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Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 5:59
Viewed: 4726
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from my archive.

The Kori Bustard, Ardeotis kori, is a large bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight, although this title may also belong to the similarly-dimensioned Great Bustard.

The Kori Bustard is mostly grey in color, with a black crest on its head and yellow legs. Kori Bustards are often found with bee-eaters riding on their backs as they stride through the grass. The bee-eaters make the most of their walking perch by hawking insects from the bustard's back that are disturbed by the bustard's wandering.

This is a large and heavy bird, and avoids flying if possible. It spends most of its time on the ground, foraging for the seeds and lizards which make up most of its diet.

The male Kori Bustard averages at about 110 cm in length and stands 60-90 cm tall. An average male bird would weigh about 12.4 kg., but exceptional birds may weigh over 20 kg. A report exists of a 34 kg bird, but it is not verified and must be beheld with skepticism because it so much heavier than any other recorded weight for a Kori Bustard. The female Kori Bustard averages 5.7 kg and is usually 20% shorter than a male.

Like all bustards, Kori Bustards have polygynous breeding habits, where one male displays to attract several females and mates with them all. He then leaves the females to care for the young by themselves. The females build a nest on the ground and incubate the eggs, foregoing eating for days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings them a steady stream of food, most of it soft so the chicks can eat it easily.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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Hi Peter, wonderful shot of this interesting bird, Kori Bustard which is new for me. TFS.


Hi Peter
Really cool shot of this running Bustard

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-09 7:03]

Hello Peter,
Bustards are great birds and it's nice that you found this fine capture of a Kori from your archives.
Great POV and lighting with good sharpness to help to emphasize it against the similarly -coloured OOF BG.
TFS this superb image,

Hi Peter,
wonderful shot of running kori bustard,its very similar to indian bustard which is very rare. well done.

Hello Peter,

Mooie plaat van ik dacht de Grote Trap,deze vogel staat er mooi op in zijn natuurlijk omgeving en met camouflage kleuren.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-09 9:46]

Hi Peter,

I'm glad you are having the opportunity to delve into your archives. A very handsome bird who is well cammouflaged in this natural setting. Excellent colors and details - I like the position of his legs.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-09 9:50]

Hi. Very short on time tonight so just a note to say a great picture. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-09 14:45]

Great capture of this Kori Bustard!
Very good POV and an excellent composition.
Good lighting and natural colours.
Superb DOF.

Well done!


Hello Peter. Thanks for sharing this unique lanky bird that I have never seen before. Excellent sharpness and well exposed plumage captured in natural habitat. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-10 9:14]

Hello Peter

Very good camera work.
This is a very good capture of an interesting bird.
The plumage shows well.
Lovely detail in the markings.
Nice eye detail.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-10 11:39]

Hi Peter

What a great looking bird, I love the pose and the composition. Nicely sharp and I like the light in the eye



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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-10 11:46]

Hello Peter,

Excellent picture of this amazing bird. Very good POV, DOF and focus. Beautiful detail of the feathers. Good light and natural colours.

Hi Peter, splendid bird in great pose, perfect focus, great details ad excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Very handsome bird which you have captured with great skill, Peter.
The bird's stance is elegant and it seems to go well with the BG in terms of colours.
Thanks and regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-11 7:02]

Hi Peter,
Very nice post.I liked moment you caught,harmonious colors,clear eyes and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hola Peter, buena fotografia, bonita compo, nitidez y buena luz. Un saludo

Splendido momento di cattura di questo bello e strano uccello, ottimi POV e taglio compositivo con BG neutro, molto buona la nitidezza ed bellissimo il dettaglio dell'occhio, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 23:06]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this Kori Bustard in a fine walking pose with great timing. Very elegant looking bird and you have captured it with nice colours and sharp details. I like the natural setting here and the expressive eye. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-12 1:03]

Hello Peter,
I must say it is a great experience seeing a Bustard - we saw one in Australia where they're not easy to find. This is obviously a different species but they look pretty alike, same style when running!! Well-timed and very fine capture in good light.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-12 2:18]

An interesting bird indeed Peter, this one is new for me...it's plumage and body bears quite a lot of resemblance to the lapwing, and the grey colour on the neck and almost bulbous eye reminds me of the grey hornbill we have here in India.The eye gives a curious look and nice idea to capture the bird in motion.Very well picked up in its natural habitat.Well done.
TFS & Cheers

Great in the wild capture Peter..
I had a go at this interesting bird in captivity 3 years ago, it gave me fits. Hard light and a shadowed BG.
Well done & TFS,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-18 14:41]

Hi Peter,
I've never seen this one before, very interesting bird. Thanks for sharing

Hello Peter-I like this specie.I searched a lot this time,but I wasn't lucky.Nice captured.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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