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Pterocles decoratus

Pterocles decoratus
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 6:37
Viewed: 6749
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male black-faced sandgrouse (ganga de cara negra)

An attractively patterned bird with very clear, clean markings. There are 2 similarly marked sandgrouse (the Four-banded and Lichtenstein's) but neither of these has a black throat. The male (left), is easily distinguished from the female (right) by the black mark through the face and the white stripes above the eye. The immature (centre) shows white-tips to the feathers.

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This photo is taken in Samburu National reserve, in Kenya. Small modification of the original format. I have made a workshop with another format. It is a species difficult to see and to photograph by their mimicry, their colors cause that it is confused with the dry grass and the ground.

ISO 100
Focal 400.0 mm

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Great shot of a great bird.
Nice colors and details. Very good focus!

Nice shot, Ferran!
I have seen this bird in the same area. Nice details and colours.

Beautifully done. Hasn't been seen on TN, I think.

The image is nicely sharp and the composition is very good. Do I detect a little excessive magenta in the colours? I'm not sure...

Well done!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-07 7:45]

Hi Ferran,
Very attractive bird with marvellous fine colours and patterns. You present it very sharply despite of the surrounding in the same colours.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-07 8:00]

Hello Ferran,
Excellent capture of a species of sandgrouse new to me.
This is sharp and well-composed and the colours show the potential camouflage that you descibe in your note. I guess the camouflage aspect can make this species easier to approach and you must have been quite close.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-07 9:46]

Hello Ferran,
Very nice sharp shot of this beautiful shy bird which must be hard to capture as the camouflage colour is so perfect. You caught him in a very nice pose too and the sharpness and the colours are brilliant.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Ferran
Very good shot...you immediately see it is taken in Africa due to its specific warm colors.

great pic, the perfect postcard, TFS Ori

Hi Ferran,
Congratulations on this amazing capture.
I like this a lot - great POV, composition contrast and sharpness.
The workshop is also good giving us more details of the bird.
TFS - Shir

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-08 3:49]

Hola Ferrán,
Excelente captura, muy nítida. Me gusta el ave y su color igual que el del suelo.
Un saludo, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-10 5:50]

Dos bellas imágenes Ferran... la original, una composición muy estética, la segunda una acercamiento mayor con la intención de mostrarnos muchos detalles del ave.
Hermosos colores, armoniosos, suaves sin saturación, con excelente punto de vista y adecuado encuadre para su presentación.
Me agradan el foco y la agudeza obtenidos, gracias a un correcto DOF, que además genera el necesario desenfoque del fondo de la escena.
Una entrega of very good level, thank you to share it.
de muy buen nivel, gracias por compartirla.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Two beautiful images Ferran... the original one, a very aesthetic composition, the second a bigger approach with the intention of showing us many details of the bird.
Beautiful soft colors, harmonious, without saturation, with excellent point of view and appropriate framing to their presentation.
I like the focus and the sharpness obtained, due to a correct DOF that also generates the necessary out of focus of the bottom of the scene.
A post of very good level, thank you for sharing.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hello Ferran
Very nice photo,nice saturation and POV
Good job,regards,TFS

* Piotr *

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-28 3:04]

Hi Ferran,
excellent patterns well seen in superbs sharpness. The colours are smooth and beautiful.
Well captured in good view.


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