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Coucal


Coucal
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-16 5:11
Viewed: 5105
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) is a strange pheasant-like, largely terrestrial bird that was often placed with cuckoos. DNA analysis has demonstrated that it is not related to cuckoos. The coucal is deistributed through northern and eastern Australia, inhabiting woodlands with grassland understorey, swamps, dense heathlands and sugar cane plantations. They nest October to April, raising 3-5 chicks. Their loud accelerating yet descending whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop...whoop call is a common sound of the tropical north, the species becoming less numerous on the southern east coast.
As can be seen from this shot, coucals spend a lot of time walking around and are often encountered on roadsides. When pressed they can fly quite strongly, and appear to be migratory in the southern part of their range.
We found this one the edge of Litchfield National Park about 100km south of Darwin.
Cropped from the original and 80% USM applied to sharpen it a bit.

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Nice capture Chris. Very nice focus and interesting notes. Well Done

Great shot Chris, very good details.
Well done

Very nice shot Chris.
Good colours and details.
Good note.
Well done.

Extraña y atractiva ave.
La combinacion de colores entre las alas y el resto del cuerpo es muy llamativa.
Buena perspectiva y encuadre.
El foco es bueno, aunque aparenta ser un tanto soft.
Realicé un Workshop con algunos cambios... espero te agrade.

Strange and attractive bird.
The combination of colors between the wings and the rest of the body is very showy.
Good perspective and frame.
The focus is good, although it somewhat pretends to be soft.
I made a Workshop with some changes... I hope pleases to you.

I have heard of them but never seen one before. What an animal. Nice pose and composition. The turned head and the eye gives it "flare". Great shot.

  • Great 
  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-16 14:46]

What a stately bird, I love the full body shots, it really brings the bird to life, thanks for sharing

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-16 15:01]

Hi Chris
Wish I had the time to browse more. I know so many of the names, but they are all different birds. This one I can recognise by the jist, we have 5 in SA, but I have only seen two so far. We - thats my family, call them duck-and-dive birds, because of their habit to try and hide behind leaves and twigs. Thanks for sharing!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-16 15:26]

A very strange looking bird it is, the head looks crow like but not alot else does. Great capture Chris, well done.

Chris, Interesting looking bird here. Looks almost like what we call a road-runner except for the dark head/chest. Great pose/head turn captured very well in its natural habitat. Well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-17 12:39]

Very nice capture! I like its pose a lot. The sharpness is good and so is the exposure.

Thanks for posting and points later

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-10 17:29]
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Chris, wonderful bird. Here in Brazil there's a similar one, although with brownish feathers, I've been trying to shoot for quite a long time. So far, I was not successful.

POV and sharpness are great here. Good note too.

Lívio

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