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White-bellied Bustard

White-bellied Bustard
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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: 2008-08-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 2:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the (Northern) White-bellied Bustard, Eupodotis senegalensis. It’s 48-61 cm. This is the male. The female and juvenile have less marking on head and neck.
It lives in a area just South of the Sahara from Senegal to Somalia/Kenya and in some areas from Angola to Botswana.

Lightly wooded savannah, semi-arid scrub and farmlands.

Sparsely distributed, with disjunct distribution; usually in groups of 2 or 3, rarely 4.

Harsh and guttural, frog-like ‘wakka waak’.

(Source: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan.)

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Hallo Peter,
Altijd blij als ik een Bustard zie. Voel me onmiddellijk in Afrika.
Speciale vogels. Lopen altijd zo trots:-)
Ik denk niet dat deze soort al gepubliceerd is geweest.
Goede focus and DOF.

Hallo Peter,
this is a superb capture with fantastic bird. I like very much the pose of the White-bellied Bustard, he looks surprised.
Nice composition with a good POV.
Well done.
Best regards

Hi Peter,

Well detailed image with the subject standing out well from the background. He looks a lot different from his southern cousin the Kori Bustard but has the same pose. I have seen the kori walking like this and, when spotting a flying insect, they leap up and catch it in flight. I do not know if this one does the same.



great portrait, TFS Ori

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-02 3:29]

very interesting species

Hi Peter,
Very nice picture of this rarely seen White-bellied Bustard; great low POV, good composition, sharp fine details and bright natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-02 4:03]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful capture of a White-bellied Bustard taken in an ideal pose from a great POV with superb sharpness. The eye contact and composition are marvellous and though bustards generally rely on camouflage this is well seen against the bare soil BG.
I wonder if this is a new species on TN, if so congratualtions for that too1
TFS and best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-02 4:58]

Hello Peter,
In a way this is a funny picture, looking at this very special bird, looking at the photographer. I like the generous framing, showing also the dry environment and the bush at the right. The colors of the Bustard's plumage are "très raffinée". A very interesting picture completed by a very useful note.
Thanks alot
Have a nice week

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-02 6:15]

Hi Peter.
What a cute bird you have pictured. I like excellent framing of the scene, nice and perfectly detailed surroundings. Elegant bird and natural pictorial bush on the right side of the picture create an excellent composition of the image. Clarity of the image, 3D-effect and wonderful natural colours are superb. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful white bellied bustard. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-02 6:41]

Hello Peter
Nice and interesting capture. Beautiful and natural colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-02 7:34]

Hello Peter,
These birds are so elegant with their heads carried high! I like the light colours of this one and the beautiful sharp profile. Very well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

That's a lovely bird, Peter, never saw such a guy before.
Very good sharpness, thanks for sharing it with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-02 10:07]

Hello Peter,
Amazing image of the bird and pictorial scenery. I like wonderful light and shadow pattern, nice ground and precise DOF. Well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-02 10:26]

Hi Peter,

This Bustard stands out so well from his surroundings. I love the pose showing off his beautiful colors and wonderful facial markings. The details are superb. A wonderful setting and composition.


Hello Peter,
Very beautiful photo in great sharpness, details and clear colours. Good composition and POV.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-02 10:38]

Hello Peter
Great shot shot of this beautiful bustard with nice posture.
TFS and G's,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-02 11:52]

Merhaba Dostum Peter,
Yabancısı olduğum bu kuş türlerini tanıtan harika kareler sunuyorsunuz. Bu da diğerleri gibi enfes olmuş.
Emeğine sağlık.


Hi Peter, excellent shot of this long-necked beauty with a great clarity, nice dof and POV.
TFS and Cheers,,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-02 12:42]

Hi Peter. You were so lucky on you trip to get so many fantastic bird so thanks for sharing them with us. Once again a stange looking bird with the long blue coloured neck. And unusual face markings. You have taken this with good detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

Hello Peter

A very interesting species once again.
The bird is well placed in the frame and well focused showing lovely plumage.
Very good POV,the bird appears aware of you being there.
The colours are interesting.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-03 0:19]

Hello Peter,
What a wonderful picture of a very colorful bird with a fantastic light!

Ola Peter,
uma graciosa ave posando para a foto exelente oportunidade e bem aproveitada parabéns.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-03 12:15]

Ha Peter,

Een onbekende voor mij,heeft fraaie kleuren,de compositie is schitterend en het struikje in de rechtervoorgrond draagt hier ook toe bij,mooie aparte vogels,zeker als ze gaan tokkelen,bedankt


Hi Peter

Congrats on this very natural picture! Nice POV indicating the habitat as well.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-04 23:27]

Hello Peter !
What a strange bird ! I love his long neck and his long legs, he looks really strange, but he's beautiful ! I also love his pose, he looks attentive, and ready to fly (or run) away. I also like the composition showing large parts of his natural environment, the nice natural colors, and the POV. Very well done !

Hi Peter,
what a cute bird you have taken from an excellent POV, the sharpness is very good, i like the nice posture of this beautiful bird in a natural surroundings.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

Hi Peter,
beautiful pastel colours in this nicely composed capture,
with that rarely shown exotic species of bustard precisely presented in a perfect pose.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-24 8:16]

merhaba peter
i see good capture of this beautiful species with its habitat
i like its pose, eye contact, colours, POV and DOF

Hello Peter-Nice picture of this White-bellied Bustard.It's rare species here in TN now.Don't see anybody posting such picture.Nice colour and I like atmosphere here.Good sharpness.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this White-bellied Bustard with very fine POV, DOF, and framing,
gracious pose of the bird and with its eye-contact, beautiful light, TFS


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