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My cousin stays in Knysna

My cousin stays in Knysna
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Emerald Casino Resort Animal Park
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-22 5:23
Viewed: 4959
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-crested Turaco also called: Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi)

The 19 species of turaco are fowl-like, tree-dwelling birds of tropical Africa. Except for the go-away birds, which are grey and white, turacos are glossy and brightly coloured, with long, broad tails and short, rounded wings. Many species have hairy crests and bare skin around the eye area. The brilliant red of the head and wing feathers of some species is the result of a copper complex pigment, unique in the animal kingdom, which is soluble in alkalis. The quite different green pigment is also unique.

Turacos have short, stout bills and feed largely on insects and fruit. Males and females look alike.

This bird is Olive green with iridescent, blue-black crown. It has a large white spot in front of red eye ring and a long white streak below eye. Its wings and tail are glossy purple, with red flight feathers. It is about 40 cm long. It omits a series of about 12 kwok notes. They are native to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Usually found in highland evergreen forests and gardens.
It has a very active and noisy courtship behaviour: fans tail, flashes wings, and runs along tree limbs. Lays 2 eggs in a frail stick nest hidden high in a tree.

This bird is common, and usually the only turaco, in the wet mountain forests above the popular East Africa safari routes. It may be glimpsed in Kenya on Mount Kenya, in the Aberdare Moutains, and around Nairobi, and in Tanzania on Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

This specimen was found in the Emerald City Animal Park. The pair were starting to build a nest for the breeding season. It was fun to watch them fetch twigs and hop along the branches of the trees in the aviary.

PDP, Lourens, Callie, letr, RAP, japie, nwoehnl, AndyB, Jean-Luc has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mogens-j: Thank yougerhardt 1 08-23 16:44
To japie: Die plek...gerhardt 1 08-22 15:15
To letr: Thank yougerhardt 1 08-22 12:29
To Callie: Right again...gerhardt 2 08-22 09:45
To RAP: Bottom of imagegerhardt 1 08-22 08:58
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-22 5:47]

It looks like an old lady with a fancy hat on, it wouldn't look out of place to see her pouring a teapot. Good colour, ad composition and the usual excellent note. Well done Gerhard.

Very nice Gerhard.
Beautiful colors and composition.
Great note
Well done

Very nice, Gerhard. I like the colours and pose. Could possibly do with a bit of USM. I allso like your notes.

NO No no, leave them to me! Nice to know there are some here in SA. I know this guy well from photos, a Kenyan resident. They are tricky and difficult to shoot, I think you did well her, Gerhard! Presies waar is die plek?

Very nice pose here Gerhard, like the colortones here and the composition, there seems to be some noise in the BG.. I will try a ws to eleminate that ..

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-22 8:42]
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Con modelos así, quién puede competir contigo Gerhard? :-)
Hermosos colores, excelente perspectiva y encuadre.
Creo que modificaste el fondo de la imagen manualmente... personalmente hubiera preferido el original, aunque no tuviera la mejor profundidad.
Muy buenas notas tambien.

With models thus, who can compete with you Gerhard? :-)
Beautiful colors, excellent perspective and frame. I believe that you modified the bottom of the image manually... personally had preferred the original one, although did not have the best depth.
Very good notes too.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-22 13:36]
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Ek will ook weet waar die plek is asb. Veru good capture with excellent DOF and color. You better watch out, its giving you the eye! Thanks for posting

Very interesting "hairdo" on this fellow, Gerhard. Great colors and detail in the plumage, and good posing on the diagonal branch that is beneficial for the composition. Very informative notes yet again, good job.

Nice picture of this beautiful coloured bird Gerhardt. the pose is very nice as well as the cropping. Though there are some noise in the picture and it should not be that difficult to remove so I will take the liberty to make a WS for you - hope it is OK.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-22 19:43]

What an amazing looking bird!
Excellent colours and composition,nice DoF.
The note as always is very informative.
Very well done.

Very nice shot and interesting note.
Well done Gerhard!

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