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Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard
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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: 2008-10-20
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 400, bean bag
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favorites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 8:37
Viewed: 3884
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kori Bustard, Ardeotis kori, is a large bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight, although this title may also belong to the similarly-dimensioned Great Bustard.

The Kori Bustard is mostly grey in color, with a black crest on its head and yellow legs. Kori Bustards are often found with bee-eaters riding on their backs as they stride through the grass. The bee-eaters make the most of their walking perch by hawking insects from the bustard's back that are disturbed by the bustard's wandering.
A close-up of the plumage

This is a large and heavy bird, and avoids flying if possible. It spends most of its time on the ground, foraging for the seeds and lizards which make up most of its diet.

The male Kori Bustard averages at about 110 cm (3.7 feet) in length and stands 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) tall. An average male bird would weigh about 12.4 kg (26-27 lb), but exceptional birds may weigh over 20 kg (44 lb). A report exists of a 34 kg (75 lb) bird, but it is not verified and must be beheld with skepticism because it so much heavier than any other recorded weight for a Kori Bustard. The female Kori Bustard averages 5.7 kg (11 lb) and is usually 20% shorter than a male.

Like all bustards, Kori Bustards have polygynous breeding habits, where one male displays to attract several females and mates with them all. He then leaves the females to care for the young by themselves. The females build a nest on the ground and incubate the eggs, foregoing eating for days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings them a steady stream of food, most of it soft so the chicks can eat it easily.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-01 8:57]

Hi Paul. A strange looking bird that you have captured here. a lot of detail and markings in the feathers which you have taken so well. Good natural colours. I like the way its looking back as it runs off. well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-01 9:09]

Hej Paul,
A lovely capture of the Kori Bustard that's turned you its back! I love the way it is holding its head high looking very proud and showing a nice profile of the head and a beautiful plumage! The background is a perfect cmouflage while it stands out very sharply. Very nicely framed too!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Paul,
Undoubtedly a beautiful portrait of the Kori Bustard.
I was quite successful as well in Etosha National Park, Kori Bustard wise. It's a great bird to photograph even from a vehicle as it is a big bird and an apparently proud one as we can see very well in your work. So it's very good to focus on:-).
Precise moment photo. Well composed. Beautiful brownish colors throughout the image.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-01 12:17]

Hi Paul,
Excellent capture.POV,harmonious colors,clarity,moment you caught and details on plumage are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Paul,
Excellent capture of Kori Bustard; great low POV, good composition, sharp fine details, natural habitat.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-02 4:56]

Paul, WoW what a strange looking bird. The long neck and a lovely back pose standing out against this matching BG. Simply amazing shot. Ganesh

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