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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-26 2:49
Viewed: 3012
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The turacos, plantain eaters and go-away birds make up the bird family Musophagidae (literally banana-eaters). In southern Africa both turacos and go-away birds are commonly known as louries. Traditionally, this group has been placed in the cuckoo order Cuculiformes, but Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy raises this group to a full order Musophagiformes.

Turacos are medium sized arboreal birds endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, living in forests, woodland and savanna. Their flight is weak, but they run quickly through the tree canopy. They feed mostly on fruits and to a lesser extent on leaves, buds, and flowers, occasionally taking small insects, snails, and slugs.

The turacos and plantain eaters are brightly coloured birds, usually blue, green or purple. The green color comes from turacoverdin, the only true green pigment in birds. (Other "greens" in bird colors result from a yellow pigment such as lypochrome combined with the prismatic blue physical structure of the feather itself.) Their wings contain a red pigment turacin. Both pigments are unique to this group. The Go-away-birds are mainly grey and white.

The Musophagidae build large stick nests in trees, and lay 2 or 3 eggs.

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Hello Joe,
This is a superb portrait of a bird that I don't know. Where are your interesting notes today??? This dark BG suits your lovely subject perfectly and details are very nice. It looks like a studio shot. Again, where are your notes? :)))

Hola Joe,
Precioso retrato de este bello pajaro, buena definición y bellos colores bien contrastados con el fondo, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-26 8:54]

Delightful colours and details and the perfect BG. How did you get that fabulous contrast?

The composition works very well

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-26 9:15]

Hi Joe

Really good portrait of this Turaco - I have seen several in the wild, but not this one. I like the lighting and colours.


hello joe,
very lovely portrait, nice colours, good lighting, dark bg looks great, well composed shot with fine pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Joe
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,BG and lighting,Welldone.


Hi Joe,
A very amazing photo. The way the bird seems to pop up out of the dark is very wonderful. How in the .... did you get this result.
Love the details you captured in the feathers and side profile composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-26 10:51]

Hello Joe,
Brilliant portrait of this Turaco! Razor sharp and beautiful colours. Great focus on that lovely eye. Well done, Joe!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-26 11:40]

Hello Joe,
The central colours of the Turaco against the black BG are amazing. Great sharpness and focus. Very good composition.
TFS, Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-26 14:29]

Hi Joe,

A wonderful portrait of this bird that is new to me. It has a very professional look. Beautiful colors against the black background. The eye is just amazing. Beautiful beak and feathers.


Joey Joey...they would be happy here in Washington. We have tones of plantain and the only ones who eat it are the local hippies...and that is no joke. It is an herbal supplement. But that is another story.

This bird is very Regal looking to me in his official portrait you have presented. Very well done sir..I am sure the French love it eh? Les couleurs de France sont vertes rouges et blanches.

OK fella...Great shot and I have bugged you enough for one day.

Hi Joe,

A good POV of the Turaco, the ^photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


Hi Joe,
A beautiful portrait of this lovely bird. Very nice details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Love the dark background...really brings out the colors here. Great catchlight in the eye!!!

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-09-27 13:10]

J'aime bien cet éclairage empreint d'originalité.
Bonne journée.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-09-27 13:39]

Cool shot! And thanks for showing, since you reminded me that I got one that I have forgotten to post... :)
These are really beautiful birds and you managed to provide a nice atmosphere along with it! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Great profile portrait Joe,
I like the low key exposure and effect/mood it creates..Nice detail, color, and catchlight also.
Well done.

Hi Joe,
Excellent macro shot of colorful portraite. very nice composition. Brillant and details great. sharpness, POV very nice. I like members of the family Musophagidae. TFS
well done

Hello Joe excellent portrait sharp detail nice contrasting black back nice focus tfs rgds Necip.

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