Little Black Beauty
- Juyona (16891)
- [2006-12-07 14:30]
Hola Loot, muy bonito y original colorido de este simpático pájaro, bellos tonos y nitidez, la luz es agradable... saludos
- goldfinchtr (2603)
- [2006-12-07 16:32]
My favourite species, one of the best photos of this species!!
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2006-12-07 21:22]
well composed, fine pov,
the sharpness is excellent,
lovely well saturated colors,
tfs & regards
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2006-12-08 0:05]
Beautiful little bird well captured. Sharp and clear image with details to appreciate. Exposure, sharpness, and color saturation are great. Very well done and TFS.
- elefantino (14406)
- [2006-12-08 1:15]
Hello Loot, it's a beautyfull bird I've seen many time during my trips in the southern Arfica region.
It's always a good spot!
Nice frame well managed and compoed.
- coasties (28054)
- [2006-12-08 5:21]
This little guy looks like he is on a mission. He has a variety of bright colours. What a lovely wee charachter he is. Well taken. TFS.
- blakitan (5517)
- [2006-12-08 6:43]
Superb shot, well focused, great DoF, great sharpness, and neat blurry BG. This bird seems to be very clean, eventhough it plays with the mud.
- manyee (23770)
- [2006-12-08 10:40]
What a cute bird, Loot.
The combination of the black feathers, red leg and bright yellow beak is stunning.
The expression conveyed by the slightly tilted head is very engaging.
But the light is what is really beautiful in this shot.
It brought out all the values in the black plumage,
and the highlights in the mud are so realistic without being OE.
A masterful shot, my friend.
TFS. : )
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2006-12-08 11:19]
Thanks for your visit, my friend. Hope you are keeping well.
Lovely Black Crake. The bird is a novelty for me. I like the matching colours of eye and legs. The beak, surprisingly, is yellow! What an interesting colour combination!
The image is perfect from every point of view.
Thanks and take care.
- wuta (2142)
- [2006-12-08 15:12]
Hallo Loot ,Het is weer een prachtige foto , hele mooie kleuren details scherpte licht en een mooie bg , Goed Weekend Teunie .
- Janice (18832)
- [2006-12-08 15:35]
Hi Loot, your long lens zoomed in very close to this shy little fellow. I'm not sure if it is my PC but it looks a tad soft to me. But it is 90% better than my bird photos :)
I like seeing the blue feathers showing among the black ones. And the red legs and eyes and yellow bill certainly brighten him up... I can tell he's related to our NZ swamp hens from the blue/black feathers.
Good one Loot, TFS
- jchemas (3396)
- [2006-12-08 18:17]
Superb shot of this little funny beautiful looking bird but it looks great and that is all that counts. Exposure, sharpness, and color saturation are great, and the POV, DOF and BG are great.
The dark colors of the plumage look very detail and make an excellent color combination with the yellow of the beak and the red on the feet.
Very good shot my friend and also a superb composition.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2006-12-09 9:33]
Our(Belgium) national colors: black, yellow and red:-)
My first impression was: We got those in Holland too. But then reading you note, I noticed that we got some relative living here.
You've captured a beautiful pose, as if he's hunting for its dinner. Those eyes look like he can see straight through the mud. Is he standing on a embankment? Great control on the exposure and stunning colors captured. Maybe a slightly smaller aperture, so that its left foot was focused as well. But hey, you got spot on focus on the rest of the bird.
You managed perfect exposure on this one Loot. There is lots of detail in the black. It may be a black bird but it only serves to make the wonderful color of legs, eyes, and beak that much more striking. I suppose that the beak is that color year round. We have a number of birds with brighter colorful beaks during the breeding season only. Do you hand hold that big lens?
Evelynn : )
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2006-12-09 23:11]
She is red, purple, black, reddish black & all sorts of attractive colours. Have Faved. it.
Most clear presentation.
EXTREMELY well focused.
Very well composed.
LOVE your notes.
Best regards, Mario.
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2006-12-10 9:25]
Cette prise est parfaite,les détails du plumage,les couleurs et la pose de l'oiseau tout est parfait. Je crois voir cet oiseau pour la premičre fois sur le site.
merci et au revoir....JP
- scottevers7 (12309)
- [2006-12-10 13:03]
A new one for me, so this is superb. We don't have these in Illinois!
It looks like you managed the light extremely well. The coloring and detail in the black plumage is perfect. Vibrant red colors in the legs and eye. Then the bright yellow beak makes this guy really a cute and appealing little fellow. He is very intent on finding himself a snack in this pose. A excellent piece of camera work.
As usual, your notes are worth the price of admission alone. Very informative and complete. Thanks for always teaching me some knew things.
- SkyF (8073)
- [2006-12-11 9:27]
it sure is a beauty, quite the colors on this little bird. Very well captured, the details in the black plumage show up perfectly. Great POV and wonderful sharpness.
- marhowie (486)
- [2006-12-11 20:03]
Great shot, I like it. The exposure was managed very well with nice detail/color throughout..I find the POV, "hunting" pose and muddy ground, combined with the distinctive bright red eye, legs, & yellow beak a treat for the eye :)
Thank you mf.
- chiliu (6526)
- [2006-12-13 2:34]
This is a very pretty bird and you have captured nicely with great colours and good detail.
Thanks for sharing!
- whjb (683)
- [2006-12-13 5:12]
Vorige kommentaar se dit alles. Well done.
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2006-12-13 8:06]
a small and beautiful bird. The yellow beak is great, don't look natural. The exposure are spot on, the black plumage have a lotes of details and shimmer in a lot of dark tones, beautiful. Good sharpness and details. And I love the low POV.
And of course a great and informative note.
Great work, my friend.
- osse (7805)
- [2006-12-13 9:31]
This one reminds me of kivi bird. Good colours, sharpnes, light, details and POV.
Well done mf.
- pilonm (3321)
- [2006-12-14 8:18]
It seems that you were very lucky to be able to take that picture being so near of the bird!!! I'm very surprised about the color of the beak...! How the natural selection bring that so brilliant color to a so dark bird!!! And as the female and the male are the same in color it is not a sexual dimorphism... I like to see the bird within its natural environment too!
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2006-12-15 3:26]
another one of your very loveable creatures presented with passion and care. The bird's colours of deep black and bright yellow and red against the mud look very appealing. I like the juicy wet mud blinking in the bright sunshine just as that bird does. Composition is excellent with the elements in the soft background perfectly fitting in.
Thank you! Best regards,
- arfer (0)
- [2006-12-24 16:42]
A beautiful shot of this crake.A wonderful POV and DOF.These creatures are quite shy and dart between the vegetation.You were fortunate to capture it.Excellent detail and sharpness,especially in the plumage.Lovely rich colours and well composed in the frame.Well done.TFS
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2007-01-28 17:38]
Another excellent shot; your work really has excelled over the past year and hopefully you'll be around for several more.
Like most crakes, this is a rare encounter and you've taken full advantage will you equipment. I doubt you'll ever get a better shot of this species. Excellent result.
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2007-08-10 11:25]
I have read the comment of Suntoucher. He is a beetje right, but under the circumstances among which you have photographed. Well done. Chapeau. I have read the comment of Suntoucher. He is a beetje right, but under the circumstances among which you have photographed. Well done. Chapeau. I find it a beautiful prerecording. Sharp and full of colours. THE BG and POV are oké. Regards and TFS Bob
p.s I never seen this bird in Holland
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-03-12 2:06]
I remember the first time I saw this bird. I was bowled over by the very bright colour of the beak. Excellent shot on a rare and interesting bird. Excellent detail in the black feathers. I can see the feathers distinctly, even though the feathers are dark. Great colours and detail not only on the beak but also the huge rose-coloured paws and the eye. Love the muddy surface. Great notes as always. Thanks for the education.Thanks for sharing.
- betsie (0)
- [2008-09-11 4:23]
Mooi foto Loot. Fantasties hoe as die kleure mekaar komplimenteer
- fragman (43778)
- [2010-05-02 5:16]
nice portrait, TFS Ori