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vulturine guineafowl's closeup

vulturine guineafowl's closeup
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-20 6:11
Viewed: 1597
Points: 14
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This is the full frame close-up of this interesting bird that i took a few days ago at Islamabad bird park. One of the senior officials at bird park told me that its a male bird. I observed some 6 to 7 white guinea fowls, probably females constantly chasing the lone fellow. In my shot one can see a portion of white guinea fowl in BG. In Punjab different varieties of Guineafowls are kept as pets and they seem to like the company of common hens and roosters very much. To me vulturine guineafowl is a very beautiful bird with lovely blue, black and white feathers on its body. From a full frontal closeup (head and neck area)it does look like an alien from starwars type of movies :). I do have the complete shots of this bird but here i wanted to show some details from a closer distance. Wikipedia has following info:

The vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is the largest extant species of guineafowl. Systematically, it is only distantly related to other guineafowl genera. Its closest living relative, the white breasted guineafowl, Agelastes meleagrides inhabit primary forests in Central Africa. It is a member of the bird family Numididae, and is the only member of the genus Acryllium. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into northern Tanzania.

The vulturine guineafowl is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. This species' food is seeds and small invertebrates. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and will run rather than fly when alarmed. Despite the open habitat, it tends to keep to cover, and roosts in trees. It makes loud chink-chink-chink-chink-chink calls.

It breeds in dry and open habitats with scattered bushes and trees, such as savannah or grassland. It usually lays 4-8 cream-coloured eggs in a well-hidden grass-lined scrape.

Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards,

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Hello Akbar,
Brilliant in all aspects.....Incredible clarity, focus and sharp details. Very nice portrait. The exposure is perfect. The colors and contrast of this image are amazing.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Akbar,
great quality pic in every aspect. Well done and congratulation

hallo Akbar
WAUWH this is a beauty of a head
great details good sharpness and beautiful colours
i like this shot
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-20 12:24]

Hi Akbar,spectacular portrait of this very curious bird not often seen on TN,impressive quality despite the very small distance,the eye looks like a red rubin,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar

Excellent portrait of the vulturine guineafowl', fine POV and appropriate
vertical framing to his a long neck, beautiful eye-contact, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-20 19:17]

Hello Akbar,
It was nice of you to show us the close up portrait of this interesting bird. It's red eye, and feathers on the neck and small tuft behind the cheeks gives it an fascinating look.
Thanks and Regards,

Hi Akbar,
Bird portrait as it's best... Perfect sharpness, colors, lights and most of all composition, brilliant image! I hope you once return to TN to post photos of beauties like this! Hats off for you!
Kind regards, László

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