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Copyright: Ruud van den Berg (Robespierre) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 2 N: 329] (1424)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-D 80-200 mm/f2.8 ED, SanDisk Ultra II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 16:59
Viewed: 3895
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Geographic Range:
Occurs in Australia in all areas except rainforest and cleared land; rare in deserts and extreme north.

In mainland Australia, the emu is widespread. It lives in eucalypt forest, woodland, mallee, heathland and desert shrublands and sandplains. It is found in desert areas only after heavy rains have caused growth of herbs and grasses and heavy fruiting of shrubs. The emu also lives close to Australia's big cities, but is no longer found where native vegetation has been cleared to provide agricultural land.

Physical Description:
Mass: 50 to 55 kg (110 to 121 lbs)
The emu is the second largest living bird. The height of the emu averages 1.75 m. Females weigh about 5 kg more than males. Emus are large, flightless, shaggy birds. Their loose double feathers, in which the aftershaft (the secondary feather that branches from the base of the main feather) is the same length as the main feather, hang limply from their bodies. Their necks and legs are long, but their wings are tiny, reduced to less than 20 cm. After molting the birds are dark, but as sunlight fades the melanins that give the feathers their brown color, the birds become paler. Emus have three toes. Chicks are striped longitudinally with black, brown and cream, so they blend easily into long grass and dense shrubbery. (Perrin and Middleton, 1985; Grzimek, 1972)

This Emu was portraited in a birdpark called Avifauna in the Netherlands.
The bird was walking around constantly. On a certain
moment, when he stood still, he has the right pose and also the background was right.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-22 17:31]

Emus are favorites of mine, because they always bring a smile to my lips as I admire their unruly hairdo. This one is no exception. The expression of his eyes is priceless, and your details are sharp and well exposed. Well done and TFS. : )

Great portrait of this Emu Ruud! Perfect pose of the head and indeed an the hairdresser indeed did something amazing here! Perfect timing here, very well done!

Great composition. Looks like me in the morning. Detail is awesome

Nice "punk" emu. Good qualiti of the shot, nice and cleare photo.

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

Very good profile capture Ruud. Great exposure, sharp detail and well composed (perhaps a bit tight up top). Great note.
Well done & Thank You!

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-24 4:35]

Great portrait, good texture and detail captured along with a good humorous title, 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)
  • [2006-01-27 17:54]

Hoi Ruud, hoe gaat het? Beautiful portrait of a very beautiful bird. Details are sharp and POV and DOF are excellent. Well done & TFS!


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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-02-15 8:14]


Very nice Emu. Super details and POV. WEll done!


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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-03-01 17:08]

He is so funny! I like title and note too. Good work, TFS and best wishes,

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-10 16:49]

Ruud,very funny shot. I like it a lot. It looks like the bird has just woke up! I wonder, what is he looking at to have the eyes on that position. Very nice record of this moment. Congrats, Gabriel

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