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African Marabouts


African Marabouts
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Copyright: Jean Patrick Reiner (bedford67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 164] (438)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta XD7, 135mm f/2,8, Polarization filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-05 8:00
Viewed: 6383
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Marabou - Marabout d'Afrique (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Order - Ordre: Ciconiiformes
Family - Famille: Ciconiidés
Height - Taille: 140-150 cm
Envergure - Wing span: 300 cm

Although often observed in the marshes or at the edge of the lakes and African rivers, the marabou is not related to water. He also lives and nourishes himself in the arid and released bush and the raised savanna, everywhere where the temperature is high enough to produce thermal air currents on which he planes in circles.
It is when it planes that the marabou appears in all his majesty. It is then easy to identify with its big size and its massive beak. Because of its size and its weight, it planes lengthily, without beating wings in order to save energy. The more characteristic striking of the marabou is his enormous pendulus air bag whose utility is not established. It could be a reserve of food or, as it is more projecting during the nesting, an attribute used during the bridal parades. It is used in any case as cushion to support the weight of the large beak.


Original taken with a teleobjective of 135mm associated with a 2x teleconverter.
It was then digitized with a scaner AGFA SnapScan e50, then improved with Photoshop CS as follows:
Reinforcement of dark tone: 60%
Attenuation of light tone: 5%
Contrast: +10
Luminosity: +5


By hoping you will like the photograph, I will be happy to know your comments.

Bien que souvent observé dans les marais ou au bord des lacs et cours d'eau africains, le marabout n'est pas lié à l'eau. Il vit et se nourrit aussi dans la brousse aride et dégagée et la savane arborée, partout où la température est assez élevée pour produire des courants thermiques aériens sur lesquels il plane en cercles.
C'est lorsqu'il plane que le marabout apparait dans toute sa majesté, pattes et cou étendus. Il est alors facile à identifier grâce à sa grande taille et à son bec massif. En raison de sa taille et de son poids, il plane longuement, sans battre des ailes afin d'économiser l'énergie. La particularité la plus frappante du marabout est son énorme sac gulaire dont l'utilité n'est pas établie. Ce pourrait être une réserve de nourriture ou, comme il est plus saillant durant la nidification, un attribut utilisé pendant les parades nuptiales. Il sert en tout cas de coussin pour supporter le poids du gros bec.

Tiré du site http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/ciconiiformes/marabout.d.afrique.html

Original pris au téléobjectif de 135mm associé à un doubleur.
Il a ensuite été numérisé sur un scaner AGFA SnapScan e50, puis amélioré avec Photoshop CS comme suit:
Renforcement des tons foncés: 60%
Atténuation des tons clairs: 5%
Contraste: +10
Luminosité: +5


En espérant que la photo vous plaira, je serai heureux de connaître vos critiques.

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Bonjour Jean Patric!
Magnifique photo! Tout est beaux!
J'admire tes images.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-05 9:47]
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Superbe photo de ce groupe de marabouts. Très belles couleurs et plein de détails d'un oiseau rare.
Mais que lui arrive -t-il? Il s'est accroché la patte dans une branche?

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-05 13:23]

very nice one Jean Patrick,
I Like the composition a lot, very nice one,
It is a well frame shot, and a very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-06 4:02]

Lovely desert mood Jean Patrick! Taking off marabout stork is perfectly captured but looked slightly weird in this pose ;-) I like your post - picture with African soul!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-07 4:16]

Hello Jean!
Wonderful scane.Moment you caught,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.Very well done!TFS...:-)

A very funny subject, with the bird trying to get away from the weed caught on it's foot, but also technically good, well composed and lots of depth, due to the path leading away into the background.
Well done!

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