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Hoatzin- for dB_grafix
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-29
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds of PERU, Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-05 6:19
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This one is for Doug (Doug Brown- dB_grafix)
Hope you like it :o)

Hoatzin was my dream bird in Peru. It was one of the species I wanted to see a lot, in the region I visited (north Amazon) our guides told me that we could see some by chance as they are very shy...

On an early morning walk we took in the jungle in a seasonal flooded forest to be honest I was tired of trying to walk in the mud, because of the heat, the humidty, the fire ants, bugs, and the mosquitos... So I decided to take a break and let others walk.I stayed in a specific location without sitting anywhere because of the fire ants. After a while our local guide (a fisherman of a village nearby) came and told me to come, I was thinking to myself this would really be something that worths to make me walk again in all this undesirable conditions.
And there they were 4 Hoatzins hidden deep in the jungle...
I watched them for about half an hour and I took some photos. Here is one of them. They did not come out as good as I wanted them to be because of the lush vegetation, and the fire ants in the branches around me... But still I consider myself lucky cause I was able to see them (only once in 8 days)

Opisthocomus hoazin

*ID: Large (64 cm); rusty colored with buffy breast; crest on head, large wings, long tail

HABITAT: In small family groups along forested swamps, cochas and small rivers;often sitswith wings spread.

REGION: Amazon

The Hoatzin is one of the most intriguing and unusual species you can see in the flooded forests and marshes of Amazonian Peru.

There is only one species in its family, Opisthocomidae (closely related to cuckoos). It is restricted to upper Amazon and its tributaries. This turkey-sized bird looks for all the world like some prehistoric dinosaur with feathers.

Hoatzins are usually in loose flocks of 5 to 10 birds in bushes along the edges of slow-moving streams or forested lakes. They announce their displeasure at your presence with hisses and croaks just before they weakly flap their wings to fly to the next branch over the water. They eat only leaves and have adigestive system, similar to a cow's, that uses fermentation to digest otherwise undigestible plant parts.

*Traveller's Wildlife Guides- Peru
by David L. Pearson and Les Beletsky

This beautiful bird is native to:
Bolivia; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela

Exposure Time: 1/128
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 400/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-05-29 07:50
Metering Mode: Pattern

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-05 6:35]

Hello Selen,
I know these are very shy birds so you were very lucky and what a superb capture you got!!
Not just one, but two! The top one is brilliant and I love the other one peeping out between the branches. Great details and wonderful natural colours. I like the composition too. I can imagine your struggle but I bet you got lots of pictures during that half hour!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Selen,
Great photo. I can understand your feeling. In Ecuador I have seen them too, but in the branches. Just like the low one in this photo. So I made a WS with only the left one. I hope you don't mind.

Selam Selen Hanım, ne kadar değişik bir kuş:) ayrıca sevimli görünüyor. Tepeliği ve göz etrafı mavilik harika. Elinize sağlık. İyi hafta sonu dileklerimle..

Splendida cattura di questi hoatzin dalle caratteristiche particolari, molto bella la composizione ambientata, ottima nitidezza e bellissimi gli occhi rossi che spiccano nell'azzurro, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Selen hanım çok güzel bir kuş ve nefis bir duruşta yakalamışsınız. Elinize sağlık.

kargaşada iyi yakalamışsın digeride dallarınn arasından bakıyor ellerine saglık Selen

Hi Selen,
A very interesting picture about this odd species. Effort you´ve done to catch them has it worth; as well in middle of jungle and tree leaves are difficult to take photos and you´ve did it well.

PD: You´ve written a funny intro! :D

Good picture, despite the circumstances. A forest bird has to look like forest bird. Well done.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-05 11:20]

Hi Selen,

I can see why this was your "dream bird." I must admit I had never heard of a Hoatzin. And I certainly have never seen a face like this. I love the hair-do and that big eye. I can see the eye peering out of the bushes of the second bird. Wonderful natural colors and excellent details. Thank you for the introduction to this amazing Hoatzin.


Hi Selen,

a Hoatzin one of the oldest birds.I have never seen before the Hoatzin in the wild and I know this bird from the pictures in the nature books.
Good compo and I think he looks at you.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-05 11:24]

Hi selen. i can see why you wanted to see this beautiful bird on you trip. fantastic face and head it has. You have captured the detail and colours so well. TFS.

Merhaba Selen,
A species that we do not see everyday and also is my first encounter of it, much appreciated for your effort and many thanks for the sharing!
good pose of them in their natural environment also in good sharpness, good colour and details
well done my dearest friend
greeting from Tony

Hi Selen

Liked the pair & the camouflage. exotic birds & settings.



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-05 12:18]

Hi Selen!

Funny looking bird. To be honest it looks like drunk fellow with its big red eye :-)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-05 14:01]

Hola Selen.
Vaya pajaros tan raros los que hoy nos presentas aqui. Nunca he visto alguno de ellos en su Medio anbiente. Tiene muy hermosos colores en su plumaje.
Saludos Selen.

Hi Selen,

Very good capture for a one in harsh coditions. Excellent composition, lighting and sharpness.



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-05 23:00]

Hi Selen

I have always been lucky with these birds and have been able to see them in Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela - quite a few - but always in bad light :(

Great shot showing them in typical pose with good detail.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:14]

merhaba selen hanim
sayenizde goremiyecegim turler gormus oldum
guzel ve ilginc bir tur
kompozisyon, isik ve renkler harika
elinize saglik

What a nice dedi Selen.Look at those eyes.I've never seen a bird like this before.That is very good for the distance.I would have cropped it the same way. Would love to get photos of these too.
Thanks Again....:):)

Hi Selen

Congratulations on finding these ancient birds, I can appeciate the effort you had to go through to see them and even better, get a shot to share with us TN junkies.
Good composition
Good sharpness
Good POV and DOF.


Hello Selen
Talk about the just woken up hair look!!...This is a supremely fine capture of the Hoatzin..a bird I have never heard of let alone seen in a picture..Great work with such a slow shutter and high iso at the end of your lenses range,
All the best

Ciao Selen, splendid capture of those strange birds with fantastic colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-06 13:05]

Wow! We don't see a Hoatzin every day!
Excellent photo of this unusual bird.
Great composition.
Good DOF.

Very well done, Selen!


merhaba Selen hanım,
hoatzin gibi meşhur bir kuşu görmek büyük şans olmalı. özellikle yavruların kanatlarındaki tırnaklarıyla akraba olmadıkları halde benzerlik gösterdiği fosil Archaeopteryx kuşunu andırıyor olduğunu zaman zaman öğrencileri de anlatıyorum. güzel çekiminiz için kutlarım. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-06 23:31]

Merhaba Selen,

Yeryüzünde varlığından habersiz, adını dahi yeni duyduğum bu muhteşem kuşla bizi tanıştırdığın için çok teşekkürler. Çektiğiniz onca zahmete de değer doğrusu. Ortamın tüm olumsuzluğuna rağmen her ikisini de gözünden yakalamışsınız. Çok tebrik ediyorum. Yeni karelerinizde görüşmek dileği ile. Hoşçakal.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-07 6:10]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel yaratıklar,saç biçimine bayıldım.Gözdeki canlılık mükemmel.Herhalde punkçı bunlar:)
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Hi Selen
Je ne sais pas ce que c'est comme oiseau que je vois pour la première fois sur le site, mais je le trouve beau avec sa crete,Bonne couleurs et bon BG.
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-09 10:26]

Hello Selen,
It must have been well worth the tortures caused by the heat, insects and mud to be able to make such a fine capture of this primeval bird, the Hoatzin, especially when the result is so fine technically and esthetically in its natural habitat together with another that is more hidden.
Thanks for sharing this fine and unusual image,
Best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-11 10:53]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot of this interesting looking bird which I see for the first time. The blue around its eyes and the crown looks beautiful. Among the natural surrounding it stands out and you must have been to happy clicking it. Great POV and colours. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Very distinctive looking birds Selen.
The bold crest and red eye with the light blue ringlet look fabulous..
I like the overall comp & natural setting, and the lower birds eye just visible as he peeks in at ya :)
Well done!

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