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Copyright: Jean Patrick Reiner (bedford67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 164] (438)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta XD7, 135mm f/2,8, Polarization filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 9:08
Viewed: 5431
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
African Marabout - Marabout d'Afrique (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Order - Ordre: Ciconiiformes
Family - Famille: Ciconiidés
Height - Taille: 140-150 cm
Envergure - Wing span: 300 cm

In spite of its membership of a family of wader birds, the marabout of Africa is closer to the vultures. Carrions are its essential food resource and it planes with good height in order to watch for the meal opportunity. It goes then down at high speed, its wings producing a humming. The marabout mixes with vultures on the carcasses of large mammals like antelopes and buffaloes of which it can easily bore the abdominal wall thanks to his powerful beak. Its naked head and neck enable him to deeply insert the beak in the corpses without soiling the feathers. In more of carrions, the marabout eats various animals which pass to its range. He often feeds himself while going to ground or in water, capturing frogs and snakes in not very deep marshes, or small mammals. Grasshoppers and locusts are also easy preys and are consumed in great quantities. The marabout plunders also the nest of other birds. Thus he devours eggs or cubs of queleas or flamingos.

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2. Groups

Original digitized with a scaner AGFA SnapScan e50, then improved with Photoshop CS as follows:
Reinforcement of dark tone: 60%
Attenuation of light tone: 5%
Contrast: +10
Luminosity: +5

By hoping you will like the photograph, I will be happy to know your comments.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 9:10]

Hello Jean!
Welcome back;)Very nice capture.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi, welcome back, Jean Patrick!
Very nice portrait, good pose, excellent composition.

Welcome back Jean!
Wonderful post.Lighting,details,POV and composition are perfect.very well done!Thanks for sharing.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-18 10:37]

glad your back Jean Patrick,
very good composed shot, well capture shot, the pov is nice and the dof is good and well framed, good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-20 4:47]

Hello Jean-Patrick!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. African colors.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

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