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Great Blue Turaco

Great Blue Turaco
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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: 2008-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 4:25
Viewed: 5110
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this at a photography day at Cotswold Wildlife

It is the second photo ever of this species on TN :-)

I hope you like it!

Great Blue Turaco - Corythaeola cristata

This bird is a turaco, a group of African near-passerines. It is the largest turaco, generally ranging from 70-75 cm in length with a mass between 822-1231 grams. In the Bandundu province of the D.R.C. (formerly Zaire) the Great Blue Turaco is actively hunted for meat and feathers.The blue and yellow tail feathers are prized for making good luck talismans. In the area of Bandundu around the town of Kikwit, it is called "Kolonvo".

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Hallo Joe
This is a super shot of a beautiful bird. I have seen many Turaco's before but not this one as yet. It is very fascinating and interesting. This one is indeed an eye-catcher, especially that swanky tuft on its head. The red and yellow beak places the cherry on the cake and rounds of this beautiful photo. Framing and presentation are done very pleasantly in this lovely portrait.
Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-08 4:45]

Hello Joe,
Beautiful bird very well captured with great colours, clear details and excellent sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-08 5:46]

hi joe,
what colors, great. the bird is amazingly beautiful and its hard to how people hunt this bird for its meat and tail feathers. horrible.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-08 6:19]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding closeup of this species looking like a punk rocker. The plumge details and colors are amazing Joe, thanks for the fantastic work Joe.

The range of colors is amazing Joe and the detail so minute and fascinating. Yes - he does look like a rock star... cocky and flushed. TFS

A funny looking colourful clown of a bird indeed Joe, your perfectly focused and exposed portrait is full of wonderful details against a pleasantly OOF BG, TFS this fine image my friend.

Quite the patterns and colours....Ken Kesey would have liked it as wold have Dr Leary:-) some who know might understand....Very clear in on the feathers there. Sometimes they look almost as groomed as a rock star...Good show Joey!

bonjour joe
vraiment il n'y a rien a dire au sujet du details,on pourrait presque compter les plumes de cet oiseau.
les couleurs sont evidement superbe.
encore une reussite.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-08 8:36]

Hi Joe

Great portrait of another rather rare bird here on TN - this Great Blue Turaco!
I like the strong close-up on the head of the bird, showing us how multicolored it really is.
The details are excellent (especially on that vivid beak) and the exposure is well handled, since this time you didn't use any flash.
I also like the uniform BG here, which i think goes well to bring out the colors of the bird's plumage.

Bravo and TFS

PS: i got you e-mail. I also think that if we are 10 we can start deciding on stuff...times grows shortly :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-08 9:56]

Hi Joe,

Like it? I LOVE IT!! An amazing close-up of this Great Blue Turaco. He is something to look at. Love that hair-do. The red and yellow beak is another scene stealer. And what a beautiful eye. The colors of his plummage are gorgeous. Magnificent details of the face and feathers. A superb shot of this fashion plate.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-08 9:58]

Hi Joe.
You have pictured a true beauty. I like it and its hair a lot. Sharpness and colour reproduction of the bird are superb and cropping is great for portrait work. I welcome your use of high ISO. Result is very impressive and nice. My compliments.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-08 10:01]

Hi Joe. Now thats waht i call colourful. You have captured very good light in the large brown eye. Fine detail in the feathers and its black head plumge. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-08 12:11]

Hi Joe,
What a nice portrait:)I liked POV,vivid colors,clear details,catchligt in eyes and expression on face a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-08 12:25]

Hello Joe,
Just perfect! What a superb sharp details and clear colours, against a wonderful contrasting BG!

Ciao Joe,
super ritratto di questo spettacolare uccello catturato con una straordinaria definizione e lo stupendo dettaglio del riflesso del fotografo e della scena nell'occhio, eccellenti POV e taglio compositivo con uno stupendo OOF BG, bellissimi i colori.

Hi Joe,
A cool shot of this punk Turaco.
An interesting looking species.
It reminds me a bit of the Australian Cassowary.
Good exposure with good detail in the darker plumage.
Nice work.
TFS and cheers.

Hi Joe,
Excellent close-up of this Great Blue Turaco; great composition, pin-sharp details and brilliant colours.

Hahaha... what a cute Turaco bird. i have not ever seen before. i liked and loved this shot OwlMan Joe. Splendid colours and details. Great portrait indeed.
Well done!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Joe,
The eye is clear and sharp. Nice details, colors, and well exposed mf.
It's a very colorful & distinctive looking bird.
Great portrait work,

Hi Joe,

very good portrait picture of this beautiful bird.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-08 23:28]

Hi Joe

I am pretty sure I saw this turaco in Uganda, on the border with DRC. ANyway, great shot - excellent pose and detail.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-09 7:31]

Hello Joe,
This is a great close-up of this fantastic bird! I love its head-dress and the colours are wonderful. Excellent sharp details and very nicely framed with a contrasting background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Ciao Joe, fantastic portrait with splendid colors, perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe
Fantastic, colorful portrait. Great blured background, perfect sharpness As always gret job

Hello Joe.

Excellent portrait, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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