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Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 3:55
Viewed: 3877
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is taken in Pretoriuskop restcamp,most of the time we walked after our morning drive and breakfast in the restcamp to stretch the legs a bit and there were mostly always opportunities to make some shots ,in the restcamps of the krugerpark mostly birds but I have seen as well Mongoose , Impala, Warthogs, Bushbuck ,Baboons and Vervet Monkees to name a few.

The Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It breeds in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies and southern France.

It breeds in warm, fairly dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland. It lays its large clutch of 20-30 eggs in a well-hidden lined scrape, and the females incubate the eggs for 26-28 days. These guineafowl live as long as 12 years in the wild.

The Helmeted Guineafowl is a large (53-58 cm) bird with a round body and small head. They weigh about 1.3 kg. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. Like other guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head, in this case decorated with a dull yellow or reddish bony knob, and red and blue patches of skin. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is also short.

This is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. Its diet consists of seeds and small invertebrates. Guineafowl are particularly well suited to consuming massive quantities of lyme disease carrying ticks. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and are more prone to run rather than fly when alarmed. They are, however, very agile and powerful flyers. Helmeted Guineafowl are great runners, and can run 5 km in a day. It makes loud harsh calls when disturbed. Their diet consists of a variety of animal and plant food; seeds, berries, greens, small snails, spiders, and insects.

Hope you like it and TFW

elefantino, ralfsworld, delic, Shoot_Score, Adanac, fartash, jaycee, nainnain, Tamrock, JORAPAVI, RII, stevkds has marked this note useful
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Hello PAUL, nice portrait of this colorfull bird.
Good details and colors.

Nice portrait of this Helmeted Guineafowl. Good details and natural colours with cool expression. I have seen this guys in Kenya and Tanzania.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-05 5:01]

Interesting profile for sure. Impressed by the colors. I'm glad you didn't turn up the saturation. Thanks for the well-presented and informative series from Kruger.

Hi Paul! I expected a Swedish bird... ;)
Instead we have one of Loot's flock, eh!

I am still a wee dazed each time these
birds send my head spinning! Or is that
so confused that I don't know where to turn its pecker?

See WS for my take... hope you don't mind ;) ;j.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-05 7:22]

Hi Paul,
Very detailed capture with great colors. Mother nature has great variety of creatures with some on the strange looking side. Thanks for sharing Paul.

Hello Paul
Excellent shot of this Guineafowl,
Great sharpness and compo,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-05 11:12]

Hi Paul,

I must admit I had no idea what this was until I read your notes. It is an amazing looking creature and the colors and details are excellent.


bonjour paul
l'oiseau n'est pas tres gracieux mais vous en avez tiré un excellent portrait avec des couleurs superbe et surtout une bonne netteté.

bonjour PAUL
allez on va pas dire qu'il est vraiment beau!!!(humour) mais tres bonne réussite, des détails parfaits et des couleurs nettes sur bon BG
bravo et merci

Hello Paul,
This is one of the weirdest birds I have seen in my life. Nature can look so strange sometime and take so many forms :) Wow... This is a very nice portrait of this stunning bird with great details, POV and composition. Those colors and shape are amazing. This is a much interesting post. Thanks,

hi paul!
whats that?:))
fine portrait on a amazing bird!
sharp with good composition and
nice pov and dof
good shot!

Hola Paul,
Mágnifico retrato, el color, nitidez, la luz y el fondo son geniales. Un cordial saludo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-06 3:31]

What a funny pose and shape, Paul.
Very interesting presentation of this guinea fowl.
It takes a few seconds to orient oneself to figure this form out.
Great details and light.
TFS. : )

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2007-03-06 21:31]

Hi, Paul.

Very nice close up with natural colors, good details and point of view,complet note.


Hi paul. Excellent portrait... Very good study. Well done.
tfs. Stev

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-14 14:48]

Hi Paul, Jay showed me his excellent workshop and I just had to visit the original.
These are such strange looking birds and I have photographed them on NZ too. Very good coluurs and details. Well done

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