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A bad day for hair

A bad day for hair
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): African Raptors, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, So Funny, I had to laugh. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-01 12:58
Viewed: 12156
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Africa is home to the world’s only terrestrial eagle, because this is what this bird is generally regared as being, having the same breeding behaviour as eagles. The Secretarybird - Sagittarius serpentarius 140 cm is unique and unlike any other African bird of prey. It is a large bird, long-legged, and eagle=like. It is mainly black and grey with some white. The legs are long and red, and clothed in a freebooter’s pantaloons, The feet are squat and stubby, resembling the head of a hammer, and this is also the tools they use when dispatching snakes. They literally stomp them to into submission.
The face is bare and orangey red, turning red when agitated. And then there is the ubiquitous “pens behind his ears” so to speak, giving him his common name. The wingspan is about 2,2 m and the tail long and thin.

The KTFP is a good place to see these birds, especially around noon, when they come walking in for a drink. We have watched seven birds coming and going in the space of an hour at the waterhole. These birds weigh in at about 3,4 to 4,27 kg, the female being also the larger of the species.

The WS is of two birds, so that you can see the birds in full side and front view as well.

The small OOF blimp on the right is a flying dung beetle.

Venue – Nossob Road, KTFP
Date 97 December 2004
Time 14h59
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,3 EV.
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 APO USM & 2X converter
Filter – None
Focal length - 600 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/1 600 @ F5.6
Flash – none
Support – Wimberley Head on Camesteady Car window rest.
PP – no cropping;.; Selective colour; Levels; Hue/Saturation; USM reduced to Site size.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-02-01 13:08]
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Very kooky and neat looking eagle. You have captured it well, Callie, and I have no nits...extremely well done. The note is terrific as well. And I did see the bee even before I read your note! :0)

Great shot Callie.
I thing she need a hairdresser.
Great colours and very pose, compostion and detials.
I like the WS too.
Great work.
1/1600 5,6 at ISO 200, it's what I can dream about.
1/400 4.0 at ISO 800 is more reasonable here at present.:-(((.
but soon will the light be back.;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-01 13:15]

Fantastic picture. Great composition, bright & strong colors and sharpness. The beetle is great. Ha! What are the odds!

Wonderful shot Callie,
so the sex pistols are making a comeback!!
excellent colours and sharp detail.
good notes
Thanks for posting

Is she your secretary? Callie. Nice legs. She's having a bad hair day, are you stressing her out. LOL
Excelent capture with the beatle coming in on the right side of the frame at beak level.
Well done with this composition.
Hey, how about a close up of the dung beatle, I think they are cool looking beatle.


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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-01 13:37]

Snakes beware, Secretary birds get your hair done, here comes Callie with his D70.
Great one Vallie. Very good shot. Wish it was mine. Lovely

Hi Callie. I've always liked these bird (although I don't know if 'like' is really the correct word for it ... they intrigue me). Your note makes them even more fascinating. I was trying to make sense of the zoological handle. I think it translates as 'snake archer' or something like that. It certainly is a unique bird. You definitely wouldn't want to take a kick in the guts from one of these,if Steve Irwin (the crocodile hunter) is to be believed.***OOPS...thats the Cassowary I'm thinking of. Doh!
A great shot Callie,and good workshop pic.

he het omtrent 'n slegte hair-day !!

It looks like the little dung-beatle is trying his best to get out the picture, before he is eaten.


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  • kazan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 36] (158)
  • [2005-02-01 13:49]
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Callie, that's an awesome photo of a very interesting insect at flight! It trully amazes me how you managed to capture such a small flying object from that distance but it seems that the x2 TC does wonders! However, I would prefer a tighter crop so to avoid the useless space on the right...............
;-))) I was refering to the fly on the upper-right spot of your photo, don't take me wrong!!!

Your Secretarybird,... well she should definately change her hairdresser!!!

Great photo as always!!!

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-02-01 14:10]

Very cute and well photograph.

Wow, I havn't seen that before, very good picture and very good catch. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-01 14:42]

Great photo Callie, a strange bird indeed but very well caught here.
I love the legs and the hairdo.
The note is really informative as usual.
Great capture (and the Dung Beetle).

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-01 15:01]

We were only talking about this earlier: "Callie's Fast Photo Joint, photos to order" :-)

Great shot Callie and thanks for the extra WS pic. I like the shot the black looks very black but the rest is all perfectly exposed.

Amazing fauna you have. This ine must be impressing with that hight, I would love to see them in their natural enviroment, nice you bring them to us, a very nice pose and great WS too. thanks very much.

Very nice capture of this funny looking "secretary". Perfect DOF and sharpness. Very interesting note.
Thanks for sharing.

Nice photo Callie, at first I think the bird may be a little left side of the frame (for more space in front of her and through the flying path of the bee) then noticed its tail feather just nearly touching the left side, so birds position is ok for me now :) congratulations.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-02-01 18:43]

Hi Callie,

The bird looks quite disturbed. Did he saw you before you took the picture?
Amazing that you see those kind of birds. He looks like if flew by accident trough a carwash.

Nice anyway,


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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-01 20:17]

Very fun bird. It´s very fashion. Great shot Callie. Good composition. Very nice colours and sharpness. Great moment.



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-01 22:45]

Original oiseau et superbe photo, tout est la. Les couleurs, la prise de vue, la netteté,et le cadrage. Félicitations !

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-02-02 2:26]

Great shot of an extra-ordinary bird. He has a strange charming on his face :) I can only watch them from documentary films. TFS.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-02-02 2:44]

Ik deze vogel zelf in de dierentuin hier nog niet gezien Callie, zeer mooi gefotografeerd, het is een rare vogel maar inderdaad zijn haar (pluimen) zijn niet al te best.
Mooi Callie

Okay, she has a few serious issues to deal with. The hair has too much gel, the fur coat was in the wardrobe without mothballs and the moths have had a monster buffet, the legs..... well maybe wearing long trousers would be advisable, she needs some tips on applying makeup and lets hope she doesn't ask 'Honey, does my butt look big?'

If my husband phoned and said he was out with the Secretary I know there would be nothing to worry about!

Great image of a very strange bird. Gosh Mother nature can be cruel. TFS.

I love your "african Indian" ;-) Is he at the path of war with his colours?
Great photo.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-02 5:06]

A Punk Eagle with legs of a ballerina. This is great Callie. He makes me laugh. Thank you for showing him Good notes too.

What a funny bird, this secretarisvogel, Callie.
Also the pose of this model and its colours, nice one and....he's got more hair than me:-))

Great post, that's a nice messy bird.
Well done. One for my favs

This retro-punk ROCKS! I know you couldn't wait to get this one out here. Paul & I had a chat and "wham-bam" there it was! "fast photo joint" as Paul said, indeed. Thanks for showing off this exceptionally grand shot of this "snake charmer". I really wish I had only but one capture of it. Very well done in this desert sun too.

I like youre secretary Callie, I'll have to meet her one.
Cool image of this impessive snake-hunter.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-02-03 4:20]

nice specimen! good pose.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-17 15:36]

Hahaha, a real bad hair day eh? gosh, he is a bit mess, and you have captured that. I am sure he is a good looking bird if he got his hair done well. Very good shot, great composition, is like the bird is waiting for you to take the shot. Very well done.

I'm sad for this secretary. She goes to the wrong hairdresser, the wrong clothes shop, the wrong make-up artist. At 600mm, seems you were too far to whisper in her ears the good addresses. Well, nobody's perfect, and, if she likes it, ok. Now, this one is again a great personality you send us, an unbelievable character. Very well done, Callie. It's time to have a snooze. She'll be in my dreams!

Callie, on first look I think it is "roadrunner" (beep beep) from cartoon. Excelent shot, bright and ceeare.

Very funny and interesting, both photo and the title! Good sharpness too!

Funny picture!
You captured this bird in a beautiful position!
Bye Tom

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  • anoop Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
  • [2005-12-27 11:23]

simply great secretary bird. Love these birds. the shot does full justice to thier majestic appearance. Thanks for sharing callie

fantastic title and photo too :)
very well done!!!

Hey Callie,

this is an amazing image..
I'm dumb-founded after seeing this..
this is a complete picture in all terms..
Gretat work..

best wishes

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-10 8:47]

Hi Callie,
Unsurpassable! Good in all the parameters you can imagine!
José M.

That's too a nice one. It seems to handle like an actor!!!!!! Very sharp and the colours are very good. Great work!!!

Great shot.....Did you notice the big bumblebee close to the right image order?

he has hair problem, for sure. me too :-(
congrats for this shot!

Trememdous shot of the wonderful Secretary bird here! Just a great pose and wonderful colors that you've captured! Very nicely done.

Wow,.. great potrait. Exposure and DOF are great.

What a bird, what a "feather do"! He would be an outcast at an eagle convention! I never heard of this fellow before! Great shot!!!

Hello Callie.

Excellent image, very good details.
Nice Bird.

jose Luis.

It looks like this creature got you in his mind! What happened after?

Fascinating bird, good capture, well done.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-05-10 19:36]

Hi Callie, This is certainly a strange looking bird. Like a comic strip style. Good crisp photo of this and wonderful to see another form of nature. TFS.. Murray.

Beautiful shot of this secretary bird! I usually see them walking in grass so I don't have a clesr full length shot like this yet. Well done!

Great composition, bright & strong colors and sharpness.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-11-26 11:34]

Wow, superb bird!

Never seen such :) it looks so fine!
And of course it's so well photographed, perfect dof and fine details. It deserves the 100th point for sure ;) TFS!

Best regards,

Really a very good photo. I love it the way it is. Framing, composition color and sharpness are all good. Yeah, it looks like that is a bumble bee at the right :-)

Best regards,


Is it just me or does this bird always look a bit disapproving


A wonderful shot! So vivid colors in the birds body and a very nice posture! Thanks for sharing it!


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