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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-26 2:46
Viewed: 9943
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 128
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken last sunday ,hope you’ll like it.
İnfos from
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Casuariiformes
Family Casuariidae
Genus Casuarius
Size Height: 1.3 – 1.7 m
Weight Female up to 60 kg Male 35 kg

Cassowaries are large, flightless birds that are related to emus and found only in Australia and New Guinea.The southern cassowary has 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 5 months.The adult colouring and casque begin to develop between 2 and 4 years of age.
The southern cassowary is found in New Guinea and as well as Queensland in northeastern Australia.
These birds are rainforest inhabitants, although they are also found in nearby savanna, mangroves and fruit plantations.

Cassowaries are usually solitary individuals, and males are subordinate to females if they meet. Females may lay several clutches of eggs during the breeding season that runs from June to October.These are laid directly onto the forest floor and the male than takes sole responsibility for their care. The male incubates the eggs for around 50 days, turning the eggs and only leaving his charges in order to drink. He cares for his offspring for up to 16 months, protecting them under his tail if threatened.

Cassowaries fight by kicking out with their legs, they have a fearsome reputation but their diet is composed almost entirely of fruit. These birds are important dispersers of a number of rainforest seeds, ranging far in search of fruiting trees.


Nikon D70
2005/04/24 13:01:32.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto

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Halo Sebnem!
This is great photo. i love it very, very much! Just amazing portrait!

Very interesting post and great note. Your photo is sharp and colourful as well as well composed. Well done. Tim

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-26 3:31]

Excellent portrait of this amazing bird.
Nice vivid colours and lovely detail.
Good background colour too.
A great capture,very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-26 3:33]

What have you got here Sebnem? Isn't he a strange one. Very sharp and clear, you've got a good portrait of the Cassowary. Wonderful colours and details. Good job and thank you for sharing.

They are not pretty, but this is just beautifull.. Sharp details, great colours and details.

well done

Şebnem hanım ellerinize sağlık,
Detaylı açıklamanız ve bilgilendirmeniz çok güzel.
Detaylar, renkler herşey yerli yerinde.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-26 4:01]

Scary bird, looks like visitor from deep past. I watched interesting program about Cassowaries last sunday on Discovery. Impressive birds - very aggresive, brave and could kill even human! You portraited it superbly Sebnem. Great POV and details, fantastic colours.

Quelle tête ! impressionnant... j'ai entendu quelque part que les oiseau descendaient des dinosaures, on a pas de peine à le croire quand on voit celui ci !



Very good clear shot Sebnem. The different colours are just like a raindow. Very well captured. Thanks.

Great capture of a very interesting bird Sebnem.

The colours are very nice, the dof is spot on as and the composition is good but I would like a little more space in front of the bird. I really like his attitude and the look with the big horn in the forehead.

Very good note as always.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-26 6:14]

Great photo Sebnem, lovely details and composition. That lump on the head gives me a headache just looking at it. Very nice picture Sebnem.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-26 6:16]

Excellent portrait Sebnem! The colors are superb and vibrant. The details are razorsharp and your DOF is outstanding. POV is great aswell. This is a very, very nice picture. TFS! Informative note aswell.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-26 6:48]

Stunning portrait of the cassowary. The colours and details are superb. Congratulations.

Very sharp, detailed and colorful Sebnem!
Clean BG, nice POV..Very well done!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-26 7:03]

Beau et intéressant portrait photographie pour cet étrange oiseau. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Very Well Done !

Wonderful portrait Sebnem!
Colors,details,sharpness and lighting are perfect!Very nice job!Thanks for sharing.

I wouldn't like to be squared by this bird.
UGLY, but interesting. Beautiful colors and well done on this composition.


Wow, this is something I haven't seen before. Incredible. Great detail, such amazing colours.
I like the tight crop. Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-26 9:52]

Şebnem çok iyi bir iş çıkartmmışsın. Kuş ilginç olmasına ilginç ama fotoğraf da bunu ortaya çıkarmada çok başarılı. Dinazorlarla akraba olmalı :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-26 11:00]

Fantastic portrait, Sebnem! What an amazing bird. The details are razor-sharp, the colors are gorgeous. Congratulations!

Fantastic portrait Sebnem,
The details are perfectly sharp and clear. Superb colours.
This is a big tough bird, you've captured it so well.
Thanks for posting Sebnem.

Very good shot. Great POV and very good details.
Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2005-04-26 16:12]

Details are stunning supported with vibrant colours. Very nice capture Sebnem. BG gives a 3D effect to your photo. I would personally prefer a vertical composition though, but this is only a personal taste. TFS.

What a superb capture Sebnem, the colour, detail and back up with a very informative note, great post and very well done.

Very good portrait Sebnem.
Never seen this before, is it real ? ;-)
Good details, colours and POV.
Very well done.

Now Instanbul is the last place I would have gone looking for a cassawary Sebnem, so I presume it was in a zoo?

These guys are unreal to find in the wild, though you have to be careful when they have young or are hungry as the do attack people and can easily rip your guts out with their large and powerful feet.

Great portrait, their horns are all different and often bent to one side.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 3:04]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Sebnem. Great wow effect. A new bird for me. And what a bird! "Pharaonesque"!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-27 7:22]

What a strange bird!
Nice capture Sebnem, Great composition, very sharp and clean details the colours are superb,

Very well done thanks for sharing,



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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-27 11:48]

Hey, Sebnem, this is really amazing. I had never seen one of these.

Excellent mugshot, excellent composition.

Great sharpness, colors and dof.


Congratulation, great portrait, beautiful colour and great pose.
Very well done.

Amazing portrait. Excellent photo, no nits just a pleasure to look at. :)

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  • cliffd (43)
  • [2005-05-02 12:16]

I saw a cassowary in the wild in northern Queensland a few years ago and only managed a very dark, blurred shot. This, on the other hand, is a superb example. I love the way yuou can see the individual hairs (feathers?) on it's neck. Simple, effective and very striking. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-21 13:20]

Every detail in this photo is just perfect.
I like the unusual combination of red and white. Also sharpness and brightness are just right. Although it is a very colorful bird the compostion is natural!!
Well done.


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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-25 14:36]

Hi Sebnem
I had to come back to this cassowary - he is delightfull and I love his casque and blue face - No nits on the quality. personally, I would add a bit of space in front of the bill and on top of the casque, but this is personal taste - a splendid picture, TFS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-30 1:13]

I think you must start diffrent hairdo theme of birds :))>This is lovely portrait and good details.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello again, Sebnem! This is a "National Geographic" quality photograph in my humble estimation! The clarity is exquisite, and the colours so vivid! Wonderful, wonderful detail. Great POV! So well done!! Thank you! Linda

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-15 23:08]

Excellent portrait!
Very good sharpness, colour and details.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-22 15:02]

Hello Şebnem!
Very nice capture!Details, vivid colours and composition are great...
Thanks for posting...

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-25 9:30]

Hello Şebnem!
Great portrait.Crisp clear details,sharpness and vivid colors are perfect.Thanks for posting this beauty.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-09-02 14:09]
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Cada foto sua que eu vejo fico mais animado... algum dia ainda consigo fazer algo parecido!!!
Sempre (SEMPRE) as suas fotos são maravilhosas!!!!
Definição perfeita, cores, ângulo ótimo.
Muito boa foto. Boa composição.

Hi Sebnem
What is this ?!? I didn't think that such a bird existed.
He really looks like a dinosaur! Ok, the colours are beautiful
and your image is very sharp. Beautiful portrait with a interesting
note. Today I really learnt something thanks to your photo :-)

Sebnem, another excelent shot. Colores are fanstastic.
keep on.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-21 18:09]

Hi Sebnem.
other of yours greats photos, the bird is fantastic, very nice composite and colors,sharp details.Very nice picture Sebnem.

Hello Sebnem,
Brilliant portrait of a extraordinary species. A bird as mighty as eaglea or the Condor but he doesn't need wings to fly. Colours, POV and sharpness are perfect. Good note. TFS. Thomas

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-19 10:36]

Hi Sebnem,
The first time I ever saw a cassowary was at the Seoul Zoo in 1975. Quite an amazing bird! I think I have an old slide of the one I saw somewhere... It looks very similar if I remember correctly, although I know yours is a much better closeup!
That was (the mid seventies) a very nice time in my life. The only thing that could have made it better back then was if they had mountain bikes back then...
Thanks for stirring the old memory juices!
Best Regards,

Hello Sebnem,
good colours and details an head, very, very nice capture.
Thanks for sharing

what a great capture of an unusual bird!colours are magnificent.
thank you for sharing.

Hello Sebnem,
Amazing portrait.Maybe framing is a little tight,but overall great job.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Sebnem!
Excellent portrait.Colors,sharpness and
composition are wonderful.I'm happy to push it into 100 points;)Thanks for posting.

Hi Sebnem,
Great portrait of this most interesting bird!
Sometimes I admit I wonder what nature was thinking...
Well framed and with great colours and details!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-23 8:28]

Hello Sebnem,
this one caught my eyes, what an unusual bird. Interesting info you adding to your perfectly captured portrait. The colors and the details on this bird are wonderful. Excellent sharpness and a nice neutral BG to really enjoy all of the brirds beauty.

Hi Sebnem
This is excellent portrait of this amazing bird.

Great work

Hello Sebnem,
This is a very strange looking bird to me. You did well with all details and colors are clearly shown. Very appealing picture.

Hi friend,
Excellent pov, dof, sharpness, exposure ... great colors and details! Take care Ana:)

Ciao Sebnem, the last critic of the year is for this splendid portrait, wonderful colors and details, very well done,
A great 2007 to you.
Ciao Silvio
:) the next year

Merhaba Sebnem renkler super ve detail mukemmel cok cok ilginc kus ve hayatimda gormedim boyle ve sanirim goremem. Isik ve arka cok guzel tebrikler selam Necip.

I've seen this bird in Perth, Sebnem. It can be quite dangerous. With one strike of its foot it can hurt a man very badly.
Remarkable photography.
Best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-31 11:11]

merhaba sebnem
bu renkli ve narin tacli guzele iyi bir portre calismasi yapmissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, sade arka plan, renkler, detaylar ve bilgi notu da basarili olmus
eline saglik

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-06-09 12:31]

Merhaba Şebnem,
Çok ilginç bir kuş,
Harika bir arka plan,netlik ve detaylarıyla başarılı bir çalışma,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-20 12:48]

Hi Sebnem.
What a perfect portrait of this amazing and unknown for me bird. Colours, sharpness, details and composition are simply outstanding. Bravo and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-11 2:03]

Hi Şebnem,
Impressive bird capture with absolute perfection: pose, pov, colours, sharpness, background and composition.
TFS, José M.

Hello Sebnem !
This is sucha strange bird ! I love his colors and this kind of horn he has on his head - there are great details on it. Also beautiful composition and POV, nice blurred BG, excellent pose of the bird. Very well done !

great portrait, TFS Ori

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  • pasur Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 0] (31)
  • [2016-07-09 11:31]

Super bir fotoÄŸraf olmuÅŸ

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