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Red-legged Partridge

Red-legged Partridge
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A painter's dream [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-19 7:12
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken in the Weltvogelpark Walsrode in North Germany.

Walsrode Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world in terms of land area (The Jurong Bird Park in Singapore claims the largest number individual birds). It covers 24 hectares (59 acres) and houses some 4.000 birds of over 650 species from every continent and climatic zone.

The Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It is sometimes known as French Partridge, to distinguish it from the Grey or English Partridge.

It is a rotund bird, with a light brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.

This is a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply. The call is a three-syllable ka-chu-chu.

This partridge breeds naturally in south western Europe, in France and Iberia. It has become naturalised in flat areas of England and Wales, where it was introduced as a game species, and has been seen breeding as far North as Lancashire and Eastern Yorkshire. It is replaced in south eastern Europe by the very similar Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca). It is a non-migratory terrestrial species, which forms flocks outside the breeding season.
This species breeds on dry lowlands, such as farmland and open stony areas, laying its eggs in a ground nest.

Adult Red-legged Partridges are sandy-brown above, pinkish-buff on the belly, and pale grey on the breast, with a prominent gorget of black streaking, bold rufous and black flank-bars, a cream throat, pink legs, and a red bill and eye ring.

The crown and upper nape of adult Red-legged Partridge are a warm pinkish-brown; the fore crown and lateral edges of the crown are pale blue-grey, and the bird has a narrow off-white supercilium running from above the lores to the sides of the lower nape. The lores have a solid bar of black feathering above a patch of pinkish-red skin. This black colouration continues behind the eye, where it broadens, and then extends down around the throat-patch to meet the upper edge of the gorget. There is a patch of pale buff-brown feathering on the ear-coverts, adjoining the black. The eye is surrounded by a bright red eye-ring.

The chin and upper throat are creamy-white, and are bordered behind and below by a solid black gorget. The black colour continues down onto the lower throat as a patch of broad triangular black streaks on a pale sandy-grey background. Similar, but narrower, black streaks are present on a pale blue-grey background on the upper neck-sides, while the lower neck-sides are warm pinkish-brown. The breast is pale blue-grey, and the belly pinkish-buff. The flanks are marked with bold bright rufous-brown bars, typically between eight and ten; each bar has a narrow black leading edge, the background colour is off-white in front of each bar, and pale grey behind. The upper parts are plain, unmarked dark sandy-grey. The uppertail-coverts are similar in colour, and contrast with the pinkish-rufous tail-feathers.

The bill is bright red, the iris is medium brown, and the legs are pinkish-red.

Sources: Wikipedia

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nice pose, TFS Ori

A very interesting Partridge, Peter.
It has got a lovely plumage.
You have shot this fellow in mid-step.
The even light makes the subject stand out well againt a blurry BG.
TGFS and regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-19 7:34]

Hi Peter,
Very good photo of this Red-legged Partridges, TFS!

hallo Peter
Staat er mooi bij op 1 poot
goed van scherpte en mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Bonita toma de esta perdiz adulta. Naturalidad en la luz y en los colores.
Saludos Peter.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-19 7:48]

Hi Peter
What a lovely Red-legged Partridge!
Great details and colors.
Perfect shot!

Hi Peter
What a beautiful shot from you!
Fantastic details and colors to this bird.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-19 8:39]

Hi Peter,what a position curious and humorous,it seem a professor wlaking and thinking..ehehe...beautiful pic whit the best quality to understand the nice design and colors of the plums...Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hello Peter
bello il modo in cui sei riuscito a ritrarre i colori del piumaggio. Ottimi i dettagli e la gestione della luce: come sempre le note sono molto interessanti.

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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-07-19 10:40]

Hello Peter!
Best moment, photographed off the bird.
Great composition, perfect quality!
TFS. Robert

Hello Peter,
This bird, standing on one leg, provides a very special touch to the photo! ... good job. My special congratulations by the brightness of the picture! is fantastic and eloquent! TFS, Regards, Jesús

Ciao Peter. Impressive DOF and excellent details for this cute "fat and coloured" friend.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-19 11:29]

Hello Peter,
lovely detail and colours in this pretty and unusual looking Partridge feathers, very well done.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter
This is really a special image. The colours and detail of the feathers is striking, the expression on the face priceless and the one lifted red leg worth an A+. This Red-legged Partridge is indeed a stunning bird, and you have captured it well. Surely a painters dream as one actually get lost between the beautiful bright colours. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-07-19 13:55]

Hi Peter,

Very nice shot of this red-legged partridge.They are quite a lot of them in Albania. I have to say I have eaten quite of few dished made from this bird! They have beautiful white meat, chunky legs and easily more tasty than chicken. I love the shiny colourful stripes under the wings.

Thanks for sharing


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 14:33]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this beautiful partridge in nice pose,great clarity and perfect details.Very nice composition.TFS.
best regards,

Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic portrait of the Red-legged Partridge taken from an excellent frontal POV with superb sharpness and lighting, marvellous bright colours in a nice close composition.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-19 16:24]

Hi Peter,

A wonderful close-up of this Partridge. Judging from the expression on his face you might have been too close for his comfort. Excellent details of the face and feathers. I like the pose on the rock and the blurry leafy background.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-20 1:11]

Hi Peter!

Very interesting bird in funny pose. I saw many pictures of birds in-flight but this one is first with bird in-walk :-) Detailed, colorfull and well exposed. Good work!

Ciao Peter, beautiful bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

Awesome capture of this pretty looking partridge! the colours and sharpness are nice and appealing.
Nice composition and exposure too.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-20 12:40]

Hi Peter. Firstly very interesting notes to go with this unusual looking bird. Its easy to see why its called this. You were ale to take this one with fine feather detail and natural looking colours. TFS.

Hello Peter
this red-legged Partridge superbly photographed, very nice pose and amazing details, great sunlight on his beautiful and colorful plumage
congratulations for this wonderful capture
Have a good night

Hello Peter
a lovely and pretty bird with nice composition and details.
Well done.

hello Peter

WOW ! this one it is a great close-up shot
of the Red-legged Partridge, WOW ! i love its pose
on the image and its eye-contact with you, superb focus
great sharpness and details of its wonderful plumage,
a very beautiful luminosity and natural colour tones, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-23 0:23]

Hello Peter,
I have never seen this red legged partridge. How sharp you show it and how well composed it is in the sharpness and clarity of the pattern.
Lovely view with good light hitting the feathers.
The one legged pose is also very excting.


Hello Peter.
This bird is beautiful and you have captured the shot well standing on one leg. The sharpness and details are pristine in fine exposure control.
Thanks and kind regards.

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