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Crested Fireback

Crested Fireback
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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: 2014-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-24 10:05
Viewed: 1968
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back from an holiday week in Germany. With two visits at the biggest bird par in the world: Welt Vogel Park Walsrode. Made a lot of photos there. The weather conditions were not ideal, but I still have enough photos to present here in the next weeks.

And of course I start with a new bird for TN.

The Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) is a medium-sized, up to 70 cm long, forest pheasant with a peacock-like dark crest, bluish black plumage, reddish brown rump, black outer tail feathers, red iris and bare blue facial skin. The female is a brown bird with short crest, blue facial skin and spotted black-and-white below.

The Crested Fireback is found in lowland forests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. There are four subspecies of the crested fireback. Males of the subspecies from Borneo and Bangka Island, L. i. ignita (lesser Bornean crested fireback) and L. i. nobilis (greater Bornean crested fireback), have brown central tail feathers, whitish legs and are rufous below. The male Vieillot's crested fireback, L. i. rufa, of the Thai-Malay Peninsula and most of Sumatra has white central tail feathers, red legs and bluish black streaked white below. The final subspecies, Delacour's crested fireback, L. i. macartneyi, is found in south-eastern Sumatra and the male has white to the tail, whitish legs and a variable amount of rufous below. The female of L. i ignita and L. i. nobilis have a dark, blackish tail and whitish legs, while female of L. i.a rufa has a chestnut brown tail and red legs.

The diet consists mainly of plants, fruits and small animals. The female usually lays between four to eight creamy white eggs.

Due to ongoing habitat loss and overhunting in some areas, the Crested Fireback is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix III of CITES in Malaysia.

Source: Wikipedia

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We are neighbours today!!!
Another spectacular posting with great notes to accompany it.
SUCH LOVELY COLOURS ... all natural too.
Greetings from Mario.

hallo Peter
Heb je nog wat kunnen scoren daar
deze is super mooi ,die kleuren springen er goed uit
goed van scherpte en hij kijkt leuk naar
pracht plaat
bedankt gr lou

Hello Peter - Congratulation for such beautiful and new species. It's face looks like Indian Peacock. Well captured in its natural habitat. Very nice colour and sharpness. Glossy feathers look splendid. Thanks for sharing. Regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-24 11:41]

Hi Peter,this is truly incredible,looks like a painted statue! Fantastic specie and fantastic pic too,the detail and the colors are truly perfect despite the dark light,very very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2014-10-24 14:41]

Olá Peter bela ave com cores muito boa meus parabéns pela esta foto tăo magnifica.

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a nice Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
Beautiful photo, despite the very slight blue overcast on the whole pic. Sharpness and pose are excellent, and I also like the eye contact very much. Seems you had a productive weekend and we'll have many interesting images to look at. Thanks and congratulations for posting a new species to TN again with high photographic quality.
Best regards, László

Ciao Peter. Colours fantastic! Excellente DOF perfect details.


Hello Peter,
Wow! an outstanding capture,Lovely colours,details and Composition.
Best regards..Joy

Hello Peter,
A beautiful bird(I have seen them before in my country), lovely colours, excellent sharpness details and great highlighted eye, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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