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Knysna Turaco

Knysna Turaco
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300mm APO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-20 0:33
Viewed: 4055
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Knysna Turaco, or, in South Africa, Knysna Lourie, Tauraco corythaix , is a large turaco, one of a group of African near-passerine birds. It is a resident breeder in the mature evergreen forests of southern and eastern South Africa. It was formerly sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Green Turaco of West Africa. The Livingstone's and Schalow's Turacos were once considered subspecies.

This species lays two eggs in a shallow platform nest made from sticks and placed in a tree or clump of creepers.

This is an unmistakable bird, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. It is 4042 cm long, including a long tail. The small but thick orange-red bill and a white line just under the eye contrast with the mainly green plumage. It has a tall green crest, which is tipped with white. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep orange. In flight, Knysna Turaco shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but juvenile birds have a shorter crest without the white tips.

The Knysna Turaco is usually seen flying between forest trees, or hopping along branches. It feeds on fruit, insects and earthworms. It has a loud kow-kow-kow-kow call.

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Hi Zeno,
How you manage to go so close with 300 mm lens are these captive birds??? Doesn't matters to me. A super captured portrait of this lovely bird. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hallo Zeno,

op canvas laten printe.
Uitstekende plaat.


amazing portrait TFS Ori

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2010-08-20 4:42]

Nice portrait. Gary

Hello Zeno,
a very touchy shot depicting the nature world. Exciting colours and superbs clarity. The bird also gives a god impact to the composition.
Nice presentation.
Anil Purohit

Hi Zeno,
fantastic colors sharpness and details for this photo. Very very good image. Regards, Paolo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-08-20 7:48]

Amazing details on this turaco, Zino.
I love those red "eyelashes"!
The colors are beautiful as well.
Excellent sharpness around the eye.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-20 8:04]

Hallo Zeno,
Deze heb ik in Walsrode gemist. In Zuid Afrika heb ik in het gebied gelopen waar ze voorkomen, maar ook daar niet gezien. Een collega van me die een jaar later naar hetzelfde gebied ging, had ik tevoren gewaarschuwd. En die heeft ze WEL gezien...grrrrr. En vogels interesseren haar niet!!!
Prachtige foto in fantastische scherpte en erg mooie kleuren. Het oog is hier de eye-catcher. De scherptediepte is nog net niet helemaal perfect (snavel) maar het scheelt niet veel. Mooie bijpassende achtergrond. Goede compositie.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-20 8:12]

Hello Zeno,
This is a superb close of this species of Turaco, the focusing on the eye being perfect, with excellent eye contact. The head is well shown against a nice BG.
Such a shot is nearly impossible in the wild and this is a good way of photographing well looked after captive birds.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hallo Zeno
dit is wel erg leuk
zo'n mooie kop met veel details en super scherp
de kleuren zijn bijzonder mooi
groetjes lou

Hey Zeno,
Very nice portrait of a cool looking bird. I love the details in the feathers and the sharpness around the eye. Very nice colors and composition. Thanks for sharing this nice image.

Hello Zeno,
Wonderful portrait af this cute bird with great sharpness, fine details, nice colours, excellent POV and BG. Well done!

Hallo Zeno,
a fantastic portrait of this exotic colourful bird taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and superb lighting, marvellous colours, very well done.
Have a good weekend

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-20 16:57]

Hi Zeno,

Besides being a beautiful shot this must be one of the most fantastic birds ever posted on TN. He looks like he is wearing fake red eyelashes! The eye is magnificent - the focus is so perfect that we can see each and every feather with all the beautiful shades of green and white. The red beak completes this fashion plate. The background is perfect too. Now I want to go back to Africa to see one for myself. On second thought, Germany is closer.


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  • CelloO (50)
  • [2010-08-23 10:45]

Hoi Zeno,

Wat een prachtige opname van deze mooie vogel, het is een van mijn favorieten vogeltjes.De foto is mooi van scherpte en een mooie DOF, mooie heldere kleur.
Kortom een PLAATJE!

Groetjes, Marcel

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