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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, (digital)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-01 12:11
Viewed: 4634
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(pterocles bicinctus),
it's a male, you can distinguish by the B/W bars on forehead.

More general info about sandgrouse family:

The sandgrouse are a group of 16 near passerine bird species in the order Pteroclidiformes. They are restricted to treeless open country in the Old World, such as plains and semi-deserts.

Sandgrouse have small, pigeon like heads and necks, but sturdy compact bodies. They have long pointed wings and sometimes tails and a fast direct flight. Flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk.

Legs are feathered down to the toes, and genus Syrrhaptes has the toes feathered as well.

Two to three eggs are laid directly on the ground. They are buff or greenish with cryptic markings. Most species are resident, but Pallas's Sandgrouse is eruptive.

Sandgrouse are traditionally placed in two genera. Two central Asian species in Syrrhaptes, and the rest in Pterocles, but recent research casts some doubt on this division.

* Order Pteroclidiformes
* Family Pteroclididae
* Genus Syrrhaptes
# Tibetan Sandgrouse, S. tibetanus
# Pallas's Sandgrouse, S. paradoxus
* Genus Pterocles
# Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, P. alchata
# Namaqua Sandgrouse, P. namaqua
# Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, P. exustus
# Spotted Sandgrouse, P. senegallus
# Black-bellied Sandgrouse, P. orientalis
# Crowned Sandgrouse, P. coronatus
# Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, P. gutturalis
# Burchell's Sandgrouse, P. burchelli
# Masked Sandgrouse, P. personatus
# Black-faced Sandgrouse, P. decoratus
# Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, P. lichtensteinii
# Double-banded Sandgrouse, P. bicinctus
# Painted Sandgrouse, P. indicus
# Four-banded Sandgrouse, P. quadricinctus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-01 12:40]
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That's a real little beauty you've captured here! Very sharp details and colours against the white/grey background. Where did you see this? I love these species!
TFS, Ulla

Great picture. It is not easy to show the details with backlighting, but you achieved it well. The right side could be a little bit darker tho, to match the back of the bird. Composition is great and sharpness is excellent. Really nice.

Ciao andrea,
Wonderful bird photo.Colours, details, sharp and compo are exellent.Well done.TFS.


Hi Andrea,
Very good sharpness and detail, just the right DOF to blur your surroundings well. Exposed well with nice color, great note :)
Well done & TFS!

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-10-01 13:50]

Hola Andrea, una toma preciosa, con mucha definición. Buen POV y DOF. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS

José Luis

Hi Andrea,
this bird is beautiful and you captured it so nice from the backside, so we can see the wonderful feathers very well.
It looks like it is standing in snow ;-) I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-01 14:13]

Hi Andrea,
wonderful picture of this bird. I first thought I saw snow. I think you really make cristal sharp images even with a teleconverter.

Your treasure chest of images from Namibia is truly rich, Andrea.
A supremely beautiful image of this grouse from the rear. Whatever time of the day you shot it, the light is heavenly and endows the image with unique beauty.

Hi, Andrea.
Tack sharp image. Great details. Good camera work.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-01 19:30]

Hi Andrea
Nice shot. Good details, sharpnes, light, colours, DOF and POV.
Well done mf


Ciao Andrea!
I can't believe how easy it is for you to get just the perfect exposure on a subject like this being sidelighted. I can't imagine this to be shot any better. Outstanding work. Congratulations,

I like how you caught the position of the sun to the left, gives a nice soft backlighting, well taken.


Bonjour Andrea
Très belle prise de vue avec ce joli oiseau qui ressemble beaucoup a nos perdrix
les couleurs et les détails ainsi que le cadrage sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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