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Horned Screamer

Horned Screamer
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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: 2008-05-26
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 6:39
Viewed: 9649
Points: 62
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Horned Screamer
Anhima cornuta

This is the first Horned Screamer photo in Trek Nature Hope you like it.

I have seen them many times in the Amazon, they have a very loud and different call which identifies them easily, but the hard thing was to notice them fast enough, they were always appearing all of a sudden out of nowhere and so close.This one was taken at 190mm.

*The Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta) is a member of a small family of birds, the Anhimidae, which occur only in tropical South America.
Native: Bolivia; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela

There are three screamer species, the other two being the Crested Screamer and the Black-necked Screamer in the genus Chauna.

They are related to the ducks, geese and swans, which are in the family Anatidae, but have bills looking more like those of game birds.

The Horned Screamer is found from Colombia and Venezuela south to Brazil and eastern Bolivia. It is now extinct in Trinidad.

This is a massive 84-95 cm (33-38 in) long, 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) bird, with a small chicken-like bill. The upperparts, head and breast are black, with white speckles on the crown, throat and wing coverts. There is a long quill projecting forward from the crown, which gives this species its name. The belly and under wing coverts are white. It has two sharp spurs on its wings, and feet which are only partially webbed.

The Horned Screamer lives in well-vegetated marshes and feeds on water plants. Its nest is a large pile of floating vegetation anchored in shallow water. Three olive-brown eggs are laid, and the young, like those of most Anseriformes, can run as soon as they are hatched.

The Horned Screamer's call, as its name suggests, is a very loud U-WHO or honking YOIK-YOK
(Source: Wikipedia)

After Sumon's question about the call,I've searched for the voice clips, here is one I found (though the ones I saw were noiser,this is a nice one)

call of the horned screamer

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-10 6:51]

Hello Selen,
Congratulations on this species-first on TN! A fine take-off capture of Horned Screamer taken with great timing and sharpness from a fine POV.
TFS this excellent contribution.
Best wishes,

Hi Selen
This is really nice action shot of this bird which I newer seen before.
Well done and TFS

çok güzel bir anda yakalamışsın kanat detayları ve netlik harika gezip görmediğimiz yerleri ve fotografları paylaştığı için teşekkürler ellerine saglık Selen

Merhaba Selen Hanim ne kadar güzel bir çığlıkçıl tam da hareket halinde yakalamışsınız. Nefis bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-06-10 7:22]
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Hello Selen,
WOW!You have come back with a collection of amazing photographs from Peru.:) How was the holidays, by the way?
Excellent capture of the Horned screamer in flight.Good focus, sharpness and beautiful details.Nice POV and DOF.
Thanks for the share and Congratulations for being the first,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-10 7:41]

Hi Selen, this is a fantastic shot with magnificent colours! I love the movement of the bird that you caught and the green leafy ground where it is landing. Your picture is filled with grace and wilderness, simply beautiful. Thank you!


Hi Selen,
perfect captured, beautifull natural environment, great sharpness on bird.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-10 9:55]

Hola Selen.
Bella foto. Probablemente es la primera foto de esta especie aqui en TN. Se logra gran calidad en la presentacion, y se nota la habilidad del fotografo en esta preentacion.
Muy bella Selen.

Congratulazioni per questa bellissima novità su TN. Spettacolare cattura, ottimo POV, bella composizione ambientata, eccellente nitidezza, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Selen,
A new species for me...this Screamer:-)
Beautiful image.

This shot is really phantastic!
Very good.
I like it very much!



Hi Selen,

Very good picture of this Horned Screamer. Good pose, POV and composition, sharp details and natural colours.



Merhaba Selen,
Many thanks for this first posting on TN! much appreciated for the notes regarding this species!
very sharp image in the bird taking off, very good colour and details
thanks for your effort too

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-10 21:41]

Hi Selen
Great action shot with good sharpness and fine detail
tfs jon

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-10 23:18]

Hi Selen

COngratulations - well timed - a very sharp action shot of this odd looking bird.


Hi Selen,
nice action shot. Congratulation for being first to post this species here on TN and thank you for shraring it with us. Regards, Anil

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-11 3:04]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
İlk defa gördüğüm bir tür.Üstelik uçarken çok net yakalamışsınız.TN de ilk olması dolayısıyla da tebrik ederim.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 3:27]
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Hi Selen,
Wonderful in-flight shot of this first-timer on TN the Horned Screamer. Is their call a real harsh scream? Great timing and skill to get this shot and I like the natural surrounding very much. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-11 4:58]

Hello Selen,
I've never seen this bird before - very interesting and well captured here in flight.
I like your POV showing the horn and the colours very well. Great focus on the eye and sharp details. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-11 5:36]

Hello Selen,
Don't have much time, very beautiful photo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-11 11:16]

Excellent capture of this first Horned Screamer on TN!! :-D
Great take-off pose and a superb composition.
Sharp and crisp with fine detail.
Brilliant DOF.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday!


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-06-11 12:42]

Hi Selen,
what an exotic bird and this one in full action, excellent bird shot again. I'm sure you did'nt have all the facilities you have at home to make good pictures. Therefore my big compliment to this "first on TN". By the way, the footbalmatch is underway, and I don't care too much about it.
Best regards to you, Selen

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-12 9:07]

Merhaba Selen hanım müthiş bir kare yakalamışsınız çokda güzel olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-06-12 13:12]

Hi Selen,
Certainly is an extraordinary looking fella and from that wild look in his eye you can tell he's not one for going quietly :-)Well done in catching it in mid flight and despite the difficult light you've managed to get good detail and colour.Have a good evening.
Regards, David

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-12 15:04]

Hola Selen, buenas fotografias compartes con nosotros de las selvas de Perú, esta no es menos, un vuelo bajo de esta ave para mi desconocida. Una toma bien resuelta, con la dificultad del dinamismo, buen color y perfectamente iluminada. un saludo

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-13 0:53]
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Hi Selene,
A superb capture for a first post and boy! 'rent they massive ...i like the inflight composition and all this must have happened in a flash...the colours produced are really nice and the wings look quite impressive..is that green that i see on the underwings or kind of reflection?...they compliment the algae filled waterbody beneath the bird...and interesting kind of chicken-beak for a bird as big as this...:)

Thanks for sharing this rare pcature...

bu güzel Güney Amerika kuşunu belgesellerde ve kitaplarda çok gördüm ama uçanını ilk kez gördüm. gerçekten nefis bir çekim. renkler de çok güzel, odaklama ve kompozisyon da. elinize sağlık Selen hanım, selamlar.

Hi Selen,
Is the first time I see a photo about that species, screamer we have in my town are Chauna genus and looks a bit different. A pity the tree trunk is dark as screamer head, but is an important document

Hi Selen,
How interesting that after so many posted photos there is still a moment of a first on TN. It shows the diversity of nature and probably the difficultness of capturing this bird. Its a first and its a beauty. The pose shows that you were just in time and that a few seconds later you would have either missed it or captured a black dot in the sky.

Hi Selen,

There is nothing I can add that has'nt already been said, just stunning and congratulations on a first on T.N,

Cheers Rick :)

wow, this is just amazing, TFS this new bird for me, Ori

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