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Red-crested korhaan

Red-crested korhaan
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-08-01 9:13
Viewed: 3619
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm somehow a bit confused about this ID. Thus it's a photographer's note in progress.
First I thought it is a Black-bellied bustard and then I thought it's a Red-crested Korhaan. I compared them to the drawings in the Kruger map. Somebody said here these drawings were not always accurate.
Drawing and Photography definitely not the same art:-).
BTW this 'map' is well done and a great help and I like these drawings.
Anyway, I compared them and saw no crest in my pic. I suppose this couldn't be the Red-Crested korhaan.
So it must be the Black-bellied bustard. However this Bustard differs a lot from another specimen posted in my gallery a while ago. And it differs a lot from the drawing in the abovementioned map as well. Maybe this is a female?
Maybe it is male without its breeding colors here?
A bit puzzled...

Thanks for looking and I wish you a nice weekend.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Janice: Janice, I'm not sure whether it is a bird or notvanderschelden 1 08-01 16:13
To Royaldevon: :-)vanderschelden 1 08-01 12:09
To Argus: Thanks, Ivanvanderschelden 2 08-01 11:07
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Ah... can names get any better than "Black-bellied bustard" ???? ! I love it! I am so unschooled when it comes to ID's that I still find some of them amusing!

It is a great shot, a bit busy... but how could it not be with that amazing feather pattern!

Evelynn : )

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-01 10:32]
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Hello Annick,
A fine capture of the Red-crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista) with fine sharpness and good contrast against the OOF green BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-01 10:54]

Hi Annick. Which ever one it is its a great picture . The detail in the feather markings are spot on. A large looking bird. which you have captured with natural colours. It also has a large eye. well done TFS.
.Have a nice weekend.

Hello Annick,

I so glad Ivan identified it for you, well just for your own peace of mind!
The markings on this bird look like a complicated tapestry and you have captured them so sharply!
Good dof to isolate the b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-08-01 14:27]

I am not even going to attempt an ID on this -- but it sure looks great :)
YOu've done a superb job capturing all the details in this amazing feathers

Ciao Annick,
bellissima momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con una postura di all'erta (look out) in ambientazione naturale. ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio, belli e naturali i colori.
TFS. Have a nice weekend

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-01 15:59]
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So your Black-bellied bustard might now be a Red-crested Korhaan. Oh no! It might be the Mrs Black-bellied bustard or the Mr Red-crested Korhaan.

Poor fellow, I hope he/she knows who he or she is - even if you don't Annick! And I hope it's partner doesn't get too confused either.

BTW - good shot of this bird - it is a bird, isn't it?


"Isnt she adorable" was the only word came out when saw first. That is it looks so female like. A marvellous shot with the dorsal pattern...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-02 1:23]

Hello Annick,
What an excellent capture!
Shots like this are a near impossiblity to frame, focus and shoot, and you did an excellent job on all counts.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-02 2:09]

Hello Annick, The wing pattern on this somehow shows the peacock design. The eye focus suggest that the bird is actually looking at someone beind him. Excellent sharpness and brilliant composition. Ganesh

Great pic Annick.

It is the Red-Crested korhaan for sure. I know it because the "V" pattern that you can see clearly in the feathers on its back is indicative of which species it is.

This bird has an amazing mating ritual. It flies straight up into the air for about 30 metres, and then tumbles down as if it has been shot. It really almost hits the ground before it pulls up just in time. I have been fortunate enough to see this once. Truly amazing to see.

The afrikaans name for this beautiful creature is a "Boskorhaan". Translated literally into English it means "Bushkorhaan".

Anyway, it is a very nice picture, great pose you captured.


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