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(Tetrax tetrax)

(Tetrax tetrax)
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-21 1:06
Viewed: 1932
Points: 38
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Sisão, Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)

First time for me,and on TN?
This inhabitant of the steppes of south is not easy to find..

"The Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) is a large bird in the bustard family, the only member of the genus Tetrax. It breeds in southern Europe and in western and central Asia. Southernmost European birds are mainly resident, but other populations migrate further south in winter. The central European population once breeding in the grassland of Hungary went extinct several decades ago.
This species is declining due to habitat loss throughout its range. It used to breed more widely, for example ranging north to Poland occasionally (Tomek & Bocheński 2005). It is only a very rare vagrant to Great Britain despite breeding in France.
Although the smallest Palearctic bustard, Little Bustard is still pheasant-sized at 42–45 cm long with a 90–110 cm wingspan and a weight of 830g.[2] In flight, the long wings are extensively white. The breeding male is brown above and white below, with a grey head and a black neck bordered above and below by white.
The female and non-breeding male lack the dramatic neck pattern, and the female is marked darker below than the male. Immature bustards resemble females. Both sexes are usually silent, although the male has a distinctive "raspberry-blowing" call "prrt".
This species is omnivorous, taking seeds, insects, rodents and reptiles. Like other bustards, the male Little Bustard has a flamboyant display with foot stamping and leaping in the air. Females lay 3 to 5 eggs on the ground.
This bird's habitat is open grassland and undisturbed cultivation, with plants tall enough for cover. It has a stately slow walk, and tends to run when disturbed rather than fly. It is gregarious, especially in winter."(Wiki)

Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/4096
F-Stop: f/13.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 1600
Focal Length: 500/1 mm
Date Taken: 2013-05-17 12:00
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-21 1:21]

Beautiful bird and you got in flight..well captured...looks like the fellow is bit nervous. tfs.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-21 4:01]

Hi Jose,a very lucky meeting whit this very rare specie,maybe a first time on Tn as you wrote,spectacular in flight capture another time whit magnificent details,maybe a bit undersaturated.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Jose Diogo,
Beautiful Bird this Little Bustard.Well captured.Subject is very much active in photograph.Well light and focus too,
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Great shot, unbelievable that this is possible. You must really have been at the right place in the right time!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-21 6:53]

Boa tarde Jose,
I can only be jealous at such a great photo. I've seen a Little Bustard last February in the Alentejo for the first time in my life, between long grasses. But I can't believe you can photograph this in flight, and so sharp. Fantastic photo!

Hello Jose

Excellent close-up in-flight shot of the Little Bustard,
fine POV on its flight and expressive glance,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-05-21 7:57]

Hello Jose,
interesing-different bird,nice capture species tetrax,thanks..

hallo Jose
super good sharpness picture of this bird in flight
i like it
thanks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-21 10:11]

Hi Jose.
I also have not met this species even on photo. Great in-flight picture with ultimate details of the bird. Captured pose and wingspread of the bird is fine as well as the exposure parameters. My kind regards and compliments.

Ciao Jose, great capture of fantastic in-flight bird, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-21 20:41]

Hello Jose, Congratulations on a first post!!
What a wonderful inflight shot you have presented to us. A very unique looking bird and one with such a beautiful plumage. Reminds me of a type of partridge.
This is a new bird for me, so thank you for posting this attractive full flight image. Well done!!

rare fantastic capture, TFS Ori

Amazing bird and impressive in flight photo Jose! Very good timing, excellent composition and good sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-22 4:13]

Bonjour Jose,
Un oiseau intéressant et de plus saisi en plein vol..bravo pour cette image vivante et fine. Bien cadrée et avec des couleurs naturelles.
Bon après-midi.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-23 6:23]

Hi Jose,
Excellent focus on the eye, nice colours and
again a nice moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Jose,
Wonderful picture of this inflight shot.
Most probably it is the first posting.
good sharpness and colour.

Ciao Jose. Cattura spettacolare. Gran dettaglio ottima gestione dei luce e colori. Complimenti per la specie rara e TFS!


Bonjour José,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une belle attitude mais il me semble qu'il y a tout de même un peu de surexposition sur le dessus de l'aile droite du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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