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Burchells Coucal

Burchells Coucal
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Copyright: Chris Neumann (chrisruth) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-29 1:10
Viewed: 5901
Points: 16
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Burchell's Coucal

The Burchell's Coucal is endemic, being found mainly in South Africa, living in a wide variety of habitats. It is a voracious predator, feeding on small birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. Interestingly, the male does more work than the female, building the nest, incubating the eggs and doing most of the hunting. The chick's feet develop quickly, and they are capable of clambering around bushes long before they can fly. They usually leave the nest at 21 days old, after which they are still dependent on their parents for weeks.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-29 1:21]
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Hallo Chris !
Super capture. The colors are beautiful and their very good contrast.
The description provided is also interesting.
Welcome to TN, good luck and best thoughts for me. Many pleasant and comments.
Have a beautiful day,

Hello Chris,
welcome to TN; a splendid capture of Burchell's Coucal taken from a good POV with fine details and beautiful natural colours, great pose of the bird in a nice c omposition, well done
Best regards

Hello Chris,

Excellent capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are good.
I liked the notes.

Hello Chris and Ruth,
Very interesting shot of this beautiful bird in its natural environnement. I'm sure it was not easy to approch it and this photo is a result of your patience. Thanks for your kind note to my photo of an hoverfly. Cheers,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-05-07 9:35]

A new bird for me, and what a nice one, it's even an original one. Many thanks for the informative notes too. I like the light in the background and the darker branch where the bird is standing. Coucal is a great name for a bird and you are very lucky to live close by a reserve in South Africa! A dream of many kids when I was young, I wanted to become like Daktari. Thank you for this picture, I really like it,


hi Chris

I have been informed that FL300mm for this lens will be soft, so you should try to avoid that long zoom end. The focus is a bit blur for this one but otherwise it is a great shot of the bird nicely positioned with superb bokeh effect of the BG. Perhaps just a crop of the tail.

tfs, bill

Hi Chris,

You have framed this bird really well. I like the perch on that diagonal branch with fine texture and details. The exposure of the plumage is so vivid and the eye is in great focus. You have managed the DoF really well in isolating the subject in this superb tall frame capture.

TFS and best regards,

Hallo Chris
Pragtige voŽls die nÍ? en nie sommer dat mens hulle kry om so stil te sit nie. Hulle is mos maar skaam en skugter. Ek kon darem een afneem wat in die voŽlbad by my slaapkamer venster kom water drink het. Alhoewel die foto aan die bokant nie heeltemal in fokus is nie, kan mens die duidelike rooi van die oog mooi sien. Die detail wat jy egter op die vere vasgevang het is mooi duidelik sigbaar. 'n Pragtige tonneel van die pragvoŽl op 'n boomstomp. Dankie vir jou deelname. Vriendelike groete soos altyd.

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