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Natal francolin

Natal francolin
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Digital RAW 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-05-28 6:46
Viewed: 3802
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today again an upload from krugerpark,I made this shot at a picknick site in the lowe sabie area,the francolin just walked around a bit before he climed his mountain,I just had a few second to react before he got of again and continued his search.hope you like it,tfw

Natal Francolin (Francolinus natalensis)

The Natal Francolin is a medium sized bird, common from South Africa to Zambia.
Likes rocky hillsides, water courses, and Acacia bushveld.

Feeds on seeds, insects, fruit, molluscs and bulbs.
When startled the Natal Francolin makes a strident long call of chattering notes.

Nests on the ground in thorn thickets. The nest is a hollow scrape lined with grass. 4-8 creamy yellow eggs are laid, hatching in about 3 weeks.

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Good pose of this interesting bird.
I like the composition and he stands out well against the OOF background.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-28 7:13]

Hello Paul,
Excellent sharp and well composed shot of a Natal Francolin against a fine neutral BG. You did well to capture him before he disappeared.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Paul,

Fantastic POV and pose. It really posed nicely for you. Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-28 8:11]

Hello Paul,
You've posted a beautiful Francolin here! We saw and heard the Black Francolin on Cyprus in the spring. These birds seemed very shy and hard to photograph but you've got a very clear shot of this one in nice light. I like its pose and the composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-28 9:07]

Hi Paul
Nice composition .Good POV and nice neutral colors.I had never seen that burd before.
TFS Michel

Dag Paul,
Mooie 'berg'(en dal:-)compositie.
Sluitertijd is heel traag en je kan het een beetje zien aan de kop...
Prachtige achtergrond.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-28 11:05]

Hello Paul,
Good shot of an interesting bird I have never come across before.Good sharpnessand details. Good POV and composition. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-28 11:18]

Hallo Paul,
Prachtige foto van deze frankolijn. In een goede 'pose'. Ik heb ze ook gefotografeerd, maar in slechte omstandigheden (op asfalt en zo). Deze tekent prachtig af tegen de achtergrond.

bien vu cette photo d'oiseaux, les couleurs sont nettes et naturelles etle bg est excellent
bien vu, merci du partage

Hello Paul , very good POV , good details , TFS and good luck.

Very nice shot with lovely pose of the bird Paul.
Very good composition and wonderful soft color tones.
Very well done. Best regards, Harry

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-31 4:07]

Hello Paul,
Composition and your POV is very good. I liked the pose. TFS

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