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Swainson s Francolin

Swainson s Francolin
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 2:54
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A dark francolin with red facial skin. Size 33-38 cm - about two-thirds the size of a Guineafowl. The male is a bit larger than the female. Afrikaans: Bosveld Fisant

The bill is short, fairly solid, with a curved upper mandible. It blackish-brown above and red below. This species has a patch of bright red skin on the throat and face. The eyes are dark brown, the legs and feet blackish.

The Swainson's Francolin is all dark brown, streaked with black. It is a common species of more open country, preferring bushveld with open spaces, and farmland areas. It is not found in dense woodland or forested areas. It is usually seen singly or small parties. This francolin runs quickly when disturbed, and flies on whirring wings when flushed.

It eats seeds, berries, shoots, bulbs, insects and molluscs.

The call is a very loud and harsh and consists of 7 or 8 crowing sounds, dropping in pitch and volume towards the end: krrwoaa, krraa, kraaa, krraa....

This species breeds in the summer months. The nest is a hollow in the ground, which is lined with dry grass. It is hidden in the grass or a thicket.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-15 3:59]

Hallo Vivian,
Een prachtige foto van deze Swainsons Frankolijn. Het lijkt wel of hij er voor is gaan staan. Uitstekend laag genomen foto. Erg scherp en mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Jammer dat er wat ruis in de achtergrond zit, want die is verder schitterend. Goede diepte in de foto en ook de compositie mag er zijn.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-15 4:05]

Hi Vivian.
Outstanding image of the cuter bird. I like it a lot, composition of the picture, extreme details and sharpness of all details of the bird and stone, wonderful smooth BG. Bravo. Perfect job.

Hello Vivian,
Excellent picture of the Dark Francolin. Good pose at a good POV. Remarkable sharpness and details in the plumage. Good natural colours and oof background.
TFS & Regards,

perfect-sharp capture, TFS Ori

absolute perfect shot of a very interesting bird.

hello Vivian
imposing glance, very good detail in one very good photo
best regards

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