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Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard
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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-20 4:40
Viewed: 4315
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori, German "Riesentrappe") is a large bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight, although this title may also belong to the similarly-dimensioned Great Bustard.

The Kori Bustard is mostly grey in color, with a black crest on its head and yellow legs. Kori Bustards are often found with bee-eaters riding on their backs as they stride through the grass. The bee-eaters make the most of their walking perch by hawking insects from the bustard's back that are disturbed by the bustard's wandering. This is a large and heavy bird, and avoids flying if possible. It spends most of its time on the ground, foraging for the seeds and lizards which make up most of its diet.

The male Kori Bustard averages at about 110 cm (3.7 feet) in length and stands 60–90 cm (2–3 ft) tall. An average male bird would weigh about 12.4 kg (26-27 lb), but exceptional birds may weigh over 20 kg (44 lb). A report exists of a 34 kg (75 lb) bird, but it is not verified and must be beheld with skepticism because it so much heavier than any other recorded weight for a Kori Bustard. The female Kori Bustard averages 5.7 kg (11 lb) and is usually 20% shorter than a male.

Like all bustards, Kori Bustards have polygynous breeding habits, where one male displays to attract several females and mates with them all. He then leaves the females to care for the young by themselves. The females build a nest on the ground and incubate the eggs, foregoing eating for days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings them a steady stream of food, most of it soft so the chicks can eat it easily. (Wikipedia)

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Hi Achim,

Fine capture of a this bustard:) in fine pose with impeccable clarity and delihgtful composition
TFS and cheers,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-20 6:04]

Hallo Achim,
Eine imposante Erscheinung und doch kann dieser grosse Vogel sich sehr gut ins Gelände einfügen, wie es Dein Bild schön zeigt. Wie immer feine Farben und ein interessantes Posting.
Ich kannte diesen Kranichvogel nicht und habe wieder mal was gelernt :-)
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Achim! Wonderful scene. Good POV and capture. Ideal exposure. Perfect sharpness. Nice frame. Well done!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-20 8:26]

Hi Achim,

Again today. Details and beautiful colors, congratulations.
A species that I've never seen one yet.
Hi a pleasant evening,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-20 9:14]

Hi Achim.
I am amazed with wonderful three-dimensional image of a nice bird. Transparency and clarity of the image are great as well as crisp sharpness of the image at whole. Natural colours are looked perfectly. Bravo. Perfect work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-20 9:28]

Hello Achim,
A fine capture of a Kori Bustard taken in difficult lighting. The POV, pose and sharpness are excellent and it shows well against its natural habitat.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Achim,
Good capture of a this bustard with a beatitful composition.
TFS and regards.Ferran

hello Achim

excellent photo of the Kori Bustard on his graceful pose,
fine POV and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-08 23:33]

Hi Achim,
very beautiful capture of this unique and special bird for me.
Never seen it before and the surrounding seem so similar with the body colours.
Well shown in great details.


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