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Alectoris rufa

Alectoris rufa
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-14 22:56
Viewed: 4832
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It is sometimes known as French Partridge, to distinguish it from the Grey or English Partridge.
It is a rotund bird, with a light brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.
This is a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply. The call is a three-syllable ka-chu-chu.
This partridge breeds naturally in south western Europe, in France and Iberia. It has become naturalised in southern England, where it was introduced as a game species, and has been seen breeding in Lancashire. It is replaced in south eastern Europe by the very similar Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca). It is a non-migratory terrestrial species, which forms flocks outside the breeding season.
This species breeds on dry lowlands, such as farmland and open stony areas, laying its eggs in a ground nest.
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While the female simulates to be severely wounded of a wing to move away to us of the chicks, these are joined and they are confused perfectly with the surrounding vegetation. A perfect Mimetism. To Darwin in its centenary.

This photo is taken in la Pandera mountain, near Jaén, Andalucía

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hello Ferran
very beautiful subject,the all brothers gathered the instinct of team,very fine moment shot and photo output!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-15 0:54]

Hola Ferran,
original fotografía,
miméticos pollitos de perdiz,
bonito encuadre y color.
la madre es muy recelosa, y tan solo acercarte puede abandonar la nidada, por eso hay que hacerlo con el máximo de precaución.

Hola Ferran,
fantastica immagine di questi pulcini di Pernice rossa, eccellente POV per mostrare il perfetto mimetismo del piumaggio, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, una gradevole e delicata composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Saludos cordiales

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-15 5:09]

Bonjour Ferran,.
En regardant le thumbnail je n'ai vu que du brun..mais en l'ouvrant quelle adorable surprise!! Trop chou ces petits oiseaux bien camouflés dans cette végétation aride. Très charmant! Et une photo superbement prise.
Un grand merci

Excel.lent Ferran, de gran delicadesa i una potenta llum de gran realisme.
Aquest any ja m'he trobat amb dos grups d'aquestes petites perdius i és espectacular corrent totes elles al voltant teu per fugir.

Abraçada: J. Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-15 6:32]

Hi Ferran,
well camouflaged indeed. Superbs light and pleasant chicks in good details.
I like the stripes of these cute birds.


very cute, amazing camouflage, TFS Ori

Hello Ferran,

what a very cute picture from this young birds.
Personally I don't like nest photography because other people like it and try it also and then they disturb the nest.
Fine camouflage colours.


Hello Ferran,

An excellent capture of these well camouflaged Red-legged Partridge chicks with beautiful protective coloration & details. Great POV & composition.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-15 12:35]

Hi Ferran. Well seen and taken . The Red-legged Partridge are so well hidden in the dried grasses. It is very hard to see them. Very good detai land natural colours. well taken TFS.

Hahaha:) what lavely chicks Ferran! Perfectly captured MF!
i love them:)
TFS and have a nice night!

Hello Ferran
what a lovely shot of this baby partridges very well camouflaged in her natural environment, wonderful scene taken with sharp details
beautiful lighting and composition
Have a good night

Dear Ferran
Again on my backlegs after battling for 10 weeks some mysterious tropical disease,I now can look and admire your wonderful portfolio.
I have chosen this particular image, because it is a wonderful example of Animal Behaviour! The camouflage is just perfect, and in the thumbnail image the birds disappear completely!

I notice, you photogrphed these birds in June, and the ground is quite brown! Did you have a drought in Andalucia?

The photographic technique is - as in all your photos - perfect; the cuteness of the baby birds an added bonus. I read once somewhere a quote from some movie producer, that he will never risk to release a movie without either a young child or animal !?!

Have a nice week-end
Warm Regards

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