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Oriental Darter

Oriental Darter
Photo Information
Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A65V, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-24 8:01
Viewed: 1630
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Oriental Darter or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster ) is a water bird of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. It has a long and slender neck with a straight, pointed bill and like a cormorant, it hunts for fish while it hunts with its body submerged in water. It spears fish underwater, brings it to the surface and tosses it into the air before swallowing. The body remains submerged as it swims and the slender neck alone is visible above the water leading to its other name of snakebird. Like the cormorants, it has wettable feathers and it is often found perched on a rock or branch with its wings held open to dry.
The Oriental Darter is a member of the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to American (Anhinga anhinga), African (Anhinga rufa, with vulsini of Madagascar as a subspecies), and Australasian (Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters.

This picture was taken in low light and foggy weather in the birdsanctuary of Bharatpur.

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hallo pierre
Great composition with good details and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Mr.Pierre,
Majestic neck position.Beautiful species.Well captured.Nice details on plumage with natural colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Beautiful composition, Pierre. You have captured this magnificent Anhinga melanogaster in an elegant pose, in addition, the choice of this beautiful beautiful trunk bark is a perfect complement to this work. The hazy sky harmonizes with the general tone of the work. Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing your art.

A hug from Argentina;
Hernán Ernesto Bortondello.

Hello Piere,
This bird has a very interesting shape. The had and neck looks very close to the Grey Heron....but the body is like the cormorant....
Excellent composition and very good focus.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-24 12:54]

Hello Pierre,
Excellent photo of this Darter in an attractive pose, beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Nice blurred background and composition.

Ciao Pierre, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-24 15:31]

Hi Pierre,truly a miracle in this terrible light! Magnificent capture of this beautiful darter in a kamasutra position..ehehe.very original pose and a very professional quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo pierre
照的清晰 很漂亮的大鳥
顏色高貴華麗 第一次見到很新奇
光線優美 翅膀有層次感的美及花紋也很特殊
構圖美麗 背景深遂


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-02-25 5:51]

Interesting pose by the Darter...well composed image..best candidate for a b&w. tfs.

Hello Pierre
Superb capture with good detail and colour.
Well composed too.
Best wishes,

Ciao Pierre. Impressive DOF stunning details and good colours despite the difficult light.


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