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African Darter (Female)

African Darter (Female)
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4-, Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-08-11 8:17
Viewed: 1432
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this Photograph of 'African Darter' at Lake Panic Hide at Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. One of my favourite places in the park is Lake Panic situated near to Skukuza Rest Camp is a birders Paradise. There are only 8 cars are allowed at a time, offering visitor to the hide a spot of a peace in an otherwise busy region. The hide overlooks a large dam in the very beautiful Sabie river.

* From Skukuza drive out to the four-way stop and turn right on the H11. After 4 Km turn right onto the S42 and follow this little road for 1.5 km until you reach the hide.

* Me and my wife reached there just before Sunset and were lucky to get such warm color of GOLDEN HOUR.

* The African Darter (Anhinga africana), sometimes called the Snake Bird, is a water bird of Sub-Saharan Africa. The African Darter is found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of water occur. The female and immature birds are brown in color. It is an 80 cm Cormorants like fish-eating species with a very long neck and, like other anhingas. Unlike other water birds, the feathers of African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged. In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation, it needs to dry its feathers. Thus the African Darter is often seen sitting along the water side spreading its wings and drying its feathers.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-11 8:26]

Hello Srikumar,
Very nice capture of this African Darter bird with open wings! Details on the dark feathers are great. Nice composition and good colors.Regards Sigi

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in fantastic pose, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, 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)
  • [2015-08-11 11:45]

Hi Srikumar,great timing to take the darter in this majestic wings position,and great quality too despite the difficult backlight,a new wonderful pic from Kruger,very useful as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

It is a pleasure to look at this beautiful bird spread out his wings to dry his feathers. good sharpnes and warm soft backbround. - monique

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-11 12:47]

Hello Srikumar,
Special warm colours in this capture. The reddish background gives a special effect. The darter is photographed in good sharpness from a fine POV in a good composition.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-08-11 12:48]

Hi Srikumar

Excellent capture of African Darter under a very nice pose and composition, very beautiful natural colors.



Hello Srikumar,
It is a pleasure viewing this photo with a very interesting bird. Amazing sharpness and excellent DOF. Outstanding composition.

The lighting (and the warm colours it brings) are lovely. A nice capture of this exotic species in it's typical posture, in good sharpness too! Cheers.

Hello Srikumar

Great shot of the African Darter in the golden hour and with great backlight effect,
with superb focus, sharpness, and details of its darker plumage, TFS


Hello Friend,
VERY Nice shot. Fantastic colours. I also see some black birds here with same pose.

fantastic shot with this warm light and warm colors. like

Hello Srikumar,
une superbe prise,dans une position intéressante; bonne lumière et couleurs agréables.

Bon W-E

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-14 10:32]

Hi Srikumar,
An excellent capture ..
Good composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-08-16 2:05]

Hi Srikumar,
Interesting light and colours.
Perfect composition with nice clasic pose.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Srikumar
The background highlights this bird in a great way and the backlight creates an interesting effect. Well mdone.


Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the African Darter. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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