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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 8:44
Viewed: 4642
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum

These beautiful birds are native to Eastern Africa. They can be found in Ethiopia, Somali Republic, Kenya, Eastern Uganda, and North Eastern Tanzania. They like the dry desert areas with grasslands and patches of scrub and thorn bushes and trees. In the wild they can be seen roaming in small flocks of up to 25 birds, but reports of as many as 70 birds are seen on a regular basis. Many times only their heads can be seen above the tall grass as they walk along. They seem to thrive on heat and bright sun. Being a desert bird they cannot take below freezing weather for long periods of time as their toes seem to freeze. However, they can take short periods of very cold weather with no harm. In cold weather they appear stressed and walk about hunched up which indicates they had rather be out in the hot sun. These guineafowl are by far the most striking of all the family kept in captivity. Some call them the "Royal Guineafowl" which aptly describes them in my mind. I will let the photos serve as a description of these beautiful and stately birds which stand at over two feet. Vulturine guineafowl are great runners and seldom fly except to go to roost in high trees. They can survive long periods without water and can live nearly totally on the green vegetation which they consume. They will eat insects readily but most of their diet consists of vegetable matter which consists of grasses, leaves and green material. There are 38 natural species and subspecies of guineafowl that are currently recognized. These are divided into four general and seven subspecies. The Vulturine is the only species in the genus Acryllium which is in the Numididae family. This is to say that there are no other species which closely resemble this striking bird.

This photo was made in a Safari-Park near Verona because I had not enough "time" to fly to Africa ;-)
Although I hope you like it.

mukesh, hummingbird24, marhowie, radz, fiyo, wallhalla15, thistle, liquidsunshine, red45, cecilia, coasties, glazzaro, tiobibi, Janice, pablominto has marked this note useful
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Interesting bird with splatter of blue on grey and back plumes -looks like a red Indian warrior. It is well framed with immaculate crispness.

Hello Sabine,

That is one big bird, great cature too.

I am so often amazed at the sizes, shapes, colors, and combination of body parts that nature has put together for us...

When seeing your photo this morning I am reminded of this awe.

Superb details, colors, lighting, and POV.

Wonderful job, thank you for sharing.

BTW, terrific note also.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-26 9:50]

Sabine, this is very nice. I had never seen one of them.

Excellent colors, pov and pose.

The feathers are really striking. I enjoy sharpness and lighting too.


Nice work Sabine. (Sabine, not Wishnu? right).
Good sharpness, detail and colors. A beautiful bird here. Very interesting notes also. Well done & Thank You.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-26 11:12]

New bird to be,nice colours.Good POV.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-26 12:20]

Hello Sabine,
Lovely composition and POV.
Wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.
Well done&TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-26 12:31]

Good photo Sabine. Composition is good and it looks like you've got eyecontact. :) Sharp details. The picture does look a little bit grainy and the top of the birds back seems a bit overexposed, but the POV is great and the details are sharp. Well done & TFS!


Hahaha...die Augen sind das beste an diesen Flattermann. Auch der Ruf dieser Tiere ist nicht von schlechten Eltern. Sabine - Klasse!!! Ich habe diesen Geier (Perlhuhn) zwar auch bei mir im Archiv. Da der Draht der Voliere so engmaschig war, hatte ich Probleme gute Fotos zu machen. Bei uns ist der Vogelpark leider bis zum Frühjahr geschlossen. Der Kopf gäbe ein Spitzenportrait ab. - Dein Foto ist farblich einwandrei, scharf, der Hintergrund für mich speziell in diesem Fall Nebensache, das Model aber super. Danke für das tolle Foto.
Noch was: ich lese gerade Deine Überschrift - bei uns hat doch so ein Idiot aus Angst vor der Vogelgrippe 3 weiße Schwäne vergiftet!!!

I don't remember if I've ever seen such creture before. It really looks amazing and in some areas ;) even beautiful.
Superb and very intersting shot.
I like it very much.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-26 16:45]

Hi Sabine,
Amazing details in feather, and the colours are very beautiful,
great sharpness and clarity,
very good timing of exposure and the lighting also very good.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Nice shot Sabine,
Very good detail, colour and sharpness. Well composed and nicely exposed. This is an unusual looking bird, thanks for posting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-26 17:10]

What a strange bird, I didn't saw anything like that before ;-) Strange but nice. Very colorfull, with great feathers and red eye. Nice catch Sabine.

An excellent composition, superb detail love the colours.
Well done...

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-27 2:20]

Hi Sabine,
nice portrait. I like the sharpness and colours. Is enjoy when bird is without H5N1. Good note. I like it.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-27 2:42]

Very interesting bird, Sabine. He looks like a creature put-together from parts of other birds. Amazing colors and markings on the feathers. Nice capture. TFS. : )

Hi Wishnu

Really nice shot. Good POV. Exposure is well done. Sharpness, detail and colour are all spot on. Thanks.

Nice detail and good control of the exposure.


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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-28 21:08]

Very interesting bird.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-02 4:58]

Great capture of the Guineafowl Sabine. What a small head it has compared to its body! Very colourful and sharp details. Well done, thank you.

Awesome shot of this Guinea Fowl, very nice composition. Well done Wishnu. Paul :)

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  • anoop Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
  • [2005-12-21 23:15]

gives me an impression of a wisened old village elder in the masai mara, throughly unsatisfied with the world of taday!! Great shot!!

Hello Sabine...
Wow! This is not from my neighbourhood, that's for sure! An awesome creature very well captured, with some excellent colours and details... Good DOF and composition...
Pablo -

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