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Black Francolin

Black Francolin
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Copyright: Phil Cannings (PhilC) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-24 11:56
Viewed: 4203
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This bird is a black francolin - the Black Francolin, Francolinus francolinus, is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds.

It is one of the few francolins to have a range outside Africa. It is a resident breeder from Kashmir, Cyprus and south-eastern Turkey eastwards through Iran to southwest Turkmenistan and northeast India. Its range was formerly more extensive, but over-hunting has reduced its distribution and numbers. There have been a number of introductions, but most have failed to take root although some populations still persist in the USA and elsewhere.

This bird is found in scrubby habitats with plenty of low cover and cultivation. It nests in a bare ground scrape laying 8-18 white-spotted pale brown/greenish eggs. Black Francolin take a wide variety of plant and insect food.

In north Cyprus it is a common game bird of farmland areas, which can be readily located in Spring proudly declaring its territory from a prominent viewpoint with it's distinctive bi-syllabic call.

As a commonly hunted bird it is wary and readily runs rather than flies, in order to hide if disturbed.



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Hello Phil,
Very nice capture of this pretty bird, well taken in the dry Cypriot habitat. It's a pitty such beauties are killed for game... Good evening,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-24 14:36]

Hello Phil,
Very good capture of this beautiful bird in great light and colors.Excellent sharpness and very fine details.TFS.

Hi Phil
Quelle bel oiseau que je découvre pour la premiêre fois sur lre site ! Il se mari bien dans son habitat.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Thanks for sharing this picture!

I would have cropped it closer and also waited for it to turn its head more to the left so you could get the glint in the eye. But with wildlife photography, you cannot always get what you want!

Bonjour Phil,
Très belle présentation du sujet dans son environnement dans une bonne composition favorisant l'opposition des couleurs et la perception de leur délicatesse.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-25 12:01]

Hello Phil,
Excellent photo of this francolin in its natural environment. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Maybe a little crop was possible, but it isn´t a must. Taken from a very POV and in a nice composition.

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