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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 19:24
Viewed: 4695
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spotted the Hammerkop a few times in Kruger but wasn't able to photograph it.
This one was captured in a zoo a few months ago.
Thanks for looking...

From wikipedia
The Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta), also known as Hamerkop, Hammerhead, Hammerhead stork, Umbrette, Umber bird, or Anvilhead, is a medium-sized (56 cm) bird with a long shaggy crest. The shape of its head with a curved bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer, hence its name. Its plumage is a drab brown all over.

ISO 400,
monopod and IS.
Developing: Bridge and PS CS3

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Hello Annick,
Thank you for sharing this image of the Hammerkop!
I liked how he turned his head for his feather!
the image is sharp with good lighting and great details especially on the plummage!
have a great weekend, Annick!

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-08-29 20:02]

Hi Annick,
I know the feelling. Birdwatchers are happy to spot the birds, sometime just to hear them. For us is a bit more… difficult. You are lucky to have this bird even in a zoo. Your picture shows it very well. TFS
Regards, Mario

Hi Annick,

Nice and sharp and you waited untill the bird was busy doing something.
Among the Zulu people in SA they will give a nickname to a person fairly quickly. When I was a youngster the hair on the back of my head stood up, probably due to the short haircuts of those days. My Zulu nickname was Teguan the zulu name for the hamerkop.



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-29 23:35]

Hi Annick

Great shot of this Hammerkop - it just shows how luck works though - I have seen loads of these close to - yet is just chance! Great detail and pose. Hope you are well.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-30 0:30]

Hello Annick,
wonderful capture of this Hammerkop .
Composition, POV, BG, light, colours, sharpness and details are great
Best regards Sigi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-30 1:18]

Hallo Annick,
Vreemd dat je de Hamerkop niet kon fotograferen, want in heel Afrika ten zuiden van de Sahara zie je ze erg veel als er water en/of vis in de buurt is. En een vogel die wereldwijd bekend is door zijn Nederlandse naam. Ze maken nesten in bomen waar wij gemakkelijk de nacht in kunnen doorbrengen, zo groot.
Maar deze foto mag er ook zijn. Schitterende natuurlijke kleuren en uitstekende scherpte. Erg goede diepte in de foto.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-31 12:47]

Hello Annick,
an excellent shot of this unusual bird.
A great preening pose.
Superb DOF and BG.
Very sharp.

Nice work!


Hi Annick.
Great capture of this elegant bird!
Excellent coloration, details and sharpness.
Pleasant composition and very good POV.
Well done!
José Roberto

Nice and sharp and you waited untill the bird was busy doing something.

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