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Couch potato

Couch potato
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Impalas, Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-31 7:59
Viewed: 4735
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The couch is an Impala and the potato is a Red-billed oxpecker.
Guess this bird has no party in mind:-).
Party or not, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Thank you for the many great moments in 2007; photos, critiques, comments, etc.
And see you next year with many new photos...

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
4/10/2007 16:39:30
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

nglen, loot, Alex99, falke, eqshannon, Silvio2006, thijs, Maite, Adanac, Luis52, cecilia, rcrick, ramthakur, haraprasan, red45 has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-31 8:20]

Hi Annick.Thank you for all the great picture you have shown us this year . The one is very good indeed. good detail and colours.it sums up how i feel today just sitting around. well you have a great New year and all the best for 2008.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-12-31 9:03]

Wow, what an amazing photo, Annick! I just love the expression in the birds face. Just fantastic!

Best regards and a Happy New Year to you!
Bengt Falke

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-31 9:04]

Hi Annick.
You have catch three amazing objects: fine antelope back, cute bird and fantastic BG. Great framing and composition. Bravo and see you soon.

These birds like to have their accommodations along with a limo driver it seems. They can take a rest and let the driving to Mr Ox! An extremely usual aviary creature this bird. And a fine note to accompany. Have a fine New Year...take care..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-31 9:30]

Thanks for this great card from south-africa and have a happy 2008,Luciano

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2007-12-31 10:36]

Hi Annick

What an extraordinairy bird! With its Bright red beak and yellow eyes. I would love to see more of this bird. Nice blurred BG, and sharp details on the bird and the Couch.

Thanks for sharing, and i wish you also a very happy new year, and hope to see lots more from you and everybody else on TN

Keep enjoying nature!


Nice humor and, as always, a well conceived, executed and processed image.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-31 12:27]

Hello Annick ! Another great shot, well captured and well composed. Nice exposure, very sharp details and great colors. Well done my friend ! Happy new year to you !


hi annick,
great shot. the bird is happily resting on the back of an animal. good dof. tfs.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-31 17:02]

Hello Annick,
Great image of this beautiful, but unfortunate bird. Unfortunate because it must be awful going through life being called a red-bellied oxpecker. Your image is immpeciable as always, thanks and Happy New Year Annick.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-31 18:07]

Hola Annick.- Exelente y fina la foto. Hermosos colores y gran pose la del pajarillo. Sus colores son muy hermosos tambien.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Annick.
Extraordinary bird captured in its natural environment chilling out on the back of an Impala life is good :) excellent detail, well composed, all the best for 2008, Cheers Rick :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-31 20:36]

Hello Annick

"Just hanging around",love the textures in this shot.
The POV is excellent and you have cropped it well.
Lovely vivid colours and spot on focus.The stance of the impala and the pose of the oxpecker give this a nice relaxed feel to it.


Best wishes and Happy Hunting in 2008!

this is really super, what a great catch, I really like this

Hello Annick,
Thank you for your wishes.
As the lovely oxpecker, is watching into the blurred background, upon an unstable back, we are watching towards the unclear new year. I hope it will be a year of healthy, fortunate and realization of all the wishes.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-01 1:15]

Hi Annick

Thanks for your good wishes and for this lovely image. With appreciation for all the other wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year and may there still be loads and loads of the same for the coming year.

As the New Year dawns...
may it open up more opportunities for you,
lead you unto the path of continued success,
happiness & good health.

Take time to enjoy God's creation and live life to the full.

A wonderful 2008 for YOU and your loved ones.

Best regards

What a lovable composition with a beautiful bird sitting smugly atop an Impala, Annick!

Wish you too a Happy New Year!


Hi Annick, great capture of lovely bird in splendid pose, good details and wonderful colors, very well done, HAPPY NEW YEAR, ciao Silvio

Hi Annick,
Thanks for the wishes and this lovely capture of this beautiful bird over the Impala. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-02 8:36]

Hello Annick!

All the best for you in 2008!

Very funny picture :-) I like this bird - it is almost as lazy as I am :-))) Great composition with impala... well - almost without impala, but with this fantastic bird :-)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-03 7:20]

Hello Annick
Seeing at this curious and excellent shot with such a lovely message I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the great moments I had enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying a lot more postings from you during the coming year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes


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