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Crested Screamer

Crested Screamer
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-16 6:29
Viewed: 1400
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first time I photographed this bird outside a birdpark in the wild.

The Crested Screamer (Chauna torquata), more commonly called the Southern Screamer, belongs to the Order of Anseriformes. This bird is found in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Its diet consists of plants stems, seeds, leaves, and, rarely, small animals. It is about 80 cm. long and lives in swamps, estuaries and pool coasts.

The Crested Screamer is a good swimmer but prefers to move on the ground. The bony spurs on their wings are used for protection against rival screamers and other enemies. Although it is non-migratory, it is an excellent flier. They are normally seen in pairs but sometimes gather in large groups if there is a food in one place.

It establishes monogamous relationships that last a lifetime. Its lifespan is estimated to be 15 years. For the nest the couple makes a big platform of reeds, straws and other aquatic plants, in inaccessible places. The female lays between two and seven white eggs. Incubation takes 43 to 46 days and the couple take turns during this period. The chicks leave the nest as soon as they break the eggshell but the parents take care of them for several weeks. The fledging period takes 8 to 14 weeks.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Hallo Peter
weer een super plaat gemaakt daar in Brasil
prachtig zo boven op de top van de struik
prachtige vogel goed scherp en prachtige kleuren
bedankt gr lou

great bird and a great portrait, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,...Another beautiful species.Like its details and glossy colour on plumage.Well captured and well presentation.Well managed BG too.Thanks for sharing,Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Ciao Peter, my today neighbour, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wondeful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

I've seen this species in the Manaus Zoo. I did note that they hooks or "bony spurs" as you have stated.
You did a lovely job in this composition.
The plumage ... the colours ... all natural colours ... all well balanced.
Thanks for sharing this one.
Mario with best wishes from Canada and making this prediction for today: Germany/Portugal ... 3/2 A Portuguese win.

Great portrait of this Chauna torquata, which in Argentina is known as "CHAJA" because that is what it seems to say its warning cry: "CHAJA, CHAJA, CHAJA!"

Hern嫕 Bortondello

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-16 15:08]

Hi Peter,this is another great scoop from your brazilian trip,absolutely beautiful this capture of this very strange and rare bird,and catch a specie like that in the wild is a great satisfaction,no comment about the quality always at the top.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Peter
照的很漂亮 很美麗的鳥 也很清晰
這鳥真是少見 非常的特別
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

Beautiful big bird with strong legs, Peter.
Excellent view of its plumage from your perspective.
I particularly like that black and white band around its neck.
Thanks for yet another unique image from S. America.


Strange bird but very well shown in your pic. Thanks

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-06-17 9:57]

Hallo Peter,
Great Capture ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

Boa noite Peter
Fantastic bird and capture my Friend.Your bresilien series is amazing.Congrats!
Best regards

Bonjour Peter,
Tr鋊 belle publication valorisant bien le sujet.
A bient矌 sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-06-30 20:22]

Hello Peter
very pretty bird in good details. The position is so good with the light falling into its body.
The smooth background is lively.
Good presentation.


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