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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-22 3:40
Viewed: 4181
Points: 40
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Helmeted Guineafowl
(Numida meleagris)

It is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It breeds in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies and southern France.

It breeds in warm, fairly dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland. It lays its large clutch of 20-30 eggs in a well-hidden lined scrape, and the females incubate the eggs for 26-28 days. These guineafowl live as long as 12 years in the wild.

The Helmeted Guineafowl is a large (53-58 cm) bird with a round body and small head. They weigh about 1.3 kg. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. Like other guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head, in this case decorated with a dull yellow or reddish bony knob, and red and blue patches of skin. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is also short.

This is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. Its diet consists of seeds and small invertebrates. GuineaFowl are particularly well suited to consuming massive quantities of lyme disease carrying ticks. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and are more prone to run rather than fly when alarmed. They are, however, very agile and powerful flyers. Helmeted Guineafowl are great runners, and can run 5 km in a day. It makes loud harsh calls when disturbed. Their diet consists of a variety of animal and plant food; seeds, berries, greens, small snails, spiders, and insects.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-22 4:27]

Ciao Andrea

What a splendid portrait! The colors, details and DOF are all perfect!!! I also look u pto the light, the BG and the very original framing. Great work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Andrea,
Nice macro.nice soft light and good sharpness.Well done.Have a week-end.


Oh una faraona!
Bella composizione, buoni colori, grazie e buono fine settimana, Arnaud.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-22 5:02]

I love these weird looking creatures! You show him off so well Andrea, his colours and pose and good looks are great! TFS

Hi Andrea,
Those guys look so great, and you capture him very well here!
Excellent portrait of an alert model, giving his best pose...
Superb colours and sharp fine details in this well framed image!
Pablo -

Hi Andrea,
Very nice portrait of this guineafowl. Sharp and clear image. Well done and seen. I like your creative frame, made this picture more like painting. Very well done and TFS.

Ciao Andrea!
Another interesting bird you were able to photograph on your trip. I'm extremely curious to find out whether the shot was taken in captivity. The shadow on the right of the bird's head suggests wall right behind it and that's why I'm asking. Congratulations,

Hi Andrea,
An excellent portrait on this Helmeted Guineafowl. A spot on exposure has really brought out the beautiful colors and tones. Fine detail shown in the plumage. Great OOF backround. This allows the bird to really stand out.

Anche se normalmente non mi piaciono le varie cornici..magari un giorno le farò anch'io... Lafoto mi piace molto. Complimenti ciao gigicacco

Hi Andrea,
Very nice shot! Excellent detail and a very good BG! Nice work with this lens! Seems to me a good one...! Are you happy with this lens?


Hi Andrea!
What an interesting portrait of this queer looking fowl! I like the way you have played around with the egdes of the picture; somehow it goes well with the portrait.
Well done and TFS.

Hola Andrea
Un retrato preciosa de esta ave, tan bonita y poco fotografiada.
Buenos colores y nitidez de lujo.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-09-22 13:03]

Ciao Andrea,
As usual a splendid shot. Technically excellent although personally I fell the framework is a bit too distracting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-09-22 13:07]

Hello Andrea,
This is a fine portrait with an artistic frame.
It has all the merits of a fine portrait, sharpness, comp., BG and framing.
TFS, regards, Ivan

forse un pò troppa luce sulla capoccia, bella l'dea di una cornice povera.

ciao mario

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-22 17:38]

Very strange bird :-) But very nice picture ! Sharp, well composed and I like the frame. Well done !


Hi Andrea,
Delightful capture. Love the colours and sharpness of the bird against the BG.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-22 20:28]
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Hello Andrea

It takes a certain magic to make something unattractive and turn it into a thing of beauty.Well done.A lovely portrait of this guineafowl.Excellent DOF and POV , the colours are vivid.Nicely framed and presented in an artistic way.TFS


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-23 4:01]

Hi Andrea,
Really an original bird perfectly captured. Maximum details, soft light, perfect pose and bg and the best composition for a portrait.
José M.

With such a subject and such a pose, this portrait has impact. Sharp, good details and natural colours against a neutral yet matching background. You picked the right frame for it, too! Bravo, Andrea.

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