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Black-bellied bustard

Black-bellied bustard
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 10:33
Viewed: 3542
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Black-bellied Bustard
captured in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

The displayed behaviour is really specific…
In courtship display the male retracts his head to his back, giving "a short rising wheezy whistle, zhweeeeee", pauses in that position, and slowly raises his head, giving "a popping quock or plop followed by soft gurgling" (Zimmerman, Turner, and Pearson 1999).
In the image you can view part of this process…
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a sound link.

Same bird photo in my gallery.
Ecozone and geology.

..subsequently Lightroom and CS3

file info
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
11/10/2007 14:05:36
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Thank you very much for looking
…and wish you a sunny day.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-05 12:45]

bonjour Annick,
jolie image sauvage en milieu naturel, j'aime ce côté paparazzi à l'affût de l'animal rare. Bon timing de déclenchement pour l'avoir de profil.


Bonjour Annick,
superbe image parfaitement maitrisée, les couleurs sont splendides, la présision du focus est parfaite,

Hi Annick,

Very good portrait of bustard with good pose, sharp details, good composition.



Bellissimo momento di cattura, eccellente POV, molto bella la composizione che esalta la postura del collo, ottima nitidezza e molto belli i colori e splendido BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-05 13:59]

Fantastic shot of this Bustard, Annick!!
What stunning detail and excellent clarity.
The light is perfect!
Brilliant low-down POV that gives a very natural view of this bird.
Superb DOF and BG.
Very, very well done!

What a beauty,you must have disturbed her doing something very secret! She inspires me for a new sculpture that I just started today.Thanks, CarOze

great composition! TFS Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-05 23:01]

Hi Annick

A great close-up shot - good composition and excellent POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.

Just back from Ireland - sorry missed some postings.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-05 23:23]

Hi Annick,
A very nice portrait. A like the shallow DOF,color tones and composition. TFS

Hi Annick, splendid portrait with superb details and excellent sharpness, good focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-06 8:42]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of this Black-bellied Bustard sticking out its neck. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. The loooong neck looks so interesting and I like the intensity on its eye. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hola Annick, una buena aproximación, con excelente detalle y buen encuadre. Un saludo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 12:02]

Hallo Annick,
Het houdt maar niet op met dit soort fantastische foto's. Volgens mij loop ik nog steeds achter met het beoordelen van je foto's, maar er is ook zoveel moois te zien. Schitterend verrassende pose. Technisch weer van heel hoog niveau. Perfect!

Whyyy... I'll bet that little "bustard" is trying to steal someone else's girlfriend. ;) :)

As always, this is meticulously well captured and processed at every level.

My only recommendation would be to cheat a little and brighten the bird's eye color to make it more easily visible and therefore stand out better.

As with human portraits... the eyes of all nature's creatures are the center of viewer attention.

Very nice Annick, another new & exciting specie you bring us.
Until this "bustard" ran into you, he never looked so good ;-}}

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-06 21:10]

Poor bird with a name like that. And the noise they make doesn't sound too thrilling either.
Nice, sharp capture Annick. Good details and colours, and an interesting bird all over

Hello Annick,
A good looking bird, that huge eye is a real eye-catcher, hehehe!
A fine portrait as he is popping out of the grass, great details in the feather coat...
Good 3-D effect, the subject stands out very well!
Pablo -

Bonjour Annick
Excellente photo, j'aime la pose originale de ce bustard
Bien vu

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-07 7:48]

Merhaba Annick,
excellent sharpness splendid portrait with superb details and good focus, very well done. TFS Hüseyin

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