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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-15 0:26
Viewed: 3823
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Detail shown of the head of the guineafowl which are fairly common in the Kruger park and also in the rest of Southern Africa. It is difficult to get them to stand stiil long enough for a shot as they are busy scratching in the ground or running around. This is a heavy bird and has the unpleasant habit of flying at windscreen height across the road.
Helmeted Guineafowl
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The Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) 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. The chicks are cryptically coloured and rapid wing growth enables them to flutter onto low branches barely a week after hatching. 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 that also roost communally. Guineafowl are particularly well-suited to consuming massive quantities of ticks, which might otherwise spread lyme disease. These birds are terrestrial, and prone to run rather than fly when alarmed. They are, however, like most short- and broad-winged birds, very agile and powerful flyers, capable of hovering and even flying backwards when necessary. Helmeted Guineafowl are great runners, and can readily cover 10 km and more in a day. They make loud harsh calls when disturbed. Their diet consists of a variety of animal and plant food; seeds, fruits, greens, snails, spiders, worms and insects, frogs, lizards, small snakes and small mammals. Guineafowl are equipped with strong claws and scratch in soil for food much like domestic chickens. They have well-developed spurs and use these to great effect when fighting.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-15 5:20]

H Robin
Nice colours good composition, sharpness and details.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

The face only a mother could love... ;) Great detail and composition... interesting bird too... TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-15 6:53]

Hello Robin,
A great close portrait of a Helmeted Guineafowl taken with excellent sharpness to show details of the head in great lighting that reminds me of an Australian Cassowary. Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

Un vrai plaisir pour les yeux.
Bonne journée.

It almost looks totally unreal robin..what an...an....I have no describing words other than to say it cure is colourful and clear...and MOST unusual..

Hello Robin,
great portraite of Guineafowl. Its crest look very interesting in portraite. Maybe I didnt attent it in general looking photographes. It look like a bit to New Guinea and Australian Cassowaries (Casuarius) with colorful neck sking and crest. Your shot is great with superb colors, sharp details, POV/OOF and lighting. plain BG nicely contrasted. Composition and frame also very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

very nice face, great sharp pic, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-17 11:04]

Hi Robin. Now this is a colourful unusual looking bird. Which you have captured fine detail and bright colours. Stands out well from the plain BG. well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-17 22:24]

Hi Robin,
Outstanding portrait shot of this elegant looking Guineafowl with such lovely colours and sharp details. Great handling of natural lighting and I like the glint on its eye. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

* Chanced upon your gallery and I must say I am happy that I did....you have such an admirable collection. Will spent some more time later on.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-18 1:59]

Hello Robin,
Outstanding close up of this Helmeted Guineafowl. Perfect details and an excellent BG. Very beautiful colours. Great composition.

Hello Robin,
They are most of the time very busy and sometimes noisy as well. It's difficult to photograph them. Trial and error, I guess.
It's a gregarious species, roosting together as well.
Iguess, you can spot them throughout the park.
Nicely done clos up.

Interesting kind for me. Very good crop, amazing details and good sharpness. Thanks for sharing. Regards...

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