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Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 2:56
Viewed: 3877
Points: 23
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Bad Hair Day

Don’t you just love him? I found this messy haired Australian Emu when I was at the Auckland Zoo today with Pam / Coasties and our TL buddy, Dawn. And it looks like he has a bug caught in his whiskers too.

The Emu is Australia's tallest native bird, reaching 1.6-1.9m when standing erect. It weighs 30-45kg.

Adult Emus are covered with shaggy grey-brown feathers except for the neck and head, which are largely naked and bluish-black. The wings are greatly reduced, but the legs are long and powerful. Each foot has three forward-facing toes and no hind toe.

The Emu is found only in Australia. It lives throughout most of the continent, ranging from coastal regions to high in the Snowy Mountains. The main habitats are sclerophyll forest and savanna woodland. These birds are rarely found in rainforest or very arid areas. Emus were once found in Tasmania, but were exterminated soon after Europeans arrived. Two dwarf species of emus that lived on Kangaroo Island and King Island also became extinct.


It was another fun day with you Pam and Dawn – thanks girls!!

Yes, it was a hot day but we’re not complaining as we’re enjoying our long hot summer.

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Hi Janice,
Looks like his just finished scrumming with the Crusaders.Nice sharp well defined pic with the bluish tinge on the front of the neck and spot above the eye.Well done and TFS.

Hello Janice,

This is like deja-vu!
I'm sure I've seen this guy before. I reckon I'm a friend by now!

I just love it! It creases me up to look at him. (Possibly it would have the same effect on him if he was to look at me!)
You have portrayed him to perfection! The details of his features and that marvellous coiffure are very good!

My compliments!
Bev :-)

Hola Janice.
Buenos detalles y genial nitidez.
Buena nota.
Un saludo y tfs, JL.

HEy Janice,
Awesome shot! I love the details!And his hair does stand out!;)
Thanks for the share!

Hi Janice
Very nice portrait
Fine sharpness and detail
tfs jon

Hello Janice,
It is good to hear Pam is all right.
Secondly you uploaded an excellent image. Technically well done
and fun as well.

Pleasing sharpness and DOF. Well captured. Very informative note.

Hi Janice,
IMO he is ugly but at the same time cute;-)with his hair do.
The picture is nice with good sharpness with fine details.
I like the DOF, he is well isolated from the BG.
Well one, old friend.

Still grey winter-days but warm for the season, I really hope
the spring arrived soon with some sunny days.

Hi Janice,
What a lovely - splendid portrait capture of this Emu. I like especially his facial expression. The clarity and sharpness of the image is amazing! I really like your composition, POV and Lighting. Your notes very educative too. Thanks for sharing this beauty.


Lol! What a face! It looks like he's laughing Janice! This is a superb composition with excellent details and exposure. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-16 2:12]

Hello Janice,
I think this is a really cool guy keeping up with fashion trends!! Very amusing capture with fine timing and good focus on the eye. Excellent sharpness and fine colours too. I like the light background too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Janice,
And what's not to love? The parted beak as if it's speaking..
The emu would tell you this isn't a bad hair day. It's my style :)
Nice & sharp with very good DOF, POV, color, and exposure mf,
Thank You!

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