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100 Not Out!

100 Not Out!
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 12:20
Viewed: 4786
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 100th post!!! that came along really quickly.

Today I went to Whipsnade wild animal park. It's only 20 minutes from my home. So with no work today, I got up, had a great British fry up (with everything!!!), packed my camera and left for the day. 2 hours later, after breaking down, I arrived!!

This is a ground Hornbill, which made an appearance during the bird show.

The Ground Hornbill

The prehistoric-looking ground hornbill of Africa is certainly one of nature's most unique creatures. There are two species--the Abyssinian ground hornbill, Bucorvus abyssinicus, meaning large raven-like bird, and the Southern ground hornbill, Bucorvus leadbetteri. Found in subsaharan Africa, the ground hornbill has deep black feathers, with white feathers on its wings which are only displayed in flight. They average about a four-to-six foot wingspan and can weigh up to nine pounds. The ground hornbill spends most of its time--well--on the ground! They fly only rarely to avoid predators or move over tall grass. They spend their days in the brush foraging for bugs, lizards, and small reptiles, and roost at night in the low branches of local trees.

... Like all hornbills, ground hornbills has a very unique beak and face. The beak is large, dark and slightly curved, and they have a low, bony ridge, or "casque" on their forhead. One of the species most colorful characteristic is the bare face and throat patches that both the male and the female have. The throat patch is inflatable, and the males will inflate their throats when displaying to attract a female. The males bare skin turns a deep red when mature, while the females turn bright blue. Both the male and the female have long, curly eyelashes framing their large, yellow-colored eyes. Females lay eggs in the hollows of trees, and raise only one or two babies a year. The babies rely on their parents to feed and care for them untill they are able to leave the nest and learn to find food on their own. Unfortunately, these birds are dissappearing in the wild due primarily to habitat loss.

notes from www.rarespecies.org

Thanks for looking

twin, carper, sAner, naki, Motrem, PDP, dsidwell, Fisher, Signal-Womb, Janice, Runnerduck, JeanMichel, AndyB, flagman, TAZ, coasties, dew77, red45, marhowie, Comandante, Luc, Robbrown, annagrace has marked this note useful
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To annagrace: mmmmmm Halle Berryliquidsunshine 1 09-24 16:45
To livios: Thank you Livioliquidsunshine 1 06-26 16:14
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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-22 12:54]

very inteesting bird...
I like the eyelashes much..
very well focused... great details with a good light...
I like it much..
thanks a lot for sharing Alan...

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-22 13:14]

wauw, Alan,
what a fantastic heat you have here for us, I like it, very well taken, good in pov and a fantastic dof, very good job my friend,
gr. Jaap

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-22 13:44]

What is this Alan? :) Very weird looking bird.
Very nice colours, composition and details. Great Bg.
Well done.

Nice image, sharpness and detail are good, though highlights are just a little burned, maybe a small minus on the EV setting and a little photoshop layer work would have solved this?

I am impressed by the very visible details of this bird. It is a curiosity for me with its long lashes and its bump on the head without speaking about the neck which looks like some leather. Colours are contrasted well and the light is beautiful. I like very much your photo. Good shot!

Je suis impressionnée par les détails bien visibles de cet oiseau. Il est une curiosité pour moi avec ses longs cils et sa bosse sur la tête sans parler de son cou qui ressemble à du cuir. Les couleurs sont bien contrastées et la lumière est belle. J'aime beaucoup votre photo.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-22 14:12]

Congratulations on your 100th shot Alan, here's to a 100 more. Nice portrait if what is, let's face it, an ugly bird. Good details and colours. Well done.

What planet is this guy from? Fun point of view and excellent depth of field make this photo engaging and interesting! Nice work, Alan!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-22 16:03]

Superb composition, sharpness and colours. I like it. Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-22 16:12]

Congrats on the Big 100!!!
And with a big bang celebration, I must say.
Beautiful capture and well composed. She looks like an old Bitty. LOL
Excellent work.


Hello Alan, Congrats on your 100th post and what a cracking shot. Amazing strange features on this bird. Very good shot, well done.

You poor thing breaking down, hey at least you had a full stomach (incredibly full by the sounds of it) to keep you going.
A really interesting subject, not the sort of bird you see everyday which is exactly what this site is about.
Superbly captured, excellent detail. It looks to me like she's had a fight with the decorator!

Hip hip on your 100th, here's to many more.

Thanks for posting.

Impressive portrait, so sharp and detailed. Lot's of presence and personality. Eyelashes are incredible. You've got all this perfectly, with a right BG and a very good framing. Well done, Alan!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-22 19:15]

Hello Alan,
Congrats on your 100th post!
An ugly but memorable one to mark this occasion!
Great colours,nice detail and a perfect oof background.
Good work,well done.

Hi Alan!
Next FANTASTIC portrait! Nothing to add!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-23 3:50]

This is a good portrait of the ground Hornbill, what a character he is. Looks like he's has red paint thrown at him. I won't criticize his looks, poor fellow, but you've caught him well Alan. Well done.

Superb shot Alan!
Perfect "everything" and really interesting model.
I like it very much.

Super photo of this very charismatic, if ugly, subject.
Nice and sharp on the birds head and good background.
Perfect exposure has brought out all the colours on the 'black' plumage.
Well done.

CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post. We all look forward to the next 100! This one is a really ugly bird, but wow, look at those lashes!! Tack sharp, excellent light and interesting note. Well done. Thanks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-23 4:52]

Hello Alan!
Great portrait.Colors and deails are amazing.I liked lighting and compositon very much.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-23 5:01]

Hi Alan, congrats for your 100th!
What a weird bird ;-) Ugly but very well captured. Looks like its head is badly damaged and some crazy artist painted it ;-) I like it!

Hello Alan, This is great! This hornbill looks almost comical to me..Maybe it's the eyelids at half-mast and the "plastered" look! ;-)) Everything looks great Alan, Well done & congrats!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-23 7:36]

Hello Alan,

These birds are beautiful, don't you think? This is a nice picture. Colors are superb, BG is good, POV is great and details are sharp. Composition is great aswell. I just love the lazy glance in his eye. Well captured! Well done & TFS!


Great post for your 100th post, Alan.
Ugly but beautiful picture with good details.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
Very well done.


Hello Alan!
Very nice 100th post.Hope to see your 10000th post here.This bird is new to me.Is it a character from starwars?;).Details,lighting,DOF,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

hello:) beauty photo:) exellent shot:) I love pose:) and I like colours here:) great DOF:)
I love it:)


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-23 22:10]

Hello Alan! Congratulations for the 100th!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-24 3:27]

Wow ! Beautiful & interesting portrait for this incredible bird ! How old is he ? 10000 years ;-)
Good pose, colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing Alan.

Nice portrait of the bird.
It has got such a funny look.
I felt it like a wooden sculpture done carelessly.
I like the clear details and the nice colours.

Very nicely captured Alan, the portrate formate, gives no hint that it is not in the wild. A worthy 100th image TFS and keep them coming.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-26 13:33]
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Alan, congratulations on your 100th post.

It's really great to have you on Treknature.

You are not only a great photographer, but also a great member.

As for this post, really amazing. It even doesn't seem to be from this planet.

Excellent sharpness, composition and blurred bg.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-28 6:07]

Hullo Alan. I really like your 100th post. It is very special. I think it has a lot of character and charisma. Wonderful shapes and colors. shown in crisp details against a beautiful background. Congratulations, and thanks for being such a good member. I have learned a lot and gotten a lot of encouragement from you. To many more posts. : )

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-07-04 17:02]

Poor guy. He really does look the worse for wear. Very well captured though. The details and composition are excellent.
Regards Toni

What a hideous looking bird, reminds me of Margaret Thatcher, LOL!! Great color, POV and DOF. Spectacular job on this one and congrats on the 100th post.

Your friend from the land of attractive birds like Halle Berry, LOL!


Hello Alan.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

jose Luis.

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