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Use your fan, its hot!

Use your fan, its hot!
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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: 2004-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-03 9:13
Viewed: 4407
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoopoes are classed with wood-hoopoes & scimitar bills, and belong to the - Upupidae. The combined families number 12; 11 off from Africa. We have 4 species in SA; the hoopoe falling in its own group. These birds are all nest-hole breeders, using cavities & the abandoned nests of other species. Hoopoes are largely terrestrial and keep in pairs. They all produce a pungent smell from their preen gland, a sort of chemical warfare, to predators at bay. This is an African Hoopoe - Upupa africana - 25 – 28 cm. These birds are unmistakable, not readily to be confused with any other bird. They have a long, slightly decurved bill, and a beautiful fan crest, opened when the bird is alarmed. The tips of the crest are black. It has a cinnamon coloured body with black& white barring on the wings and tail. Hoopoes lives in pairs & are monogamous. Courtship rituals entail passing food between parties, up to 30 times before one of them will swallow it. Breeding season is in spring & early summer, peaking in September to October. She lays 1-6 eggs & incubates them alone, the male feeding her. The nest hole is unhygienic and foul smelling because they do not clean it. The call is a hoep hoep, & they will answer back if you call them.
Shot 10h22 in front of my property on the sidewalk where a pair was feeding. I was on my way to shoot some cheetah, when presto, there they were; I stopped the car in the middle of the road and grabbed the D70; about 50 shots later, they flew off. I tried to get an opened crest, & this was the nearest I caught one. BG is dry, winter grass and leaves. Nikon D70 & Sigma 120-300 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 600 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; 1/640 @ f11; no flash; Bean bag on window; bit of cropping, , Levels lighter; reduced to size and USM, faded to soft light to suit. Enjoy.

RAP, gerhardt, carper, ellis49, milloup, Esox, jhm, japie, PDP, avigur_11, Robbrown, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-03 9:19]

Gran captura Callie!
Me hace recordar al personaje de las caricaturas... jejeje.
Hermosos colores en composicion con los del fondo.
Excelente encuadre y profundidad.
Muestranos en otra imagen al ave completa... por favor :-)

Great capture Callie!
I make me remember to the personage of the cartoons... jejeje.
Beautiful colors in composition with those of the bottom.
Excellent frame and depth.
Show us in another image to the complete bird... please :-)

Prachtig hoofd Callie,
Great head again, with a good colours, and an exelent dof. Your note is also very good. Callie I love it. great job

Great shot of a " härfågel ".
Very sharp and good colors.
Excellent note as usual
Good job

Why didn't you include this chap's motorbike in the photo, too ;-)))
Great capture of this birdie with a laid-back hairdo, excellent colours and light ;-)

Superbe photo d'un animal que je ne connaissais pas encore, maintenant c'est chose faite.

Een hop !
Prachtig Cal !
What a colours and fine sharp.
Hope to see one once, I like these birds.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-03 13:38]

I love it!
Nice cropping and efficient DOF.
Good work.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-03 13:40]

Callie, al deze vogels zijn mooi, en ik weet niet welke de mooiste is, deze is uitzonderlijk mooi.
Callie, all these birds are beautiful, and I weet not which most beautiful it is, these are exceptionally beautiful.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-03 14:26]

Very, very nice capture. I had a pair that frequented my place, but then the Indian minors came and they left. Now that I have dealt with the Indian minors in a major way, I see that the are starting to visit again. This shot has excellent detail and DOF. I'm glad that it is winter grass in the background - It keeps the tones the same and emphasizes the birdie.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-03 14:46]

Wow, I've never seen a Hoopoe. Very interesting plume. Great earthy warm colours and a magic glint in the eye. Great detail and composition.

Callie, great thrill for me to meet a hoopoe as I've never seen one of those before. I like the distinctively shaped beak and of course the crest, and again the delicate detail in the plumage. Wonderful colors and again the best DOF, just great.

Great capture, those little birds are very difficult to catch, they are very fast and energetic, do you know the legend on their crown? :-)

Nugshot master once again, I am realy learning from your compo's on mugshots. You get it perfect every time. For six years the same Hoopoes nests in the rain gutter of my parents house. Now that I have my camera I will post some when they return in Spring. Nice work. Thanx for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-03 17:03]

A very nice capture.
Excellent composition and DoF,wonderful detail of the bird.
A great informative note.
Very well done.

Callie, This bird is very common in Israel, Callie. We usually see it in the authumn. We call it Duchifat. I like the combed-up "hair" and this long beak ( whivh is a worm-digger).

Very nice capture so sharp, the BG is nicley out of it leaving the Hoopoe to show off to the best looking out from the corner.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-04 0:19]

Nice shot so sharp. Good colors and detail.

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