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Still wearing my party clothes!

Still wearing my party clothes!
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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: 2004-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Toucans, Acrobat animals, Birds of Argentina, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, my favorite TN choices [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-02 18:40
Viewed: 15218
Favorites: 21 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Toco toucan
Ramphastos toco

Found in the wild in: Guiana, Brazil, N. Argentina. Their diet in the wild consists of small fruits , bird eggs, rodents, and insects.

The Toco is the largest of the toucan family with a large lightweight beak and a body with a length of 60cm (25"). Its large beak is full of "a combination of bright colors like blue, yellow, red, and orange". However, the body may be mostly black with one or two other colors on it like red and orange. These bright colors on the beak and body may be use to attract the toucan's mates. The large beak also has a narrow tongue use for eating small fruits and insects off trees; consequently, because of its large beak and body form, the Toco toucan is a poor flier and spends most of its time in hollow trees.

While spending most of their time in hollow trees, the Toco toucans live in small flocks within which they mate. The Tocos may, "mate once a year like most toucans, and build a their nest in hollow trees". In the nest the female lays two to four white eggs. After the eggs hatch the parents will care for the young for about 8 weeks.

A strange phenomena that toucans have in the wild is deafening each other while they are in small flocks. For instance, when they see a bird of prey, "they gather about it in a jeering band". Therefore, by doing this they scare off the predator, but deafening themselves.

Another special adaptation that toucans have is that when they sleep they but the beak on the back and close it with the wings. The bird then appears only black at night when sleeping.

This shot was taken at a bird park. The Toco was part of the show. He flies freely around the park without any constrains what so ever. I have never seen one before and all the colours suited the festive season just nicely I think.

All the best for 2005 for all of my friends on the site. May you have the best shooting conditions through out the year. :)

Technical data
Time of day: 11:18AM
Weather conditions: Bright sunshine
Focal length: 180mm
Flash: did not fire
Camera mode: Aperture priority

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-02 19:01]

Perfect, I had to look twice to see if this was doctored. Toco is funny looking guy. Detailed and I'm glad your flash didn't work. The exposer is just right.
Well done on this composition.


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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-02 19:36]

Welcome back, Gerhard...I've missed you! This is such a fun photo...it looks like a stuffed animal bird, not real...really cool looking Toucan and you a great job capturing the action!

And mines a pint of Guieness please (on for the Brits, the tocan used for many year be the symbol for the famous irish stout)
This is superbly captured and i too have to double check it wasnt pasted in but you wouldnt do that sort of thing any way, would you ;0)))#
great image and superb note as well TFS, and happy new Year, Ive still got a few more days offf and hopping for a little sun to light up my pictures.

Spectuacular shot Gerhard. The colours and sharpness are absolutely amazing. It's quite funny as he looks as though he's sprinting. Take care, Don.

Gerhard, Hey, the party's over man! Great action shot done very well. Great shooting conditions for you. It's been dark & wet here since I got back..Hope for better weather soon. Happy New Year my friend!

Some photos just make you smile, this is one of them. He looks like he's running off late for a party! The colors are so intense, I love how you captured this action shot! Excellent!

This is spectacular! He looks like an clown/acrobat running for the show. You certainly stole the show for today's pics with this one. Colors and background are just perfect.
DOF and sharpness are bang on. Great picture.

Hi Gerhard, nice to have you back.
The party is over and his nose is very red.;-)
Great coulors, sharpness, compo and avery good note.
Great work.

Happy New Year.

hihi trop amusant comme oiseau, on dirait un jouet !
les couleurs sont d'ne intensité remarquables.
good work.

Is he real? What a great looking bird, and those colours! I have to keep coming back to look at it cos he looks like an inflatable toy, especially the beak! He is adorable! TFS. The very best for you and yours for 2005.

Great capture, I think you've done a bit too much with neat image. Great colors.
Well caught.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-03 5:09]

This is your best Gerhard :-) Stoned toucan :-) Excellent. I think you'll collect 100pts for this colorful booser :-)

All the best to you too!!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-03 5:10]

This fellow looks like a clown running and jumping. Excellent colours and composition. Very crisp and clear. Well done.

A great winner here Gerhard! It's funny (well inspired title too :-)), unusual to see this splendid bird jumping like a crazy clown. Action is caught at the right moment, the POV showing just the side adding to the comic effect. It's like a cartoon, nearly unreal. Could become an add or a poster. A splendid moment, and a natural favorite! All the best to you too for 2005.

Beautiful Lollipop bird!
Gerhard - I wish you and Charmane only he very best to for 2005 as well - May the prosperity bore you!
A bird on my wish list, and then you make it walk on thin air - jus not fair!
Hope to have you back soon - want to post some creepy crawlies for you and Paul

Really nice to see you again Gerhard,
May I wish you you and your family a very good 2005. This is a ver nice capture you made here, I saw this bird yesterday in zoo, very amazing bird. Good taken, the freesing, good sharpnes and colours, erg goed werk en goede note,

Hello Gerhard, I have also been away some time, and we seem to return togheter...
A very funny shot you got, it looks irreal with this timing and colours, like a cartoon or something like that. At first I was very surprised to see this in SA, until I read your note, then I realized this is a cautive one.
Thanks for your wishes, the same to you, I am realy proud of sharing my modest images with kind people like you.

Seems like you caught him on the hop Gerhard. Fantastic looking bird with that beak. The colours are superb. Great post.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-03 15:20]

Welcome back Gerhard! If you post shots like these, we wont let you leave again :)

This is one of the sharpest action shots I have ever seen. The colors is superb and the moment incredible.

Excellent job and thanks for posting

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-03 16:50]

Fantastic picture.Stunning colors and sharpness.Very beautiful composition.

Where are the strings holding this stuffed bird in position?? ;-)) Magnificent stop-action capture.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-04 0:59]

In french, we say: "Superbe", Gerhard. In english you say: Perfect, Spectacular, Excellent, Fantastic, Magnificent, etc.
A very special post for the beginning of the new year.
All the best for 2005 for you too and your family and friends.

Welcome back Gerhardt. I missed your posts.
This one is excellent. good job

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2005-01-04 10:04]

Hi Gerhard.
As always fantastic.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-06 5:35]

just super. so funny, so perfect! amazing action. excellent begin of the year!

This is a superb action shot, Gerhard!! Excellent. 10/10!!

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-01-09 12:14]

Very shapr and colorful picture. The dof is good too. I like it a lot, it gives a funny look of that bird...

I love your sense of humour :-) I would like to make photos like you! It just a mastery. Super!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-18 16:53]

Gerhard, another masterpiece. Beautiful shot with amazing and vivid colors. Believe me: near my house these birds can be found, but I (still) wasn't able to capture them. Just wait and you'll see.:)

Congratulations on your note too.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-24 4:20]

Is this a real bird? it don't look like one, great colour and sharp!!! Good capture, Gerhard!!! TFS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-24 22:55]

Fantastic shot in all aspect!11/10.

I was wondering how I missed this,then I saw the date...right in the middle of my marital crisis. (Thank God thats over)
A fantastic and very comical shot Gerhard. Almost looks like a cartoon.
Very clear indeed.Shame it couldn't have been in the jungle.eh? Brilliant!

LOL, it almost seems as if he's playing a skipping game or somesort ... so funny! What a wonderful capture, everytime I see it I get a warm fuzzy feeling and a smile on my face.

Thank you for making me smile with such a wonderfully composed image!

Hi Gerhard,

It looks like this toucan is doing a long jump...
I will post this picture in a new theme that I have created dedicated to acrobat animals...

Nice clear picture, simply perfect !!!!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-16 9:35]

Hey Gerhard,
excellent shot great detail and sharpness,
and awesome timing, like the DOF too,
this one go to my list of favs. :)
thanks for sharing,

Your photo is impossibly fantastic!
Very, very good!

hi gerhard,
absolutely beautiful.the composition,colours,sharpness,background,POV and the informative note are all great.the right side of the front wall seems a little overexposed.anyway, from now on this is one of my favourite pics in the site.
thank you for sharing.

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-04-06 23:45]

Amazing! Toco looks great! sharper and with exc details! very nice shot! congratulations!

What a fantastic shot! He looks like he is still partying!

Hi Gerhard,
Perfect shot. Excellent. This is spectacular.
TFS. Cheers.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-07-02 23:31]

Hi Gerhard, Good timing to get this bird mid-stride. The colours are almost unbelievable. Wonderful to see and read about this special creature. Murray.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-07 6:46]
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Very well captured motion right on time. Lively colors. Spectacular photo :o) TFS

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  • Auoui (7)
  • [2006-08-25 7:29]

Very amusing photo and high quality capture. Amusing is because it seems that the bird is running.


Great, just great.
You di a great job getting the right moment, there is a good amount of detail, maybe the body is a little burt (see below) while the POV and DOF are perfect.
Maybe you applied a little too much contrast in PP, which has burnt the black of the body, but this just doesn't subtract any value to the photo.

A mostly notable shot!

Beautiful shot. Nice detail and perfect focus. The block backround is a nice contrast to the colorful bird.

Great action shot.


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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-09-24 20:12]

This is an incredible shot. The compostion, the lighting, the colors all fit together perfectly. And, the clarity you were able to achieve with handheld is remarkable. Nicely done!
TFS Steph

Spectacular Leap! Amazing clarity and details

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  • prfry Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 30 W: 8 N: 15] (84)
  • [2007-12-17 16:45]

I love the intensity of the bird's colours, a feature I love about the Canon EOS series. The amount of light is perfect. The angles and lines in the stones are a very interesting contrast to the subject's curved outline. Excellent work!

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-16 19:18]

Hi Gerhard
Cool shot
tfs jon

Perfect certanly.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2008-10-29 14:17]

ıt is really a great photo!!!!!!!!

Wow1 Excellent shot! You hav captured a terrific moment. The colours and wonderful and sharply focussed.

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