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2 Years TN - photo 250

2 Years TN - photo 250
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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: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 8:32
Viewed: 6070
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

For me a very special day. One of my best decisions of the last years: to get a member of Treknature. If possible, I ENJOY IT EVERY DAY. It takes my mind off the daily stressful things.
It’s great to know that there are friends all over the world with the same interest in nature and photography.
Besides I’m learning a lot from your wonderful and sometimes brilliant images. I‘ve still learned how a good photo have to look like.
Also many thanks for your interest and appreciation to my photos.

The Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster) is an African ground-dwelling bird in the bustard family. Some authorities (such as BirdLife International 2004) place it in the genus Eupodotis.

The Black-bellied Bustard is 58 to 65 cm long. The bill and legs are dull yellow. The male's upperparts have black and brown marks on a tawny buff background; the underparts are black. The head is boldly patterned with black, white, and buff. The neck, long and thin for a bustard, is buffy brown with a thin black line down the front that joins the black breast. The tail is brown and buff with four or five narrow dark brown bands. The upper surface of the wings is white with a brown triangle at the base; the flight feathers have black tips except for the outer secondaries. The white of the wings is visible when the bird stands, contrasting with the black underparts (Zimmerman, Turner, and Pearson 1999).

The female is plain buff cryptically marked with darker brown mottling on the back and vermiculation (narrow wavy bands) on the neck and breast. The juvenile is duller and darker, with a dark grey crown and buff spots on the wing. The neck and rump patterns of both sexes, the male's white chin and lores, and the female's vermiculations are points that distinguish this species from its close relative, Hartlaub's Bustard (Zimmerman, Turner, and Pearson 1999).

Range and habitat
It is found in woodland and tall open grassland in sub-Saharan Africa (BirdLife International 2004). It prefers higher rainfall than Hartlaub's Bustard and in many areas occurs only following heavy rain (Zimmerman, Turner, and Pearson 1999).

In feeding habits it resembles other bustards. In courtship display the male retracts his head to his back, giving "a short rising wheezy whistle, zhweeeeee", pauses in that position, and slowly raises his head, giving "a popping quock or plop followed by soft gurgling" (Zimmerman, Turner, and Pearson 1999).

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-04 8:34]

merhaba peter
congratulations 250th post and 2 years
beautiful bird and good capture with its habitat
i like POV, DOF and its pose

Hello Peter,

A beautiful presentation of this proud bustard. Good composition and focus. Nice natural colours.
Congratulations for your second anniversary here and the 250th picture.

Hi Peter!

Let me congratulate you for your double anniversary and by this occasion to thank you for your very valuable contribution here on TrekNature.

I fully agree with you that TN helps us to let stress and sorrows behind us.

Kind regards


Hi Peter,
Good shot sharp and well composed.

Ciao Peter,
congratulazioni per questo doppio traguardo dei 2 anni e della 250th su TN; splendida composizione di questo uccello colto in una spettacolare postura con uno stupendo BG, ottima la definizione.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-04 9:16]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on the double anniversary.
very good portrait of this bustard, with nice details and colors. tfs.
Best regards

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-04 9:28]

Merhaba Peter,
250. kareni ve TN deki 2. yılını gönülden kutluyorum. Birbirinden güzel koleksiyonu bu muhteşem ve nadir bir türle süslemişsin. Emeğine sağlık diyorum. Yeni nice karelerde buluşmak dileği ile.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-04 12:03]

Hi Peter,

Double congratulations to you! I have enjoyed all 250 posts over the past two years. You have introduced me to so many birds I had never seen before. This Black-bellied Bustard is one more interesting bird. That black belly and neck are wonderful - I would love to see a frontal view. Nice colors and details of the face and wings. I love the pose with the head raised. Lovely setting and composition. Here's to the next 2 years and 250 more excellent posts.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-04 12:12]

CONGRATULATIONS on three counts:-
2 years on TN
250 postings on TN
A very fine portrait of a Black-bellied Bustard that looks magnificent against the green grasslan plains BG and seen with fine sharpness and detail from an excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and I hope you continue to be active on TN for a long time to come!
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,

Great capture.
Nice colours with good details.
Excellent composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-04 13:03]
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Hi Peter,
a massive congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at TN and for your 250th post!!! :-))
I have enjoyed your photos very much and hope you will be with us for much longer :-)

This is a great shot of this Bustard.
Very good sharpness.
Great composition.
Superb DOF.

Very well done!

p.s I read your profile intro and it said that you've photographed 6800 different birds!! Is this true? That's a loooooot of birds :-)

Hi Peter,
Congratulations for your 2nd year anniversary and 250th posting on TN. Nice selection to celebrate this special time and event. Thanks for all contributions to us my friend.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-04 13:13]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations! You're a great asset to this site and I do admire your wonderful range of photographs. This Bustard is beautiful standing there looking very proud of himself!!
Excellent focus, sharp details and lovely colours of the fine plumage. I like the low POV too and the fine green background. Keep on posting please!!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-04 13:22]

very interesting species

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-04 14:11]

Hi Peter

Congratulations on two years on TN. This shot is perfectly framed and is very attractive to look at with the long lush grass. I loke the pose caught and the POV. Lovely work



hello Peter

congratulations for your
2nd TN anniversary 250th posting,

excellent shot of the Black-bellied Bustard
with fine POV and framing, i love the very good
free space in front of the bird, excellent sharpness and details,



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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-04 21:39]

Hello Peter,

Congratulations for the two years on TN and for the 250 th photo milestone. I also thank you for your good photos shown here and valuable comments that your are making. For your aniversaty you have chosen a well composed image showing this nice bird. It is well shown so that plumage can be well observed and there is a fine contrast bird is doing with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-04 23:34]

Hi Peter

Great shot - very well composed with very good detail. Congratulations on 2 years and 250!

Best wishes


Congrats and a very best one for your 250th post.Great one and continue posting.

Hi Peter,
congrats on your two years on TN. It have been nice to have you around and I hope you will continue.
The picture is well composed with plenty of space in front and nor dead space behind, very nice.
I like the POV and the simple colours too.
Well done.

Congratulations Peter...

And a wonderful image to commemorate the event. I always enjoy your captures... :)


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-05 7:08]

Hello Peter, congrats for your 2nd anniversary on TN. Excellent macro shot and composition of this beautiful bird.
TFS and G's,

Congratulations Peter.
Greetings, Ferran

Hallo Peter,

gefeliciteerd met 2 jaar op TN, het aantal heb ik bijna in 1 jaar bereikt trouwens!
Mooie foto heb je hier voor genomen.
Prachig van compositie en voorzien van mooie dof.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-05 12:37]

Hi Peter,
congratulations on 2 years and 250 important contributions to TN. This is a grea shot to celebrate with and adds to the diversity of your gallery. ell composed with an excellent DOF and detail..hope to see at least another 250 from you my friend.

Hello Peter,
Cngratulation on 250th posting.
Wonderful shot of this lovely bird with nice details and sharpness. TFS.

Hi Peter,
Congratulations on your 2 year aniversary here on TN. And what better way could someone celebrate it with a very well composed image of a black bellied bustard. Very nice and thanks for sharing.
Paul :)


Congratulations on your achievement! 250 photos translates into a lot of time spent outside, chasing that perfect shot - it sure shows a lot of dedication. Very nicely done and keep up the awesome work.

Best Regards,


My most sincere congratulation Peter..Had it not been for another I might have missed this milestone...and since this image in subjective quality is far better than fine, and in notes quite the learn...I shall continue to come and say my best....I still follow my mothers advice....if one is to say nothing then it might be an act of omission, but sometimes we are limited, hence by points allowed to be given...would I have no points left, I would have said something anyway...but I do and I did...and You are most welcome!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-05 22:04]

Hello Peter, Congrats on your two year in TN. I wish many more years. Missed some of your shots as we preoccupied. Thanks for sharing/Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-05 23:37]

Hi Peter

2 years on TN and 250 photos sure sounds superb to me :)
Your contribution to this community has been terrific throughout these past 2 years and not only the number of photos is great, but you also gave out 35 workshops and 6602 critiques...thank you for all that!

This is a very nice presentation of this Black-bellied Bustard here.
I very much like the delicate composition here - with nothing but grass in the frame to distract our attention from the bird and also plenty of room in front of it.
The natural contrast and colors of the scene are lovely while the details on your subject are very nice, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-06 5:06]

Hello Peter,
Like usual I'm a little late, but I wanted to come back on this beautiful bird-shot. Let me at first congratulate you for your 2 years TN. Like you say it is an enrichment, and it makes us look at nature in a more precise manner. I like the simple and decentred composition and the fine colors of this shot a lot, this Ethiopian bird is a very special one and you caught it in a lively pose.
Thanks a lot and
have a nice weekend

Hi Peter,

This is beautiful composition, I like the way you have composed the picture, showing its habitat. Yes indeed we at TN enjoy shooting and sharing images with like minded people..."birds of same feather"?.

Congrats on your 250th post and completing 2years at TN. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-06 7:31]
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Hi Peter. I missed this the othe day so a big congratulation to you. 2years and 250 postings. And a special bird to do it with , which you have taken with good detail and natural colours. this is one i have yet to see. well done TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-07 4:14]

Hi Peter,
Congrats on your 2nd anniversary in TN and your 250th photo. It's a pleasure to see your photos here.
Position of this interesting bird in the frame is very good. Nice background and colors. TFS
All the best,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-08 5:14]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on these two milestones, your contributions to TrekNature are great. This image is superb as is your portfolio. Thank you Peter and I hope you will continue to be a friend and contributor.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-13 10:05]

Hi, dear Peter.
Sorry, I have missed this wonderful shot and significant for you and all of us, your friends, events. My heartfelt congratulations on 250th post and 2 year activity here. Your contribution cannot be overestimated. Thanks for nice pictures, interesting notes and kind comments. All the best for you.

You have reflected this beauty precisely. Ultimate details and sharpness of the bird. You also managed to create an impressive 3D-effect. Blurriness of the nice surroundings are great too. My kind regards and TFS.

Hello Peter

A lovely photo to mark your anniversary.
Congratulations on both milestones.
The composition is very nice.
Lovely pose in a natural setting.
Great job.



Well composed pic. It is well detailed and clear. The DOF allows for an OOF BG.

Hallo Peter,
Fascinerende vogels die trappen.
Heb ze in Namibia in 't avondlicht met ontzettende snelheid zien naar omhoog vliegen om vervolgens als een lichtflits naar beneden te duiken...
Late felicitaties met #2 en #250...en nog veel Treknature plezier...

grreat composition, TFS Ori

Hi Peter
Great shot of this beautiful bird. Would this be the same as the Kori Bustard we have in South Africa?
Congrats on your 25oth post and 2 years!

wonderful scene and photo Peter!
regards Nasos

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