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Ross's Turaco

Ross's Turaco
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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: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-29 8:16
Viewed: 3051
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Ross’s Turaco, musophaga rossae.

Africa - From Angola east to Zambia and then N through Zaire to N Tanzania, Uganda, western Kenya as far as S Sudan. From there the distribution loops W with small isolated populations in the Central African Republic and Cameroon.

Found in the canopy of evergreen and riparian forest these birds avoid deep forest and often wander to more open areas with scattered trees. They are primarily fructivorous eating a wide range of wild and cultivated fruits and berries although they are also known to take snails and insects. Their striking colour comes from the presence of 2 copper pigments, turacoverdin and turacin, which are unique to the Musophagidae. Despite popular myth these pigments do not leach out of the birds' plumage in heavy rain! As with other Turacos Ross's Turaco is a clumsy flyer but it is superbly well adapted for clambering through trees having semi-zygodactylic toes with the 4th toe reversible.

Source: www.kenyabirds.org

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hallo Peter
super mooie vogel ,en hij zit heel rustig op jou te wachten
mooie pose met super kleuren
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
Superb capture with amazing details and excellent colors.
Very interesting bird with amazing vivid colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Peter, beautiful turaco with fantastic colors, great capture in wonderful natural ambientation, fine details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

hello Peter

excellent photo of this exotic bird, with fine POV
appropriate framing, beautiful light, excellent contrast,
excellent focus sharpness and details, beautiful eye-contact,



Hi Peter
Another impressive exotic bird and a beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Peter, another strange bird, perfect pov and colors, A very beautiful capture. Regards, Paolo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-29 10:23]

Hi Peter.
What an impressive bird. I mean its colouration and shapes first of all. Composition of the shot is great. Tree branches and leaves create a wonderful ornament to the beautiful bird. Flash work is excellent. Lights and colours are looked very naturally. My best wishes and have a nice Sunday.

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful picture, good sharpness and vivid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Ciao Zoest .
Che splendidi colori ha questo uccello molto vivaci,bene la nitidezza ottima composizione,molto bene.
Ciao Marco.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-29 11:58]


Very colourful subject. I like the composition, POV, detail, lighting and DOF.

Ciao Peter. Fantastic bright colour for this strange fried.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-29 13:05]

Hello Peter.
This is a great shot of this Turaco. Excellent sharpness, details, clarity and POV. Great colours and composition too. Best regards Siggi

Good evening Peter! Lovely capture of another exotic bird with the exotic name Ross’s Turaco, and I am not surprised to see the post coming from you my friend.Bravo! What an unbelievable powerful blue colors?! Impressive beak as well! Good point of view, brightness and composition! Thanks for sharing!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-29 15:37]

Hi Peter,a great pleasure for the eyes this incredible bird whit its lot of metallic colors,a very good pic ,the best way to discover this new beauty of nature.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hi peter.

Fantastic bird & greatly captured with green in the BG.
The perfect POV for a bird pic & good sharpness.
The blue shiny colored feather is just amazing. Welldone & TFS.


Sometimes it is as though you live in another world. A world filled with unusual and almost cartoon colored characters. Your eye tends towards an eye of an artist. Great shot to add to your wonderful collection.

Hello Peter,
A great capture of this beautiful touraco
PS: I use to live and work in both Zaire and Zambia, but have seen a couple of these touraco only once, they are not to many left !!!

Hi Peter,
Beautiful image of this wonderful bird with great lighting. tfs

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-30 5:06]

Hello Peter,
A most special and colorful bird again! A species I hadn't seen until now.
I like your vertical framing and the pose of the bird very much. Lovely green leaves surrounding too. Sharpness appears on my scren a little bit just, probably difficult also because of the metallic reflections of the plumage.
Have a nice Sunday
Kind regards

Hello friend Peter,
Excellent photo of this beautifully colored bird, great sharpness and contrast, fine detail and POV. Interesting notes attached that allow me to know birds are not in my country.
Thank you, good night
Hello Vanni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-30 12:59]

Hello Peter,
Wow, to see this in the wild would be fantastic. You illustrate its beauty very well here showing it in a nice pose and details are very clear and colours fabulous.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,
An attractive composition of this exotic bird; vivid and beautiful colours and very good sharpness. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-30 17:36]

Hi Peter
Another great closed up.Razor sharp image and excellent detail from that dark plumage.Colors are natural and beautiful
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
What a colourful bird captured with great sharp details from a good POV. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-31 13:19]

Hello Peter,
A striking species of Turaco well captured from a great POV against a fine leafy BG. The use of flash is excellent to provide fine lighting, colours and good sharpness in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2011-01-31 21:07]

Hallo Peter,

alweer een foto van zo'n mooie vogel.
Goed standpunt en scherpte met prachtige kleuren.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-01 1:15]

Hello Peter,
really a wonderful job to show this bird in excellent details, colours, sharpness and composition. The view is so lively in contrast of the feathers and its surroundings.
Well seen shot.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-02-02 20:35]

Hello Peter !
What a beautiful, colorful bird ! I like the metallic blue of his plumahe and this red "hat". I also like how you have composed the picture, it's very pleasant. Excellent sharpness and details, too. Very well done !

Hello Peter,

I like the expression on his face!
A colourful fellow is well captured, a fine pose on that branch...
Great details in the plumage, and the bird stands out well in the surroundings!

Pablo -

Hello Peter
this beautiful Ross's Turaco is new to me. you are lucky to see such a beautiful birds in Zuid Holland. splendid coloration on glossy plumage and face. focus, POV, composition also very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
have a good night my friend

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