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"jong horned head"

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Copyright: Reina Heuven (reina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-02-26 4:02
Viewed: 3730
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cassowaries are large, flightless birds that are related to emus and found only in Australia and New Guinea.

Facts and figures
Minimum size: 150 cm
Maximum size: 200 cm
Average size: 175 cm
Breeding season: June to October
Clutch size: 4

The southern cassowary has a glossy black plumage and a bright blue neck, with red colouring at the nape. Two wattles of bare, red coloured skin hang down from the throat. Cassowaries have stout, powerful legs and long feet with 3 toes; the inner toe on each foot has a sharp claw that can reach up to 80 mm in length. The name cassowary comes from a Papuan name meaning ‘horned head', referring to the helmet of tough skin born on the crown of the head. This helmet (or casque) slopes backwards and is used to push through vegetation as the cassowary runs through the rainforest with its head down; it also reflects age and dominance. The sexes are similar in appearance although females tend to be larger and heavier. Chicks are striped black and cream; fading to brown after around five months. The adult colouring and casque begin to develop between two and four years of age.
The female Southern Cassowary selects a male to breed with and then lays a clutch of large green eggs in a scrape in the ground lined with plant material. Once the eggs are laid, the male is left in charge of the incubation and chick-rearing duties, while the female moves away, and may even breed again with another male. During the breeding season, the parental males are very aggressive, and attacks on humans have been recorded at this time.

For further information on this species see:
• Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation Inc http://www.cassowaryconservation.asn.au

• BirdLife International. (2003) BirdLife's online World Bird Database: the site for bird conservation. Version 2.0. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.

• Recovery plan for the southern cassowary Casuarius casuarius johnsonii 2001 – 2005:

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Hi Reina

Lovely closeup. Good POV. Nice colours. Well composed. Stands out well against the OOF BG. Well done. Thanks.

Hello Reina
First time I see such a young cassowary. I've always just seen photos of big birds.
Very well captured and nicely composed. The colours are good and the DOF is nice with the OOF BG.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Reina,
Very good sharpness, especially of the eye. Well composed closeup, great BG. I did a quick WS to color correct.
Well done!

Fantastic capture Reina,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.
Today I had a similar day to last weekend, but with a bit more success.
Have you decided on a lens yet?

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-26 13:45]

mooie kop Reina,
prachtige kleuren, goede details en een hele mooie crop, good in pov, goed werk.
gr. jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-28 14:22]

Ohhh, pretty ugly really! Nice shot Reina, lovely details and a nice composition - good focus on the eye. Well done.

What gorgeous colours! Lovely details and the presentation is very well done!

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