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Over My Shoulder

Over My Shoulder
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Copyright: Anton Prinsloo (Anton) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, AF-S Nikkor VR 200-400mm F/4 G
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 11:58
Viewed: 5072
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
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This is one of a series of pictures that I took of the Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) or Orange-throated Longclaw as it is commonly known in South Africa. I have posted a previous picture of this beautiful bird here and would like to share this one with a back side view with you as well. I thought that this is a very good pose. I hope you enjoy it.

Looking back over my shoulder
I can see that look in your eyes

This species is a common resident and has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 820,000 km². It is common in moist short grassland, vleis, seasonally flooded grassland; usually without trees where its food is insects and grass seed. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as 'frequent' in at least parts of its range. The species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-07-18 12:03]

Pas de doute, le photographe est un intrus!
Bonne journée.

Hi Anton, nice pose today, better than the first.
This bird is really colorfull and the pic has great details.


Hi Anton,
Very nice nice capture of this Cape Longclaw.
Great POV and colors. Nice framing;

Hi Anton,

You did very well again. I like this bird! I prefere this photo instead of the other one because of its composition. Very original position from the bird! TFS,

Hi, Anton!
Beautiful bird and colors! I like your frame too.
Good DOF and sharpness.
TFS. Tanya.

This is a great capture showing the main attributes such as the long claw and the orange breast of the bird that is associated with both venacular names. Very nice DOF isolates the main subject from the background. :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-18 12:49]

Hi Anton,

A great shot of this colorfull bird,I like the way how he looks back,well seen and captured,


I like the pose more than the one you posted previously, but I also think you did much better postprocessing this one. Now I dont see any nits, and I like to find them :)
Very pretty shot, Very good details too although it is a bit small for me, as I work in 1280x1024.
Well done on the unusual framing too, I apreciate it.
Regards, Felipe.

PD: I have seen the size of the photo is 140 Kb. Try to use "save to web" command when saving the photo, and adjust the jpg compression just below 200Kb. This way you avoid colour compression problems like the noise on your Orange-throated Longclaw grey BG. Your image will be optimized to the exact size and with colours used by browsers like IE or NN.

compositioìn is very good, but DOF is unnatural. it seems paint. perhaps I'm wrong, but, to me, this is my first impression.

Hello Anton,
Hehehehe, funny pose... Did you call him?
The position gives a fine view of the back of the bird, impressive details in the feather coat!
Great clarity in colours in this well composed image...
Pablo -

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-18 14:01]

Hello Anton, great pose with this lovely bird. Splendid colors and sharpness too. Very well done, Didier.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-18 16:11]

That is a really beautiful bird, Anton.
Your POV really shows off its gorgeous colors and patterns.
I just love that bright orange throat.
Sharp details and great exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-18 16:12]

Hi Anton,
Beautiful contrast between the soft colours of the whole photo and frame and the strong orange of the bird's troat. Good details and pose of the bird.
Well done and TFS

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-18 21:09]

Beautifully rendered, Anton. Great capture, too.

Hi Anton, great shot and the frame enhances the pic. Good DOF and the subject is very crisp. What a fantastic pose you managed to capture.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-19 18:10]

Hi Anton,
Great picture with a brilliant composition, it really does like you have just shouted hey and he has turned around to say what do you want.

TFS Hilary

Hi Anton

Great shot. Well done on the composition, POV and sharpness. :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-20 3:11]

Hi Anton,
This bird stand out very well again the blured background! Great pose, very good details and composition. Good use of dof and excelente pov.
TFS, José M.

Very beautiful picture.
Good colours. Sharpness okay.
Annick Vanderschelden

Beautiful shot,Anton!
Great colors,sharpness,POV,DOF...perfect!

this is a beautiful bird that I have never seen before and you have captured it very well. I love the sharpness and clarity in the picture and the lighting and colours are exceptional.


hi anton
un petit regard vers l'objectif pour nous montrer ses belles couleurs,cet oiseau a joué les modeles pour vous.photo tres bonne.

Beautiful color and composition with nice presentation. Good work. Regards, Roy.

Wonderful shot, beautiful bird.

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