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Swainson's spurfowl

Swainson's spurfowl
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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: 2007-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2, Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-07 8:47
Viewed: 3793
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Swainson’s spurfowl or Swainson’s francolin (Francolinus swainsonii).

The francolins are members of the pheasant family.
Of the 41 extant species, 36 are exclusive to Africa.

My photo is captured in the southern part of Kruger National Park. Near Skukuza.

Photography and editing…
I’m referring to my other Kruger images. You will find them in my gallery and in my Kruger National Park travelogue. There, you can also read in–depth info about itinerary, weather, ecosystems,…

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day…

Annick Vanderschelden website link.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-07 8:52]

hi Annick,
nous sommes voisin aujourd'hui mais il n'y aura pas concurrence :)
superbe prise de face, avec des couleurs vives et une composition juste.


Hallo Annick
An opportunity well taken. What a beautiful big bird with lovely patterns and natural coloured feathers. This is a striking close-up with lots of details to appreciate. A interesting pose as if it was waiting for you to photograph it. The red ring around his eye is really stunning.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-07 9:54]

Hello Annick, Very nice shot and superb focus. The POV is perfect and also the composition. Excellently presented. Ganesh

Hi Annick, a perfect portrait shot of this cute francolin which is new for me my friend. Excellen shot. TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-07 11:07]

Hi Annick. A great pose in this picture of the Spurfowl. I love the look on its face.Good detail and colours. you have captured the feather markings so well. TFS.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-07 11:08]

Hi Annick , great portriat photo , excellent detail , color , depth of field , and a super head on pose. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-07 11:09]

Hallo Annick,
Wat een perfecte compositie en perfect standpunt. Alsof hij poseert en zich van zijn beste kant laat zien. Zoals gebruikelijk geweldige scherpte en fantastisch mooie kleuren. Schitterende foto!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-07 14:22]

HI Annick
Beautiful portrait.Excellent plumage detail and razor sharp image.
TFS Michel

Splendida composizione per questo bellissimo francolino che osserva con curioso fastidio, ottima nitidezza per un piumaggio dai colori fantastici, bellissimo BG dagli intrecci colorati. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Annick,

Excellent close-up of this Swainson's Spurfowl. Great sharp details, nice colours and good composition.



Hi Annick

Good front-on portrait of this francolin. I've not seen this one before.
Good sharpness and details. Good composition on a good background.


Ha Annick,

Prachtig close-up van deze fazant achtige
je bent hier vrij dicht bij gekomen en de meeste fazant achtige zijn meestal schuw

TFS Thijs

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-07 19:37]

Incredible shot Annick,
Extremely sharp and detailed in every aspect. You can even see where this bird was recently digging in the dirt. Great colours and perfect exposure!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-08 2:24]

Hi Annick,an unusual point of view to show the face of this swaison,excellent idea and perfetc realisation as your perfect style,the colors are fantastics,my best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Annick,
Again a great comp with excellent DOF/detail, color, and exposure.
Another interesting species from SA..
The mud on the beak is cool too :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-08 13:20]

Striking capture!!
The head-on POV is superb!
Really well composed.
Excellent DOF and BG.

Well done!


I love this one Annick.
Theres nothing quite so comical as a long necked bird eyeing you up.
The coloured face and patterned plumage are nice and sharp.
Beautiful shot.

Hi Annick,
a powerful, technically perfect, artistically well made character portrait. The whole object precisely within depth of field (tip of beak included), an elegant asymmetrical composition, a well fitting, well supporting savannah background. Great document of wildlife. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-09 10:01]

Hello Annick

Excellent pov and pose.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Wonderful plumage detail and definition.
Good eye contact.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-17 10:59]

Hi Annick

What a great stare, the direct eye contact is wonderful. The low POV makes him look quite dominant. Sharp, great DOF and very well composed



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