent from TN, I had a problem with my spectacles...

I added your work to my theme "Animals feeding, part two" and at the same time die of envy! We toured for months South America and in all the time we spent in the jungle in different countries, we did not see once a Toucan in the wild...
It is wonderful to see the details of this species so close, thank you for sharing.

The pattern on the edge of the beak is amazing - at first view - one thinks "teeth"?!? :-) the deep red inside of the mouth is rather unusual.

You photographed a strong fit animal, well groomed, and I am always fascinated to watch the species feeding with this enormous beak.

Have a happy week end
Warm greetings
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-10-25 5:16] [+]

Dear Anne,

Sorry for being so tardy in reviewing your work - I have not been to TrekNature for nearly a month - I had a problem with my spectacles...

My first impression is amazement at how clear the water is. Usually this type of pond is green in other green and covered with green slime...

The different shades of colour are interesting and I wonder if this is due to different habitates?!?

The pattern on the back of the female is also different from the male's!

Did you touch one? I wondered if the are silky indeed?!?

Thanks for adding your work to my theme
Have a happy week end
Warm greetings and hugs
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-10-25 3:17]

Bom dia Jose,

A lovely study of animals' behavior. The alpha juvenile being fed, looking happy and plump, the smallest bird in the foreground disheveled and crying...

You found here a well hidden nest, and I like very much the the play of the shadows on the baby's body.

I thank you for posting this treasure to my theme "animals feeding" and I am delighted with this dedication.

Enjoy your week end

saudações
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-29 6:16]

Dear Miroslav

A very good example to demonstrate how camouflage works, and I add your work to my theme "camouflage". Thanks for sharing.

I found out the hard way, it is difficult to make a good colour photo of heavily camouflaged animals, and black/white images overcome this problem.

However you overcame the problems of focusing and exposure and produced a very pleasant image.

Kind Regards from South Africa
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-18 3:49]

Dear Tom,
I googled the short toed Eagle, and apparently it is also called SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE .

I am amazed at the naturally shiny eye - not due to you touching it up- but probably the point of view.
It looks a strong, healthy, well groomed bird unlike many raptors in South Africa which look quite mangy.

To photograph birds in flight , you HAD to go south! I am sure you never find in Luxembourg a sky like this:-)

Thanks for sharing,
Take care about your neck
Hugs
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-18 2:28]

Ciao Sergio,
This WHITE PLUME MOTH pair looks like a christmas decoration, a fluffy memory from a Christmas tree...

Interestingly, on http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1513
The adult sits on a white thorny branch , looking very much alike the one your pair got caught on. What is it? Obviously a habitat liked by this moth...


I add your work to my theme "Animals' Sex Life" as well as "Nature's Oddities"

Thanks for sharing these interesting details of insect life
Ciao Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-17 10:55]

Dear Tom,
View from above -
as well as view from below.

I cant explain this feeling . But the view of the majestic vulture "soaring above me'' somehow squeezes my heart...

This photo is stunning in every aspect, and I add it to my favorites.
Thanks for sharing,
Warm Regards
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-16 12:08]

Dear Mikio
Great shot, and I add your work to my theme "under and above the seas and lakes"

Good focus also under water, showing the viewer all the details sharply. The colours are natural. Your notes are interesting.

You must have tip toed to avoid the animal hearing you come and disappear :-)
Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-16 10:46]

Dear Sudhakar,
A pity, the birds' wings were faster than the speed setting of your camera :-)

The weaver bird's nest is absolute perfect, and 50 % of the points must go to the builder! I have seen MANY WEAVER BIRDS' NESTS, but this one is incredibly neat.

Good natural colours.

Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa
Ingrid

Ingrid1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2013-09-16 5:14] [+]

Dear Michael,
I wonder if these are "prickly pear"?

They grow quite tall in northern Africa as well as in South Africa. The fruit are very much liked by humans and animals. The prickly pear is available in greengrocers. The thick skin is peeled off like an orange and the flesh tastes sweet sour/ tangy .

In Tunesia, camels line the road sides nibbling the plants and fruit despite the long sharp spines. In South Africa they are planted to serve as fencing, to keep goats off the road.

Thanks for sharing
Have a nice week

Warm Regards
Ingrid