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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-25 13:10
Viewed: 946
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this 'Hamerkop' (Scopus umbretta) in Kruger National Park during our staying at Olifant Rest Camp. It was almost 12 O click when we were returning from our morning game drive, saw this wading bird waiting for fish. Light was harsh and had a chance of getting much shadow area as well as blown out feathers. So, here I reset my Camera setting to get at least a decent picture of this species in its natural habitat.

The shape of its head will tell you why it's called 'Hamerkop'.

The strangest aspect of Hamerkop behavior is the huge nest, sometime more than 1.5 meters (4 ft 11 inch) across and strong enough to support a man's weight!

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Hello Srikumar,
Amazing details and focus. Excellent capture with impressive quality.
The details are superb.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-09-26 2:28]

HI Srikumar,very curious species not often seen on TN.An excellent capture despite the mid-day light,perfect sharpness,and i like a lot the colorful background too. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-26 9:20]

Hello Srikumar,
I like this pose much better then the one I saw. You can see a lot more detail in its plumage as well as seeing its legs. I actually thought mine was a type of duck until I looked it up. Great capture!!

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of curious bird, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Srikumar,

The blurred background is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the Hamerkop, The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Sri,
Simplistic yet amazing photo with fine details on the plumage and very good sharpness. Background might IMHO be a little more mish-mashed, otherwise a superb shot. Congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, Laszlo

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