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Crested Coua - for Ivan (Argus)

Crested Coua - for Ivan (Argus)
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-28
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 3, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6-, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-16 4:45
Viewed: 7397
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am dedicating this shot to Ivan for his dedication to TN and especially his knowledge of birds. This may be a first posting of this species on TN, as it is a Madagascar endemic.

Couas are large, mostly terrestrial birds of the cuckoo family, endemic to the island of Madagascar. Coua derives from koa, the Malagasy name for a cuckoo or coua, which is in turn an onomatopoeic of some species' call notes.

Reminiscent of African Turacos when walking along tree branches, they likewise feature brightly coloured bare skin around the eyes. Some resemble Coucals in their habit of clambering through plant tangles while foraging, while the arboreal species move between tree canopies with gliding flight. Four species occur(red) in rainforests while the remaining six are found in the dry forests of western and southern Madagascar.

They have large feet, with a reversible third toe like all cuckoos. Their long tibia suggest a relationship with the Carpococcyx Ground-Cuckoos of Asia, a genus with similar nestlings. Consequently they are sometimes united in the subfamily Couinae. Couas build their own nests and lay white eggs. Couas' calls are short series of evenly spaced notes, which are sometimes answered by other individuals.

The Crested Coua, Coua cristata, is a medium-sized, approximately 44cm long, greenish-grey coua with grey crest, blue bare orbital skin, rufous breast, brown iris, black bill and legs, white belly and long white-tipped purplish-blue tail feathers.

The Crested Coua is distributed and endemic to forests, savanna and brushland of Madagascar. It is found from sea-level to altitude of 900 metres. The diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, snails and chameleons. The female usually lays two white eggs in nest made from twigs.

Widespread and a common species throughout its large habitat range, the Crested Coua is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-16 4:50]

Hi James,
that bird! If you see a blue sky almost no one noticing. Splendid picture, thanks for the opportunity to look at us.
A great dedication to Ivan.
Have a nice WE,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-16 4:52]

Hello James,
From all the Coua species this is the only one I've seen in Madagascar. But I didn't have a good photo of it.
Nice photo in beautiful soft colours. Good sharpness, POV and composition.
Well deserved dedication to Ivan.
Kind regards,

Hellow James,
What unique and beautiful colours, with a soft and moody atmosphere you have created,the well defined crop on its head and its overall colouration, well done.

That, indeed, is an exotic species of birds endemic to Madagascar, James.
The eye is its most distinctive feature which you have captured well in this shot.
Thanks and regards.

Hallo James
What a striking bird with striking colours and subtle features and feathers. Wow, I really like the delicate feathers of the crest, the chest, the tummy and underneath the tailpiece, it sure is very pretty. The details around the eye is very fascinating and I would have loved to see this gorgeous bird in a bit lighter environment to show all these pretty details to the best for my not so good eyes. Thanks for sharing this 1st of its kind to Trek Nature as part of a dedication to Ivan. A lovely gesture from one excellent photographer to another. Thanks for sharing.Kind regards.
Ps. I also want to use this opportunity to thank you for adding me to your list of favourites. I respect you for the person you are and have great admiration for your photography and to be placed in your favourite cubicle together with photographers like Alexei Alyokhin, Gert Ellstrom and Paul Haynes is indeed a great honour.

hello James
interesting picture, the colors are particular with this blue sovereignty, little noisy but nice output, nice photo!
keep photographing! TFS

hello James

it is very beautiful this blue colored bird, fine POV,
beautiful pose of the bird, fine focus sharpness
and details, and i love the blue dominance
colour tones of the image, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-16 9:36]

Hi James. Firstly this is a fine dedication to are good friend Ivan. With congrats to you for a first on TN. This Crested Coua
has very unusual eye markings and upright feathers on its head.
Taken with good detail and natural colours. well taken TFs.

Hello James, lovely shot of this cute bird.
TFS and regards,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-16 10:07]

Hola James: A pesar de las dificultades del ambiente, has logrado una foto maravillosa de una especie que yo no conocía...saludos.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-16 11:58]

Hello James,
Very beautiful photo with fantastic contrasting and clear colours. The details and sharpness are very good. Excellent POV and composition. I like the dark BG very much.Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-16 15:30]

Hi James,

Congratulation on this first on TN and thank you for introducing me to this Coua. An amazing looking bird with the wonderful crest, fascinating eye, wonderful plumage and tail feathers. A rare bird like this is a perfect dedication to Ivan.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-16 18:03]

Hola James.
Excellent and fine work You have done here. Could not be any better- I know it is not easy one due the BG with a lot of light.
Beautiful blue colors. Sr. Ivan should be very happy for this present You gave to him.
Great Note You have written.

Hello James,
Hope you'll be doing fine friend. Sorry for missing it earlier.What a superb shot of a bird which is new to me and what a wonderful dedication to a learned and humble person here on TN whose acquaintance was a matter of great honour for me personally. I think the photo was taken in the fading light and was sharpened a bit but its does not deprive the shot of the beauty its has captured, splendid indeed!James, this site has gathered together a great bunch of people for itself and you are one of them....it is so good to know all of you...thanks a lot for sharing a fantastic photo...warmest regards/Abid

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-17 0:14]

Hi James,
Very nice capture of this interesting bird.I'd never seen it before.POV,details and visual impact are perfect.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Bro James,

Fantastic capture of this spectacular bird and well-deserved dedication to our frind Ivan.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Ps. sorry i could not write detailed comment since i had a heavy influenza at this weekend!

amazing bird, TFS Ori

hello James
this first shot is very nice of colorful Crested Coua. I am pleasure to see such a rare species here.
you nicely captured it with sharp focus, great eyes contact, POV and colors.
It is also great dedication to our friend, Ivan. Nowadays I have not seen his on TN. I hope everything very well and we see him in short time.
thanks for sharing this beauty. best compliments.
have a nice week.

Hello James,
congratulations on first posting on TN, a great dedication to our friend Ivan; fantastic capture of this very beautiful bird, very goood sharpness and beautiful natural colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-17 22:45]

Thanks a lot James!
The Crested Coua is a beautiful species and a bird that I have never seen before. Congratulations on taking such a fine portrait of a species that is a first on TN!
Considering that this is nearly 5 years old this has superb quality and the POV and pose add to the charm.
Thanks again and have a good week,

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