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Macqueen's Bustard

Macqueen's Bustard
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Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 9:23
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The MacQueen's Bustard, Chlamydotis macqueenii, is a large bird in the bustard family. It breeds in southwestern Asia especially in Iran . Some breeding areas of this species in Iran are Yazd province and Kerman and Khorasan razavi province also this bird wintering in wide areas of Iran. It has recently been split as a separate species from the Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis undulata of the Canary Islands and north Africa. These two species are the only members of the Chlamydotis genus.

The dividing line between the two species is the Sinai peninsula. MacQueen's has a greater tendency to wander than the sedentary Houbara Bustard and a handful of Chlamydotis bustards have reached Great Britain, mainly in the 19th century. All those attributable to a species have been the more geographically remote Macqueen's.

It is unlikely that any more of this species will reach western Europe, since it has been hunted to near-extinction in the Middle East by Arab falconers. have given some hope for the future of this Bustard. I have taken this shot in Mond protected area in SW of iran . This area is border to Persian gulf . I hope like it

This species breeds in deserts and other very arid sandy areas. It is 60cm long with an 140cm wingspan. It is brown above and white below, with a black stripe down the sides of its neck. In flight, the long wings show large areas of black and brown on the flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but the female is smaller and greyer above. Macqueen’s Bustard is vocally almost silent. Macqueen's is slightly larger and paler than Houbara.

Like other bustards, these have a flamboyant display raising the white feathers of the head and throat and withdrawing the head. 2-4 eggs are laid on the ground.

This species is omnivorous taking seeds, insects and other small creatures.

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amazing pic, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-11 9:49]

Hello Seyed,
Brilliant capture of this fantastic bird while running fast. Razor sharp details and the colours of the plumage are wonderful. Looks really great against the matching background. Thanks for interesting note too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Seyed,
Impressive the clear and sharp details of the bird -the wind combing his neck feathers,...- in spite of the quick race ant thus, the difficulty to catch him with the camera. Regards, Marta

Hello Babak
Very intersting bird,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Excellent work.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-11 12:33]

Hello Sayed,
Great job on this bustard,
Nice compo and background i like it, never seen this before.

A terrific shot, Seyed,
Love the framing. Pose, detail, color and sharpness are first rate ...

Excellent action capture Seyed, I like it.
Very good exposure, DOF, detail, and natural colors. You have captured the true spirit of the animal, seen here in its natural environment..
Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-12 2:59]

Great shot, Seyed. What an interesting bird!
I love the pose with the lifted foot and the proud bearing.
The black feathers around the neck look like a scarf.
Good light, sharp details, and wonderful POV.
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-12 6:48]

Hello Seyed,
Excellent capture of this Bustard, sharp wth fine deatail that makes it stand out against the background where it normally keeps out of sight. Nice lighting and comp. too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Salam Babak jan,
excellent focus and great details.
nice colours and great sharpness.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-22 20:10]

Superbe photo et magnifique oiseau.

Excellent capture of this Bustard, great details.


I can identify this shot with single word: "excellent".
I look at it very pleasureyly. congratulations Seyed.
thanks for sharing this beauty and my dream species.
all the best

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