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Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl
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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: 2007-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 15:13
Viewed: 4017
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

It is photographed in the bush savanna situated in the southwestern part of Kruger; Skukuza environment .

In my Kruger National Park travelogue, you can view another Helmeted Guineafowl and also here.

Car. Open window. No beanbag. IS.

Lightroom and PS CS3

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Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
5/10/2007 10:37:11
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
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AF mode
One-Shot AF
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Annick Vanderschelden

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-13 15:22]

Hi Annick

A lovely composition with good colour and excellent detail and isolation from the BG. Well observed and captured.


Hello Annick,
Lovely pose of the big bird stands on the rock!
the image is so sharp with great details and colour
many thanks for the sharing

Colorful, isn't it? Excellent detail and sharpness. I love the spots on him - if I look long enough, I get dizzy (though some may say I'm that way naturally...). The composition is great and the soft BG helps the subject become more prominent....


Well, that's a bird I see for the very first time. It's got incredible plumage and colors. Your shot shows it very nicely and clearly. I also like the way you composed this picture. Very nice work Annick. TFS

Best Regards,


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-13 19:48]

Hi Annick

These busy birds are normally rather difficult to capture as they hardly ever stand still and their heads keep on bobbing up and down as they forage for food. So, it is actually a tricky affair to get an opportunity for a good capture and either patience or good fortune needs to play a big role.

You did well with this one as it seems like it was standing on the rock to survey the surroundings thus giving you the right moment. I like the in focus grasses right behind the "tarentaal" basically forming a 'unit' with the bird as opposed to the OOF and isolated grass in the BG. Good detail and fine composition.

Well done and TFS.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Charmant contraste de couleurs et quelle tête !
Bonne journée.

Hello Annick , excellent sharpness , well balanced photo , TFS .

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-05-14 5:14]

Hoi Annick,
Geweldig deze tarentaal, ze zijn nog sneller dan water, een heel mooi plaatje. En je kunt de details heel goed zien.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-14 5:32]

Hi Annick,
It's a good looking bird. I liked the colors, patterns and details on the plumage a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Annick,
Very good photo of this colourful Guineafowl
Well done

Hi Annik

Another beauty from your trip. Great pose on top of the mound.
Excellent sharpness and comoposition.
Great work.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-14 13:29]

Hello Annick,
a lovely shot!
This is a really stunning bird and it contrasts exceptionally well against the BG.
Very detailed and really clear.
Great eye-level POV and a good composition.
The lighting is perfect!
Well done!


Hi Annick, a lovely and perfect shot of this crested Guineafowl with beautifull colours and punctate pattern:-) lovely... TFS. Cheers,


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-15 6:08]

Hello Annick, WOW what a cute looking bird. Superb sharpness and lovely composition. Excellent colors and natural lighting. Well done friend. I am seeing this for the first time. Ganesh - will b bk

Annick, Lovely image. Must be lucky to get it sitting on a mound.
- Murali

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-21 7:34]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of this gorgeous Helmeted Guineafowl with amazing colours, details and markings on its plumage and head. Looks so elegant among those grasses. Superb lighting and exposure and I like the pose you have captured it in. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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