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Check-out his Pantaloons

Check-out his Pantaloons
Photo Information
Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Exposure: f/5.5, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hornbills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-29 7:35
Viewed: 5499
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the 4th hornbill in the mini series. It is a full frontal of a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, taken @Krugersdorp Game Reserve on 13th July 2004 @ 15h13. The WS shows a side-on view of the same bird. Just check-out those lovely pantaloons he is wearing with such panache! One of the reasons I like mug-shots is that I find the composition so much easier – the tail and legs always add a degree of difficulty – change the f-stop etc. - generally, the tail “goes off” in focus. They are large, hole-nesting birds. The nest hole is some cavity in a suitable tree or wherever they find a hole. I read about one who used an old, discarded milk can, and who literally was cooked to death in this metal oven in the hatch summer temperatures. So, finding the right hole is very important. The female moves into the hole, then she plasters the opening close, the male helping from the outside. They only leave a small slot, through which she is fed. She uses her own feathers as/for nesting material, since she moults while incarcerated. She is totally dependent on the male during this time, as she also looses her flight feathers. She lays her eggs on different days, but incubation starts immediately, so the chicks hatch at different times too. The male must feed her the whole time, & the growing brood. It is incredible how the raising of the family in this hole progresses. She leaves first, closing the opening, the oldest chick helping her. She has scarcely left, or the chicks start to plaster the opening close. Some days later, the first hatched chick leaves. Now it is his turn to break out, while his younger siblings try their best to keep him “in” while he is busy “breaking out”. While one chick is “breaking out”, the others are desperately and simultaneously trying to close the hole again! This rigmarole continues until the last chick leaves the nest! Taken @Krugersdorp Game Reserve on 20th August @ 15h42; ISO 200 @ -0,7 EV; Nikon D70; Sigma 120-300 F2.8 lens & 2X converter @ Focal length 320 mm; 1/800 @ F5.6; Program Auto Mode; no flash, Pattern Metering Mode; Manfrotto Tripod and Wimberley head; cropping L&R; little USM & some Hue & saturation brightness; reduced to Site size. Bird is hopping on the ground, as I am.

Lesley, ellis49, AndyB, mogens-j, AdrianW, pompey, carper, gerhardt, japie, TAZ, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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To japie: 2X converterCallie 2 08-31 15:26
To Lesley: CharacterCallie 1 08-29 08:21
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Love this...I think this bird has so much personality in it's looks. Some may say "ugly", but I say character! The colors here are fabulous and the lighting is that magical "golden hour" light...your use of DOF is super and focus is spot on for me. great job, great photo!

Ugly butlovely.
Great Callie.
Good composition , very nice colors , very good DOF and great details.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-29 8:49]

A very nice capture.
The lighting is excellent,giving lovely warm tones of colour.
Excellent DoF and the bird is giving a great pose.
A great note too,very well done.

Well now he looks a little like he has got it for to-day and really would like you to go away. Very nice pose showing the character of the bird - as Lesley write. Colours and cropping are perfect.

The lighting is superb, colour is really good, and the birds character shines through. To me this is one of your best (along with 'Ingwe') Both images are fantastic.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2004-08-29 10:54]

It looks so prehistoric. Great shot, great note, excellent composition.
I love the big beady eye the furry trousers and the striped socks.
Well captured Callie!

Great shot, these are beautiful birds. Good catch

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-29 12:25]

Very good one again Callie,
Very good composition, great dof, very good colours, exelent note, very good job.
Hartstikke goed man.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-29 12:56]

This really is a funny looking bird. He looks mad, and I would be too given those features! ;-). It is a great shot Callie, the colours are gorgeous and composition is wonderful. Very good work.

Oh Yes! This is a very nice shot of this Hornbill, Callie. The colours really comes out. The pattern on the feathers, the bill, the pantaloons... oh hell. Everything. Great shot. Bird master.

Callie, Another old man looking ugly ;-) But very well taken. I look forward to the time when I get my tele and start taking bird photographs. I guess Lesley is right they seem to have character. I have seen several shots where you clearly can wee the different emotion in the pose and the eyses of them.
Another very good bird shot.
Greetings, Jan

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-30 5:59]
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Very nice warm colors and the bird seem to have posed for you (hiding his tail in his shadow). I notice that most of your shots are through a 2X converter. Is there any reason for not using a bigger lens in place of the 2X. You get stunning results with the 2X, maar ek het net gewonder.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-30 10:55]

Cet oiseau avec son bec incroyable est super ! Belle composition aux couleurs chaleureuses.
Well done !

That is the most incrediable bird story I ever read....... I would never want reincarnation to be true, and end up as a hornbill! Excellent picture also, clear, and the hornbill looks a bit annoyed?

Ohh yeah, this is one mad on the morning bird ! Or so it looks of course ...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-01 17:20]

Callie, I do like when you shoot birds. And our friend above is an exquisite one - at least for me.


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