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Chatty Pukeko

Chatty Pukeko
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 22:01
Viewed: 4441
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What is a Pukeko?

The Pukeko, or New Zealand Swamp Hen is a member of the rail family, and is similar to other species found all over the world. It is one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival of man, and can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups will often be seen foraging for food in road-side areas.

With their bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out against the New Zealand greenery, particularly when their white tail feathers begin flashing in alarm. Just why they have struck a chord with the Kiwi psyche is hard to say, but you'll find their images on all manner of art and craft works. Ask any visitor to New Zealand what bird they remember most, and they will more than likely answer, "The Pukeko!"

The above obtained from http://www.pukeko.ws/bird.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 6:34 p.m.
Date: 24th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/125
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 280mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Great portrait of this hen Pam.
Superb composition with excellent colors and details.
It is very sharp with good POV and BG.

Great composition and good timing. It looks like the beak just barely starts to fall out of focus. I love animal portraits when they are done well. Good job.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-30 22:43]

Hello Pam

The colours are striking.Excellent POV and DOF.The composition is very well done.As usual the details are sharp and clear.TFS


Hello Pam,
I like the sharpness and details of this image. Beautiful natural colors and spot on exposure. A brilliant picture and TFS.

Fantastico primo piano, Pam!
Dettagli e colori bellissimi.

Ciao e grazie.

The face in this close-up image of the bird shows character, Pam. Maybe that is the reason it has caught up with the Kiwi psyche :-)!
I like the way you have caught the subtle overlapping of shades of colours in the bird's very fine chest feathers.

Cool bird portrait :)
I have seen many of them in Victoria/Australia running a round.
Nice details and colours!


Excellent detail, sharpness, POV, clear BG and lighting. TFS,

Hi Pam,

Good shot. Very sharp with nice colors. I like the composition too as well as the nice green background.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-12-01 6:11]

Hi Pam!

Great portrait of Pukeko! I like composition with green/black scheme. Bird has got interesting pose, it looks like one of our parliamentarians with always opened beak ;-)

Hi Pam,
Good compo...with wonderful colors.
I like the fact that the beak is a little bit open and still sharp!(or almost;-)

Hello Pam,
That is an excellent portrait on this Pukeko. Good colours, lighting and exposure. The details are nice, clear and sharp. This is a great composition. Tank you my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-01 7:44]

Hi Pam,
Lovely sharp and well-composed portrait of the Pukeko and good note.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Hi Coasties,

Great detail and sharpness. I wonder what is the BG consist of?

Hello Pam,

Your picture is great, but I wanted to see if I was able to give it a little bit more "Punch"

See the workshop, I hope you like it.


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