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The King on the Board

The King on the Board
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Barbets of SA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-25 7:53
Viewed: 7338
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second post – please see http://www.treknature.com/images/photos/4/barbet-crested-004_s_.jpg for First post. This is a typical post for the Crested Barbet when he lands on the feeding tray, smooth and upright, with the crest flat, neck stretched-out a bit. He will hop to the food and attack it with vigour, all the time looking around fro intruders or enemies. Barbets belong to Capitonidae , there are 83 species world wide, 42 off found in Africa, 10 off here in SA. They are small, stout bodied bird with powerful bills & large heads. They are mostly frugivorours. The are nest hole breeders & excavate their own nest holes in trees. They are primary nest hole dwellers, meaning they create the hole, and secondary nest hole breeders use the nest after them. Kuif is a compulsive hole maker. We buy dried sisal (agave) logs for them. I have seem that they will start excavating within 5 minutes of me leaving the nest still on the ground! They are regularly parasitized by Honeyguides. This I often see, not that the honey guide has been successful on my property. She really gives them the chase of their lives. Both partners will chase her to keep her from entering the nest hole. They “bitch” the whole time while they are chasing her. Sorry, there is not other expression that describes being annoyed so well that I know. The crested Barbet has a voice like an alarm clock going off. It is a rather pleasing trilling note, and they can keep it up several minutes. They sit right in the top of the tree, and sing their song of content. But this will change immediately to a shrilling sharp alarm when disturbed by the honey guide or when a cat would venture on the property. You get to know their mood so well, that you well investigate this call & chase off the intruder.
Tomorrow, I will get to his appearance.

carper, mogens-j, Robbrown, Esox, Rinie_Hoff, nwoehnl, TAZ, jhm, Eagle78, PDP, danbachmann, poppygan59, Luc, coasties has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To deons: TNCallie 1 02-09 14:45
URL of a picture???Callie 6 07-25 15:08
To Rinie_Hoff: WelkomCallie 1 07-25 14:24
To Esox: WelcomeCallie 1 07-25 14:20
Shooting DetailsCallie 1 07-25 07:54
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-25 12:49]
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Schitterende foto Callie,
Wat een kleuren pracht, goede compositie, uitstekende note. Callie je bent goed man.

Oh yes Callie, this one really shows him in a beautiful pose. Like the first one - everything seems to work perfectly - great capture.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-25 13:22]
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Super shot!
Great details and colors.
Efficient DOF, too.

This is better than yesterdays the whites are far better seen , in fact all the colours seem more in balance. Nice one

Wow, Callie, wat een rijkdom aan vogels hebben jullie toch, bij ons is de koolmees en de vlaamse Gaai EN het ijsvogeltje geloof ik, het kleurigste wat er is.
Prachtig portret van deze mooie volgel met die ontzettend sterke snavel

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  • Cat Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-25 13:49]

Oh Callie, this is so beautiful! Everything just works so well. Beautiful capture.

Callie, this is a great supplement to your previous posting, as we get to see more of the beautiful guy's profile. Outstanding rendering of the colors and patterns of the plumage, and as always the supreme DOF. Plus the bird makes quite a fine diagonal through the frame. Very nice.

Great capture of this chap, nicely set off against a clean background. Focus and DOF spot on. From this angle you can really see his all purpose tool, the strong bill ;-)

A wonderful king:)Callie!
It's very interesting about her voice like an alarm clock!I can imagine it.
But really (as always about your animals shots)I havenot seen before this kind of bird.
Her diagonal pose in the frame is an excellent point here,with skilfully managed the DOF,I have to say as usual for this great shot that it's EXCELLENT,but I think that it's really EXCELLENT:)
Both shot(with yesterday) are great,here very well composed the bird.
I like it alot,Callie!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-26 11:39]

Wonderfull shot for this beautifull bird ! Well done !

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-26 13:50]

Oef dit is zeer mooi Callie, groots wil ik noemen en meteen mijn favoriet. Schitterend!!!

Hmm...in my opinion, now you´re feeling like fish in the water, right Callie???!! ;)))
I already know who´s the one who´s going to keep us all time with exclamation points when to watch your posts :)
Thanks for being here!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-28 14:34]

Handsome bird with splendid colouration. I liek the sharpness of the image and the DoF is spot on. fantastic.

I think you are becoming a master with the bird photos. Amazing detail of the head fethers, natural pose and good use of what looks like dim available light

great capture Callie, its beauty bird...
Great detail and color...

Nice capture of this unusual bird. You did a great job on this. Congratulations.

Excellent in-focus photo with vivid colors! Seems like it's next to me! Very nice work!

Hello Callie

This guy is outstanding. I love his colours. Excellent catchlight in the eye. The OOF BG is a great enhancement. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2006-02-09 8:51]
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Baie mooi foto Callie.

Ek bly by Vaaldam en het nou net aangesluit.

Ek kry hom in my tuin maar kon nog nie 'n mooi foto geneem het nie. Jou foto wys hoe dit gedoen moet word en ek sal maar moet aanhou probeer.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-13 21:47]

I took a look at your first posts.
This one was very good seen with my eyes of today.
Thank you my friend Callie.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-14 8:33]

Hallo Callie,
Wat een prachtige opname. Een schitterende kleurbalans. Prachtige details. Dit is een van de vogels die ik nog in jullie prachtige land gemist heb.
Groeten, Peter

Wonderfull shot for this beautifull bird ! Well done !

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