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Rüppell's korhaan

Rüppell's korhaan
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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: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Birds of Namibia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 14:29
Viewed: 6116
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Could not find its reference in the 'Map of Etosha' and I doubted whether this was a Korhaan. Of course, this isn't Etosha.
I was convinced about the identification through this link here
In Etosha you have the big Kori Bustard, the Red-crested korhaan and Northern black korhaan.
Compared to Kruger where you also have the Kori bustard and furthermore the Black-bellied bustard and the Red-crested korhaan.

Through its sandy appearance, the Rüppel's korhaan has an efficient camouflage in the desert. And as you could read in the link, it's definitely a desert species.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rüppell's Bustard

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Gruiformes

Family: Otididae

Genus: Eupodotis

Species: E. rueppellii

Binomial name
Eupodotis rueppellii
(Wahlberg, 1856)
Heterotetrax rueppellii

The Rüppell's Bustard (Eupodotis rueppellii) is a species of bird in the family Otididae. It is native to southwestern Africa in Angola and Namibia, occurring in semi-desert habitats.

It is a small bustard, only 60 cm long. The head and neck are grey, with black stripes down the throat (less marked in females), through the eye, and on the sides of the neck, and white cheeks. The body is sandy brown above, and white below. The legs are sandy yellow-brown.

Thx for looking

rcrick, valy67, Evelynn, angela926, crs, Argus, haraprasan, eng55, CeltickRanger, ferranjlloret, smitha has marked this note useful
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Hi Annick,

Really nice capturs of this Rüppell's korhaan, love the POV and the f.4 has isolated the subject beautifully.

Love the light falling on the back and the long shadow its created, really nice work.

t.f.s Cheers Rick :0)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-03 14:57]

Hello Annick !
What a cute and gracious bird you have found here, I love its long neck, and I also like the pose in which you have captured this one. The light and the natural colors look gorgeous, and you have composed the picture very beautifully. Very well done !

The low angled light adds a lot to this image, Annick. It is a nice classic pose in a beautifully executed image. I like the toning colors that unify the image.

Evelynn : )

Hello annick,
Good shot, excellent composition and nice low pov,
fantastic sharpness and depth of field, lovely natural
colors and nice light.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-03 20:20]

Hello Annick,
I can see why it would camouflaged in the desert. Great POV
and excellent composition.. Well done


simple and perfect, TFS Ori

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-03 22:51]

Hello Annick,

I like the way you have used the DOF, showing sharply the bird and isolating it from the rest of the scene. The sharp image is showing well the bird with good details of the plumage. Even if the lighting solution you have chosen, with light comming from behind the bird, is difficult you have got nice and naturaly looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-04 0:42]

merhaba Annick
Afrikanın zengin çeşitliliğinden bir kare daha
tür ve çekim nefis
bakış açısı, pozu ve netliği başarılı
eline sağlık

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-04 1:41]

Hello Annick,
An excellent capture of this bustard, the low-angled lighting and the OOF BG allowing it to be seen well and the sharpness is excellent.
I agree with your ID: it is a Rüppell's Korhaan.
Must be a new species on TN: congratulations both for that and the fine quality of this image!

Hi Annick,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-04 3:32]

Hallo Annick,
Mooie foto van deze Rüppels Korhaan (vrouwtje). Ik heb hem daar ook gezien, maar alleen van grote afstand. Wel bijzonder, want zijn verspreidingsgebied is maar klein.
Genomen vanuit een goed laag standpunt in mooie natuurlijke kleuren en uitstekende scherpte. Een aanwinst!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-04 3:33]

Hi Annick,
What a beautiful bird this is and you have captured very neatly in this composition. Good use of depth and great lighting here. tfs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-04 7:43]

Hi Annick,
Beautiful capture.I liked harmonious colors,use of backlight,BG and framing a lot.
Thanks for posting.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-04 7:52]

Annick, Lovely crisp image.
- Murali

hello Annick

excellent image of Rüppell's Bustard, shot with fine POV
and framing, beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, i love the effect of « contre-jour »,



Hello Annick,
Good shot & excellent composition of this Rüppell's Bustard, interesting species!!
TFS. Ferran

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 357 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-04 18:54]

Hello Annick,
Nice shot of the Bustard standing tall. Excellent sharpness and POV.
The perfect DPF isolats the bird from the background.
Thanks for the share,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-05 4:43]

Hello Annick,
This Bustard is looking very proud as it strides along! I like the low POV and the low llight casting a long shadow. Fine details and colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Wonderful capture Annick.
What beautiful light,and your image is very nicely composed.
Beautiful work.

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