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Copyright: Martina Koloska (electra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 0 N: 148] (679)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix 4900Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/210 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-11 15:37
Viewed: 5534
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends,I am back.

I shot this nice Portrait of this bird in a BirdPark. I think this is a white Emu. He stood infront of me and he wanted to catch my Camera.
I hope you like it and have a nice Day.


What do emus look like?

The word emu comes from the Portuguese word 'ema', which means 'large bird'. Standing up to 2 m tall, adult male emus are Australia's largest birds. In size, they are second only to ostriches in the world. Their powerful legs give them great speed, some running up to 50 km per hour. At full pace, an emu's stride can measure up to 3 m.

The emu belongs to a group of flightless running birds with flat breastbones known as ratites. Ratites are the oldest of modern bird families. They include kiwis, ostriches and cassowaries. The emu's feathers are very primitive and look like a form of coarse hair. The special nature of these feathers enables emus to cope with extreme changes in weather.

The emu's tracheal pouch, which is part of its windpipe, is used for communication. It is over 30 cm long and very thin-walled, and it allows the bird to produce deep guttural grunts. This pouch develops fully during the breeding season and is most frequently used during courtship.

Where do they live?

The emu is a hardy bird and will survive in most parts of Australia's rugged environment, but it avoids thickly forested regions. It thrives in remote places like the dry plains at Australia's centre, the tropical woodlands to the north, and the cold snowfields of the high country.

What do they eat?

Emus eat a wide variety of leaves, grasses, fruits, native plants, and insects. In spring and summer, their diet consists mainly of flowers and seeds. In autumn, as those foods become scarce, they graze on young grass which sprouts after summer rains. In winter, herbs form the emu's main food. They eat insects when these are available – such as during grasshopper plagues.

Janice, ellis49, TAZ, wallhalla15, sAner, carper, wishnugaruda, marhowie, Luc, momos has marked this note useful
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-11 17:03]

Show-off! He wanted his photo taken! Isn't he cute? Well taken Martina, a little OE on his head, but thats hard with white. I love his expression, and his pale blue eyes and beak. Well captured, thank you.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-11 17:19]

Martina, great to know you're back - and I hope you to remain with us.

Indeed, a nice guy. Excellent sharpness and composition. What a pity the overexposure on the top of the head, but that's a minor nit to me.

Great sharpness and blurred bg too.

Hi Martina,
This is a nice portrait. Pity that some parts are OE but it's still a nice picture. The details, POV and composition are good. And the note are very good.
You did a good job.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-12 1:09]

Emu seems not to be playboy but its portrait is nice because of you ;-) Sharp and good shot. Congratulations and Thank you for sharing.

Hi Martina,
Very nice portrait!
The details and composition are excellent.

Nice portrait shot Tina, great sharpness and POV, well captured too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-12 6:37]

Very nice portrait Martina. Colors are good and the details are sharp. Well composed and good POV. As others wrote; a little OE on top of his head, but otherwise fine. Well done and TFS!


Hello Martina,
Great sharpness in this photo of Emu.Also composition is nice. Infomative note.Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-12 11:40]

very nice one Martina,
great detailshot, fantastic head, good in pov with a wonderfull dof, very good job,
gr. jaap

Hallo Martina,
das ist phantastisch, ich wußte gar nicht dass Emus so schöne lange Wimpern haben :0)
Die Schärfe ist sehr gut, ich kann sämtliche Details der Federn erkennen. Grandios, mir gefällt Dein "Freund" ausgesprochen gut, Danke
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Martina, The subject placment and compo is nice. The exposure a bit over, making the crown a bit distracting.

Very detailed portrait Martina with an excellent POV. How unique these guys look this close. Thank You.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-13 10:15]

Happy to see you back!

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Power of evocation in me: great. I took some shots of Emus in a Zoo without success.
Very trong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Martina.

Πολύ όμορφη η φωτογραφία του εμου Martina.
Αρνητικό τα λευκά που είναι καμένα.(GR)

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