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*Southern Cassowary*

*Southern Cassowary*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Funny Faces, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 4:24
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Something "exotic" in germany - a Southern Cassowary
(Casuarius casuarius) living in the zoo in Aachen.


The Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius,
also known as Double-wattled Cassowary or Two-wattled
Cassowary, is a large flightless black bird with hard
and stiff plumage, a brown casque, blue face and neck,
red nape and two red wattles hanging down its throat.
The three-toed feet are thick and powerful, equipped
with a lethal dagger-like claw on the inner toe. The
plumage is sexually monomorphic, but the female is
dominant and larger with a longer casque and
brighter-colored bare parts. The immature bird has
plain brown plumage.

It is the largest member of the Cassowary family and is
the second heaviest bird on earth, at a maximum size
estimated at 85 kg and 190 cm. Normally this species
ranges from 127 to 170 cm, with females averaging 58 kg
and males averaging 33 kg. The Southern Cassowary is
distributed in tropical rainforests of Aru and Seram
Islands of Indonesia, New Guinea and northeastern
Australia. It is technicially the largest Asian bird
(since the extinction of the Arabian Ostrich) and the
largest Australian bird (though the Emu may be slightly
taller). It forages on the forest floor for fallen fruit.

The Southern Cassowary is a solitary bird, that pairs
only in breeding season, which takes place in late
winter or spring. The male builds a nest on the ground;
a mattress of herbaceous plant material 5–10 cm thick
and up to 100 cm wide. This is thick enough to let
moisture drain away from the eggs. It is situated in a
sheltered area among tall grass or similar cover. He
also incubates the eggs and raises the chicks. A clutch
of three or four eggs are laid measuring 138 mm x 95
mm. They have a granulated surface and are initially
bright pea-green in colour though fade with age.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Cassowary]

Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 04.05.2008 12:56:10
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/100
Av (Blendenzahl) 6.3
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv 18-250mm
Brennweite 250.0 mm
Bildgröße 2592x3888
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart Manuelle Fokussierung
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 1:Automatisch
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Eingeschaltet
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Dateigröße 3171 KB

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A beautiful profile portrait of a magnificent male cassowary individual in fine form, pattern and colouration Thorsten, your viewpoint and limited DOF finely isolates the sharply focused bird from its natural looking surroundings. TFS this fine image my friend.

Olá Thorsten

Impressionante esta foto pela variedade de cores lindíssimas e características desta ave.
Um belo trabalho, meus parabéns.
Grande abraço,

Hello Thorsten,
Quelles splendides couleurs, c'est magnifiquement bien cadré. La luminosité crée un bel éclat au plumage.
Bonne soirée

Your notes are absolutely FABULOUS!!!
The image is OUTSTANDING!!!
What else can I say???
(Will soon be in Haifa.)
Fond regards,

  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2008-10-26 10:42]

Hi Thorsten
Great colourfull portrait.
Well done mf


Hello Thor
What a beauty and yes I agree with the first two words in your notes "Something "exotic". Colours are vivid. Details are splendidly captured. This is a bird with many features to observe and admire. Just love the somewhat shy pose and composition. It is a great portrait, displayed in a most favourable manner. Thanks for sharing.

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