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Calao Terrestre

Calao Terrestre
Photo Information
Copyright: Patrick Hubert (yquem46) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (790)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Nikon 300mm f/4 AF S
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up....II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-21 8:19
Viewed: 4983
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
La famille des Bucorvidae est celle des Bucorves ou Calaos terrestres, oiseaux de taille grande à très grande (80 à 120 cm), au long bec courbe surmonté d'un casque creux, avec des caroncules noires ou rouges. Ils possèdent des ailes larges et arrondies, et une longue queue. On les trouve exclusivement en Afrique sub-saharienne. Ils fréquentent surtout la savane.

The Southern Ground-hornbill, Bucorvus leadbeateri or cafer, is one of two species of ground-hornbill and is the largest species of hornbill. It is a large bird, at 90 to 129 cm (36 to 51 in) long and a weight of 2.2 to 6.2 kg (4.8 to 13.6 lbs), with the male considerably larger than the female. It is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat (yellow in juvenile birds). The white tips of the wings (primary feathers) seen in flight are another diagnostic characteristic. The beak is black and straight and presents a casque, more developed in males. Female Southern Ground-hornbills are smaller and have violet-blue skin on their throats.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-21 8:25]

Hello Patrick,
Fantastic close photo of this Southern Ground-hornbill in a great pose. Beautiful clear colours and very sharp. Excellent low POV, DOF and OOF BG.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-01-21 9:32]

hi patrick,
Nice pitcure.. good bird which i had never seen before. you could have left a little more space around the bird.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-21 9:44]

Bonsoir Patrick,
A very nice portrait of a male Southern Ground Hornbill with a fine pose from this frontal low POV. Technically this is excellent and the frame-filling composition superb.
Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Kind regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-21 10:35]
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Hi Patrick. This is the first time i have seen this bird so thanks for posting. A first class close up showing good detail and natural colours. I would love to see the bird in flight. well done TFS.

beautiful and very sharp, TFS Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-21 11:09]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
selecto encuadre y fino pov,
maravillosa presentación.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-21 11:32]

Hi Patrick

A very beautiful capture of this Southern Ground-hornbill - something we don't see everyday here on TN.
The tight composition works well here since the details on the bird are so beautiful and sharp.
The exposure is also well calculated, retaining colors and details in both the darkest and brightest parts of the frame.
On top of everything, the excellent shallow DOF ensures a very nice bokeh in the BG that makes the hornbill stand out even better.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

wonderful photo with perfect sharp and very beautiful colours , nice details and good natural light ,

Hello Patrick,
nice low pov ad good dof.
Beautiful colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-21 12:45]

Hello Patrick,
Wow, your captures are so professional and this one is no exception! Fantastic close view of this exotic Hornbill in a fine pose with excellent focus on the turned head. Very sharp and beautiful clear colours. A beautiful background too and nicely framed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Bonjour Patrick !
J'ai vu cet oiseau une fois, au Zoo d'Amnéville, il est très beau mais il doit être encore plus beau quand on le rencontre dans la nature ! J'adore cette image, elle est de la même qualité que toutes tes autres photos, avec des détails, des couleurs, une composition merveilleuses, et ici en plus j'adore la pose de l'oiseau. Félicitations !

Beautiful colours..........

Bonjour Patrick
Moi aussi , j'ai vu cet oiseau au zoo d'Amnéville ( le même jour que Valérie ) cette photp est simplement superbe, le BG clair
fait un joli contraste avec les couleurs de l'oiseau
belle netteté
passe une bonne nuit

Hello Patrick,
Excellent portrait of this male Southern Ground Hornbill with a very good sharp and fine details.
Thanks for posting. TFS and best regards. Ferran

Ciao Patrick,
très belle image de cet oiseau, comme toujouurs la meme grande qualité que tes autres images, j'aime les couleurs et le contraste avec l'arrière-plan.
Merci et mes compliments.
Amicalement, bonne soirée.

The photo is impeccable my friend, everything was well done.



Hi Patrick
This is a beautiful photo of this special bird. I like the composition and the way the bird is posing for the camera. TFS.

Hello Patrick,
Great you were able to get so close.
I think this one is quite endangered.
I could photograph one with a snake in its bill.
I thought males had red and females orange. Not so apparently.
Very good pose; precise moment.

hi patrick!
what a great bird!
sharp with very nice pov and dof
well done!

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