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Chukar Partridge

Chukar Partridge
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Copyright: Ka Lis (avallaunius) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 8 N: 44] (230)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-13 4:58
Viewed: 8412
Points: 24
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Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Alectoris
Species: Alectoris Chukar

The Chukar is a rotund 32–35 cm long bird, with a light brown back, grey breast, and buff belly. The face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. When disturbed, it prefers to run rather than fly, but if necessary it flies a short distance on rounded wings.
It is very similar to the Rock Partridge, Alectoris graeca, but is browner on the back and has a yellowish tinge to the foreneck. The sharply defined gorget distinguishes this species from the Red-legged Partridge. Their song is a noisy chuck-chuck-chukar-chukar.
This partridge has its native range in Eurasia, from the Kashmir region, Pakistan, Afghanistan and northern Republic of India in the east to southeastern Europe in the west, and is closely related and similar to its western equivalent, the Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa.
Chukar prefer rocky, steep, and open hillsides. In the United States, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho lead all other states in terms of feral chukar populations and harvest. However, they can be found in almost all the western states in isolated populations.
Chukars are common in the south of the island of Rhodes in Greece, their habitat coming fairly close to the sea, within a kilometer in fact.
The chukar is a resident breeder in dry, open, and often hilly country. In the wild, chukar travel in groups of 5 to 40 birds called coveys. It nests in a scantily lined ground scrape laying 8 to 20 eggs. Chukars will take a wide variety of seeds and some insects as food; however, Downy Brome (Cheatgrass) is this species' strong food preference. When in captivity, they will lay one egg per day throughout the breeding season if the eggs are collected daily.

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Γεια σου Νικο,
What a cute bird! This is a excellent close-up of this colorful bird. The composition is excellent, with the see and the spring flowers as background. Sounio is a magic place! Congratulations,
Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-03-13 8:09]

That is such a pretty bird, Nikos.
The light and the colors on it are beautiful.
Nice pose and eye contact.
Details are very sharp.
Your crop of the bird with the seascape BG makes for a lovely composition.
TFS. : )

Yassas Nikos.
The portrait of this bird look wonderful.
Very good details and colors in yours picture.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-13 8:39]

Hello Nikos
Wonderful portrait!
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Nikos
This is a lovely bird and the very close capture enables us to see some of the lovely details, especially in its face. It is great to see the almost "segmented" colours in the facial and neck area, as well as the bright red beak and circle around the eye. The Chukar Partridge is a beautiful bird with some striking qualities, which is well shown in this well focused image. I also like your background and viewpoint very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Anna

Hello Nikos
Superb portrait of this partridge, very sharp details with great details on his beautiful pumage, lovely pose and wonderful DOF
very well done

Kalimera Nikos,
Wonderful portrait of a chukar, plenty of details, beautiful sharpness and colors. Composition's pleasant to look at, and the eye contact between the bird and the camera is simply awesome. Great job, congrats and tfs.
Best regards from Hungary, László

Bonsoir Nikos
La perdrix semble ętre attirer par quelque chose devant elle. Les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau sont clairs et nettes. Le sujet est bien cadré. La lumičre donne un avantage aux couleurs.
Bonne soirée et bravo....JP

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2010-04-02 14:57]

Hello Nikos,
Great portrait of the pretty bird in its natural environment. I'm amazed how you managed to take such a close-up portrait. Perfect colours, sharpness, dof and details.
Best greetings and TFS!

Hello Nikos

This is a great close up of a beautiful partridge with very good information.
A species not native to Canada, but it was introduced here many years ago and can now be seen often in open fields.

The details are excellent and I like the background with a nice creamy off focus Bokeh.

Colours are nice but with a small yellowish overtone that could be easily corrected in post process.
Look at the workshop I did to see if you prefer it.

This is an excellent photograph, congratulations

Best regards


Hi Nikos
Beautiful photo. First of all fantastic colors. I also like beautiful, blured background. Sharpness and POV is perfect Nothing to critique

Hi Nikps,

what an great portrait from this bird with good natural colours.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-12 1:47]

Hi Nikos,
lovely presentation of this well detailed portrait of the partridge. The red beak is indeed a stunner. I like the zebra stripe of the feathers.
The distance blurry background is well composed and it enhances the the beauty of presentation.


I'd call this a beautiful picture, Nikos, but it looks more like a portrait! I love the pose you've caught. Such a brightly colored bird - and beautiful detail you have captured without blurring the bg too much. It helps to see the habitat sometimes! Very nice work.

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