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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, RAW @ ISO 200, B+W 67mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Whipsnade & Soutwest England
Date Submitted: 2007-01-13 13:08
Viewed: 4957
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We found this Thick-knee in the desert-building of the charming zoo of Paignton. This lovely bird was sitting very still and was therefore a perfect object for us and our camera. This picture is for Andy -Flagman- Cole our friend from England who told us to go and visit this excellent zoo.

General info from wikipedia.org

The Stone-curlews or Thick-knees are a group of largely tropical waders in the family Burhinidae. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone, with some species also breeding in temperate Europe and Australia.

The Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) is the northern representative of the Stone-curlews, waders in the family Burhinidae.

They are medium-large waders with strong black and yellow black bills, large yellow eyes, which give them a "reptilian" appearance, and cryptic plumage. The scientific name refers to the prominent joints in the long yellow or greenish legs.

It is striking in flight, with black and white wing markings.

Despite being classed as a wader, this species has a preference for dry open habitats with some bare ground. They are largely nocturnal, particularly when singing their loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of Curlews.

Food is insects and other invertebrates. It will also take lizards. It lays 2-3 eggs on the ground.

The Stone Curlew occurs in southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. It is a summer migrant in the temperate European and Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa.
Exif data-

Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-stop: f/4.0
Focal length: 200mm
ISO Speed: 200
White Balance Mode: Auto
Exposure Compensation: 0
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly clouded
Time: 14:31:18
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: B&W UV Filter
Image Quality: RAW
PP software: PS CS2

Silvio2006, marmottelolo, loot, JoseMiguel, Tamrock, SunToucher, RAP, dew77, nainnain, mikou, red45, scottevers7, cedryk, marhowie, coasties, Janice, metcher, livios, fiyo, methos has marked this note useful
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Hi Pieter, wonderful portrait, amazing details, splendid colors, super sharpness, BELLISSIMA! very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

bonjour pieter
beaucoup de details dans le plumage,une netteté tres bonne,cela fait un superbe portrait.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-13 13:21]

Hi Pieter,
Wonderful colours, details, pose, sharpness, bg and composition. A great portrait!
TFS, José M.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-13 13:25]

Hola Pieter.- Bella foto. exelente luz y contraste, con un alto grado de definicion por lo que se aprecian muy bien todos los detalles de esta Ave. Luis52.

Nice shot
Good Luck..

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-13 14:33]

portret super, gratulacje
pozdrawiam Marcin

Hello Pieter,
Stunning this capture of the bird.
You got a close approach, and the bird seems to be confident with your presence.
I like a lot details on feathers, their colors and texture, and specially on the gorgeous yellow eye.
DOF works great with that soft blurred background.
Good composition and frame used.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-13 14:39]

Hi Pieter

I see you are still treating us with some of your excellent shots from you fabulous holiday. This is an absolutely brilliant portrait shot of the thick knee, “dikkop” in Afrikaans which translates to ‘thick head’. The prime feature of course is that amazingly lively eye.

Your composition is very well compiled, the colours are natural and just great, the details are stunning brought on by the optimal DOF which incidentally also aided the BG since it is perfectly OOF and extremely complimentary of the subject. And finally, you did a splendid job with the lighting on this bird.

Well done and TFS.

hi pieter!
beautiful bird with very nice and matching bg
sharp with good pov and dof
well composed to

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-13 16:09]

Gran belleza en esta captura Pieter donde la armonía de colores compite con la definición obtenida.
Me encanta el punto de vista captado en combinación con el apropiado encuadre elegido, brindando buenos detalles de su cabeza y plumaje principalmente.
El OOF a partir de la ajustada profundidad colabora con un perfecto fondo difuso.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Great beauty in this capture Pieter where the harmony of colors competes with the obtained clearness.
I love the point of view captured in combination with the appropriate framing elect, offering good details of the head and plumage mainly.
OOF starting from the tight depth collaborates with a perfect diffuse bottom.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-13 16:13]

Hello Pieter,
Magnificent portrait.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.POV,blurred BG,eye contact,framing and composition are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Hello Pieter,
Great birdy portrait!
That eye is simply awesome...
Lovely colours and details, well framed!
Pablo -

Hi Pieter,

Great close up of this thick knee. The details are spot on, all with a nice exposure making the subject standout on the very nice soft background beautifully. I have an image very similiar with the exact species. :)

Great work! lovely detail in the eye nicely composed with good colours and nice background well done rgds Necip. P.T.

Hoi Pieter,
Goed om weer eens een foto van je te zien. En dan gelijk zo'n prachtige foto. Wat een super mooie details, en dat oog...erg bijzonder. Compositie en DOF zijn perfect.

:) morgen

bien joué, bonne macro et supers détails
de plus son regard en dit long !!! humour
bonne prise bravo et merci du partage

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-14 7:01]

Bonjour Pieter,

Félicitation pour ce portrait,le regard est vivant et les détails du plumage sont parfaits.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-14 9:21]

Hi Pieter.
Excellent portrait hereof Thick-knee.Brown bird on brown background,but very well managed.Very well adjusted DOF does pretty insulation main subject from OOF BG.Background is nice alight.Details and colours on bird are excellent,primarily me like his eye.Nicely composed with good POV and good frame.
Great work,TFS.
Greetings Milos

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-14 12:47]

Hello Pieter!

This bird looks very wise :-) I like its pose, details on feathers, colours of eye. Perfect BG. Also frame and fonts are very well chosen. Good to see new work from you, my friend!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-14 15:18]

Hello Pieter and Sandra,
Happy New Year to you!
This shot is superb.
Absolutely perfect on all levels.
I love everything about it.
Congratulations and TFS. : )

Hi Pieter,
A really excellent portrait. Great quality light and a spot on exposure. You have brought out all the beautiful colors and intricate detail possible in this shot. Perfect control on the DOF. Great job!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-14 20:04]

Hello Pieter,
Thanks for this very nice portrait of a bird extremely rare in Poland. Since many years there are no more than 5 pairs breeding in Poland.

Once, in 1993, I was very lucky to see this amazing bird in central Poland. Soon after it appeared to be its new breeding place!

Concerning the photo, I like the rusty colours - well matching BG with the bird. Great deatils on plumage too.
Best greetings,

Hey Pieter
I remember what difficulties you had with sharpening of this one, feathers are always difficult to get balanced between not sharp enough, sharp enough and too sharp. This still looks about as sharp as it was at full size even after size reduction. The eye is fantastic, of course!

Excellent profile portrait Pieter.
Everything from the sharp detail, to the POV & composition is top-notch :)
Very well done mf.

Hi Pieter

Nice head shot of this cute little fella. He has a big eye for the size of his head. Well composed and nicely isolated from the OOF BG. Congrats!

Wow, Pieter, unbelievable use of DOF, the sharpness on the face and feathers is spot on. Great colors too, TFS!


Hello Pieter,
I missed this one... What a beautiful portrait with excellent natural colors, details, POV and composition. This bird looks great and has so nice eye :) I like this lightning and BG too. This is a very good post. Thanks,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-23 23:26]

Thick-knee! What a name for this beautiful bird!
The eyes look very feminine I think, as they are quite pretty. Good capture Pieter, the colours looks good too. I like still birds that don't move...

Hi, Pieter.
Nice portrait with very good exposure and sharpness. Beautiful color and BG.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-26 15:30]

Excellent portrait, very good work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-26 15:58]

Pieter, I'm already back from vacation.

Excellent image.

Great sharpness, pov and composition.

I like the non-distracting bg and the pose; beautiful eye.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-06 2:04]

Hello Pieter,
Great shot with excellent details and composition.Thank you.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-19 12:37]

Hi Pieter,
Excellent shot! Excellent species. I like those big eyes. Nice details and perfect BG.

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