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Greater Coucal

Greater Coucal
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Copyright: Satya Mishra (kunusatyabbsr) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 2 N: 95] (434)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 3:12
Viewed: 5736
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Greater Coucal or the Crow Pheasant Centropus sinensis, is a non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is a widespread resident in southern Asia, from India east to south China and Indonesia. There are several subspecies with some treated as full species. It found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation.

This is a large species at 48 cm. The head is black, upper mantle and underside are purplish black. The back and wings are chestnut brown. There are no pale shaft streaks on the coverts. The eyes are ruby red. Juveniles are duller black with spots on the crown and there are whitish bars on the underside and tail. There are several races and some races may need to be treated as full species.

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Hi Satya

Good shot of this fine looking coucal. Good composition and good sharpness with a good OOF background.


Hello Satya,

Very good capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent POV and focus. Very good sharpness. Splendid light and colours are wonderful. Very beautiful contrasting colours of the wings and the eyes. I like the composition too.

nice capture, great frameing, I would get rid of the metal thing, TFS Ori

Hi Satya,

the bird's pose makes it really seem alive as it gives potential movement to the image. Good colour and Detail.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-15 4:31]

Hello Satya,
A great capture of a Greater Cougal of an excellent technical standard, from a superb POV, a fine composition and great red-eye contact.
Thanks for sharing this image, such as one that I would like to have taken during my visits to India,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-15 4:33]

hi satya,
congrats for getting this scanvenger, though you can see him, very elusive and secretive fellow. it looks this one just noticed you and getting ready to takeoff. you did a wonderful job, good in all respects. tfs.

Merhaba Satya,müthiş renkler.Detaylar ve keskinlik muhteşem.Harika kontrast.Süper süper bir fotoğraf.Ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-15 7:05]

Hello Satya,
Very beautiful photo of this Coucal. Excellent contrasts in the colours. Very sharp and a very good composition.
Kind regards,

Nice shot. The green bg, red eyes, all make a wonderful shot. Good dof and the main subject is sharply focussed. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Satya,
very good shot of this bird. The red eye is amazing.
Great colors, background and POV.
TFS Tatjana

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-15 21:32]

Hi Satya,
Fantastic image of this great looking Greater Coucal and I like its pose and the red eye. Superb handling of lighting and exposure and the image is tack sharp. The bokeh is great and highlights the subjects so well. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Hi Satya Babu,
A nice capture of this beautiful coucal. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-16 6:26]

Hello Satya Just superb. I somehow feel that the left side is too much cropped but at the same time the frame is perfectly positioned with the pose of the bird. Well done Ganesh

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-09-30 4:30]

Nice capture.good to see them open space...I liked the composition.Good DOF!

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