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Alpine Chough

Alpine Chough
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 17-85 USM IS Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 2:21
Viewed: 3836
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Alpine Chough – Scientific name : Pyrrhocorax graculus – Family : Corvidae.
Description : Size 30-38cm. Its plumage is entirely black and its legs orange-red. Its wings are short. The first year, the young bird still have a gray-brown nozzle and black legs.
Behavior : very social bird, it leaves in colonies in cracks and caves. It often planes while benefitting from the ascents along the rock faces. In winter passes more from time to average altitude, close to the villages and the ski resorts to exploit waste related to the human activity in mountain. One finds them in great number on the very attended tops, close to the refuges, where they become very familiar.
Habitat : common species in the Alps and the Pyrenees. Nesting observed from 500 to 3500m.
Photo : Verticaly cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.
My first photo with the Canon EOS 350D. Manual settings and focus.
Photographied during the breakfast on the balcony of my chalet at Chinaillon (1300m altitude) where he was waiting for my bread...


Happy new year 2006 to all TN members !

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-09 2:54]

Nice picture Christian. Perfect composition, superb sharpness and colors.

Hi Christian!
Long time... We'be been missing you!
Amazing, powerfull bird in fantastic pose.
Good work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-09 3:34]

Hello Christian!
Nice to see you here again.I wish you happy New Year too.Excellent capture.Details on black feathers are amazing.I liked POV,pose of bird,eye contact,blurred BG,3D effect and composition a lot.Enjoy with your new camera;).TFS....:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-09 3:36]

Hey Christian, how are you? Good to see you. Thanks for this great post of an unusual bird. You did a great job on it. The details are very sharp and the exposure is spot on. I like all the shades of black in his plumage. He has a bright eye too. Great POV. Felicitations, mon ami, and merci pour l'envoie. : )

Hi Christian,
Very nice capture with good POV and detail.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Christian

Wow... impressive shot. You have managed the black plumage perfectly. Stunning details with excellent eye contact. Nice work. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-09 4:35]

Hello Christian!

How are you?
Great capture for new [I hope better] year. Beautifull portrait of great bird. Black feathers make nice composition with yellow beak. Great work!

Quite an image, Chris. Looks almost B&W, but the yellow bill and red leggs are striking!
And have a good 2006 you too.

Regards, Petru

Hi Christian,
Excellent exposure on this guy. Nice color and detail in the black plumage. Fill flash did a good job. Nice sharp detail with great clarity.

Hi, Christian.
Good wholesize photo. You have done well in difficult light conditions. (strong light against). Good details and colors. Excellent sharpness.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-09 9:46]

Christian bonjour, vous voila de retour, bravo. Magnifique Choucas bien "piqué", au noir éclatant et à l'oeil vif. Mes compliments, Didier.

Hi Christian,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are spot on.
Good framing and POV.
Thanks for posting, Have a good week. A very Happy New Year to you Christian, may 2006 be a wonderful year for you.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2006-01-09 15:55]

It´s wonderful and perfect.

Hello Christian! Great to see you :)
This is a lovely picture!
The black feathers look great. I like them a lot. POV, compsition and details are very good, so is the exposure.
I like the picture very much.

PS. Happy New Year to you too, again ;)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-09 18:33]

Bonjour Christian, très heureux de te revoir pour le partage.Cette prise est très jolie,l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les reflets et détails dans le plumage.Par contre un petit moin pour la pose de l'oiseau sur ce garde ou clôture.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-09 20:53]
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Est-ce une bonne photo, à mon humble avis?
Oui. Elle serait excellente si ce n'était de ce perchoir un peu de biais.
Est-ce que la note m'apprend quelque chose de nouveau?
Certainement puisque je ne connaissais pas le Chocard à bec jaune.
Est-ce que ce photographe participe activement à la croissance du site?
À coup sûr!
Qu'est-ce que j'éprouve vraiment en regardant cette photo?
Cet oiseau a un air coquin et espiègle. Je lui donnerais bien un fromage.
Est-ce que cette photo m'aide à progresser?
Oui. J'en apprend sur la gestion de la couleur noire.
Merci beaucoup Christian.

p.s.: je teste une nouvelle façon d'écrire mes critiques, question de me désennuyer un peu ;-)

Happy new year to you too dear Taz, you've been missed. Good catch of this black bird and I love his red legs and yellow beak. And I can see the snow behind him too in the BG. Well done.
I hope the alterations are all finished for you.

You've done excellent job here Christian. Tack sharp, perfect exposure and DOF. Very good detail, color and use of flash also.
This is an excellent first shot with your new 350D. I'm looking forward to many more my friend. Very well done & Thank You!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-10 23:31]

Très belle réalisation, on sent bien les tons de noir, c'est net et bien exposé. Très bel oiseau,je n'avais jamais vu de Choucas auparavant. Merci !


Very nice close up portrait of this Alpine Chough, it is quite the poser, It's good to see a post from you Christian and I hope that everything is fantastic with you. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-11 13:37]

Christian, this is a very beautiful photo.

Excellent pov and sharpness, great exposure, so that we can see lots of details upon the feathers.

Lovely pose and catchlight.

Hello my friend, I´ve missing you.
Congrats for your new cam. (I have a new oximeter to control my lung :-( )
This is an excellent portrait shot about this nice black bird. Brilliant sharpness and clarity, excellent lighting and great POV. Thanks for posting.

This is a very nice capture of a difficult subject. Love the pose. Well done, Christian.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-13 2:35]

Hi Christian,
very nice portrait. Good colours and DOF. I like it a lot. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Christian,
It's a very nice bird we don't have in Poland. I have never seen it in nature. Personally, I think it's very funny - all black with yellow beak and red feet. Looks like wears feet borrowed from someone else :-)
Best greetings,

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2006-01-13 11:52]

Quelle chance d'avoir un oiseau sur son balcon, c'est pas à moi que ça arriverait...je n'ai pas de balcon.
Bref! excellente image, tout est beau même si la robe de l'oiseau n'est pas colorée.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-17 21:37]

Bonsoir Christian,
Très réussi cette photographie du chocard à bec jaune, difficile le plumage noir et vous avez réussi à la perfection, beau cadrage et couleurs bien contrastées.

Christian de Québec !

bonjour christian
a bein la on le voit bien le fameux choucas des alpes.c'est un beau portrait et comme indiqué dans la note ,c'est un adulte.merci donc pour la note.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-08 9:48]

Christian, great details and contrast. Perfect exposure as always. Just watch out with the horizontal line!

This crow seems like a chicken:) Especially with its wide breast and astonish looking eyes..Very good photo of this species.Thanks for sharing..

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