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Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 400, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-08 5:20
Viewed: 3046
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Casuariidae
Genus: Casuarius
Species: C. casuarius
C. c. aruensis
C. c. bicarunculatus
C. c. bistriatus
C. c. casuarius
C. c. johnsonni
C. c. lateralis
C. c. sclaterii
C. c. tricarunculatus
C. c. violicollis
Binomial name: Casuarius casuarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Dutch name : Helmkasuaris

The Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius, also known as Double-wattled Cassowary or Two-wattled Cassowary, is a large flightless black bird with hard and stiff plumage, a brown casque, blue face and neck, red nape and two red wattles hanging down its throat. The three-toed feet are thick and powerful, equipped with a lethal dagger-like claw on the inner toe. The plumage is sexually monomorphic, but the female is dominant and larger with a longer casque and brighter-colored bare parts. The immature bird has plain brown plumage.

It is the largest member of the Cassowary family and is the second heaviest bird on earth, at a maximum size estimated at 85 kg (187 lbs) and 190 cm (74 inches). The Southern Cassowary is distributed in tropical rainforests of Aru and Seram Islands of Indonesia, New Guinea and northeastern Australia. It forages on the forest floor for fallen fruit.

The Southern Cassowary is a solitary bird, that pairs only in breeding season. The male builds a nest on the ground. He also incubates the eggs and raises the chicks.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and overhunting in some areas, the Southern Cassowary is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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Great portrait of this animal.
Colors and DOF are very good.

Well done

This is a very good bird portrait Thijs, I like the tight framing and the combination of sharp focus and shallow depth of field.
The dappled light is attractive, although the high contrast has resulted in slight burn-out in the highlights. Not enough to worry about though.
Good work.


Hello Thijs,
They are the strangest birds that I have ever seen. I will always remember the first time I saw one and it was posted on this site by Vanderschelden :) This is a very good portrait that you present us with nice composition, very good details and colors. You captured a beautiful light in its eye with great exposure. Well done and TFS,

Hallo Thijs,
Goed dicht met leuke compo. De krachtpatser staat
er mooi op:)

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