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Malformation & Condemnation

Malformation & Condemnation
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, SanDisk SD Card 512
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-22 4:19
Viewed: 5531
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another one friendly green heron from the miniserial I started two days ago, this being is the black sheep of the family: a malformed (that is an abnormality on the superior part of the beak) who skilfully adapted and survived like that... he seemed strong and agressive in comparison to others ...

Camera body : Nikon CP 8800
Lens: buildt in Nikkor ED 8-89mm & 1.7 TC
Filter : Nikon FC11 ND4 (neutral density)
Tripod : Hakuba carbon fiber with Velbon ball-head
Image specs: 600mm (89+1.7 TC in digital), ASA 50 , 1/200 , F/6.8, EV -0.3 .

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-22 4:21]
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Chasing parked cars again? Oh dear it looks in a bit of a state. He certainly looks healthy apart from the beak. Great capture Radu.

Great shot, perfect details.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-22 4:45]
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This heron wanted to be woodpecker, but as we all see, without great success :-) Great details and colours.

Pucker up! Very nice shot Radu. I pity the poor bird but he seems ok. Thanx for sharing.

Radu, A great follow-up with this detailed & graphic display of malformation. I wonder if this was from birth or due to injury? A great post!

Looks like he's been trying to open tin cans,probably salmon or sardines.
Either that or he's dived on a dried up lake. Amazing how they adapt. (I once saw a seagull that had been shot with a wooden kebab skewer. It seemed to be just getting on with its life...with a wooden skewer straight through the middle of it's body!)
Well spotted and captured.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-22 12:34]

Another good shot of this very colourful specimen. Good job

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-22 15:25]

Well, he is a survivor all right. The sharpness and DOF is very good and I like the colors.

Thanks for posting

It is very strange the contrast between the malformation and the health of this guy. Beautiful and interesting shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-25 22:47]

Radu, great picture. And the bird has beautiful colors.


Hi Radu
This bird looks indeed in good shape despite the malformation



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