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Dromaius novaehollandiae

Dromaius novaehollandiae
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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: 2006-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-08 3:32
Viewed: 3448
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Emu (IPA pronunciation: [ˈiːmjuː]), Dromaius novaehollandiae, is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second-largest bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 2 m (6 ft 6 in) in height. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest and arid areas. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time.[1] They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects.

The Emu subspecies that previously inhabited Tasmania became extinct following the European settlement of Australia in 1788; the distribution of the mainland subspecies has also been affected by human activities. The Emu was once common on the east coast, but is now uncommon there; by contrast, the development of agriculture and the provision of water for stock in the interior of the continent have increased the range of the Emu in arid regions. Emus are farmed for their meat, oil and leather.

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Hi Annick,
such an impressive eye, I like this "portrait" so much. Realy a pretty bird and very close, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-08 3:44]

Very sharp shot of this emu, Annick.
Good light showing well the details of a usually dark face.
Great catch of the eye.
TFS. : )

Hi Annick

Impressive shot. Excellent clarity and clear detail. Nice eye contact. Top quality work. Thank you!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-08 4:37]

Well done on a great shot, Annick. Excellent clarity, it is nice and sharp. I took a photo of one at our zoo yesterday, and after seeing your shot, I won't post it! This is good,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-08 5:07]

Hi Annick.
Lovely portrait this Emu.I like POV-face to face.Nice sharp details.Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Greetings Milos.

Nice portrait Annick,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Hi, Annick.
Nice portrait. Tack sharp shot with good details. Good composition and BG.

Very good capture Annick, your shallow DOF adds depth to the shot. Good focus and sharpness were it matters. Well done.

Hi Annick,
Nice portrait! Good DOF and sharpness. The exposure is just right. I like the strands of hair that are clearly visible, it definitely gives this bird some character. Well done!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-08 16:52]

hi annick
it is high quality close up photo. exposure, point of view, depth of field, simple and blured background, focus especially on eye, sharpness and details are great. your note is useful and informative.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-08 17:22]

Hi Annick,

I love your emu portrait. He looks quite majestic - wonder what that yellow eye is gazing at.


Love the detail in the eye, good exposure and detail.


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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-10-27 14:48]

Hi Annick,

Very good pictures you have made. Well this one look ugly but the picture has lots of details and very natural colors.

Good work,


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