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Crested Guineafowl

Crested Guineafowl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-27 7:27
Viewed: 3271
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a week of skiing in the Alps of Austria, I’m back with a new photo.

The Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) is a member of the Numididae, the guineafowl bird family. It is found in open forest, woodland and forest-savanna mosaics in sub-Saharan Africa.

It has a total length of approximately 50 cm (20 in) and the plumage is overall blackish with dense white spots. It has a distinctive black crest on the top of its head, the form of which varies from small curly feathers to down depending upon subspecies, and which easily separates it from all other species of guineafowl, except the Plumed Guineafowl.

Unfortunately, the names "crested" and "plumed" are often mis-applied across the species.
The intraspecific taxonomy of the Crested Guineafowl has been subject to considerable debate, but most recent authorities accept 5 subspecies (e.g. I. Martinez in HBW, 1994). Visual differences between the subspecies, in addition to the form of the crest, are in the colour and position of any patches on the otherwise grey-blue neck and face. Such patches vary from almost white to yellow, to red. The nominate subspecies is found in East Africa from Somalia to Tanzania, and is distinctive with a grey-blue neck and extensive red to the face.

It is sometimes considered a monotypic species, the Kenya Crested Guineafowl, in which case the remaining subspecies, which are found in southern, central and west Africa, retain the common name Crested Guineafowl, but under the scientific name Guttera edouardi. They have a bluish face and neck, though the nape is very pale greyish (almost white) in some subspecies and the throat is red in others.

The species is monogamous with probable strong and long-lasting pair bonds. Courtship feeding is common, the author having seen a captive male run 5-10 metres to the hen to present some particular morsel. The nest is a well-hidden scrape in long grass or under a bush; eggs vary from nearly white to buff and a clutch is usually around 4 or 5.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
another beautiful and interesting photo. Amazing colours of this bird. Very good light conditions. Nice point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Peter
Ik had je al gemist,maar weer goed terug gekomen?
En meteen weer met een mooie opname
veel scherpte goed licht en mooi kleuren maken het weer helemaal kompleet voor een super plaatje
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
What a splendid image with exceptional details, vivid colors and superb clarity.
Wonderful composition with perfect focus.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-27 7:43]

Hi Peter.
Once more charming bird in front me. What a cute creature and wonderful shot. I think every women would wish to have such fine dress. Amazing coloration and brilliant reproduction. Sunlight underlines all beauties of the bird fantastically. Bravo. Excellent picture.

Hello Peter,
Lovely pic from this interesting bird which here in my land is called "Guiné" .Do you don´t think that the pic is a bit brightness?
Best regards from,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2011-02-27 8:22]
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Hello Peter,
Welcome back from your skiing trip!
I wonder if you were able to take pictures of the Snowfinch or Alpine Chough, but maybe taking a camera while skiing is a bit risky!
Nice capture of this Crested Guineafowl, the sharpness and lighting being great to show its features from a nice lateral POV.
Thanks and kind regards,¨

Welcome back Peter. Your photo as usually is excellent. Very interesting bird too.

Hello Peter,
Your title already made me aware in the thumbnail that it is a guineafowl and...so what? A guineafowl is a guineafowl. But you prove dme wrong. A guineafowl is not just a guineafowl. This is a fabulous photo!. The detail and colours and patterns are superb. Well done.

Ciao Peter. Exciting light and colours wit perfect focus on red eye. So cute bird MF.


hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of this species
of exotic bird, very fine POV, DOF and
the framing with leaving a good free space,
very beautiful light, beautiful eye-contact,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Peter,
It is a fine close up of this bird. The colours are great and the details of the plumage are amazing. Well done!

Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details, wonderful light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
a superb capture of the Crested Guineafowl taken from an excellent POV, very good sharpness, i like very much the bluish and whitish markings on the plumage and head features of this marvellous bird, a very pleasant composition
Best regards

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle valorisation du sujet mais c'est hélas une animal vivant en captivité.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-27 13:14]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting and different bird,great colors,sharpness and fine POV.TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-27 13:24]

Hello Peter.
Wonderful capture of this bird . The colors are beautiful and every feather stands out. Lovely pose and setting and a wonderful sparkle in his eye.Best regards Siggi

Good day Peter! Where have you been my friend for so long ?? Welcome back ... well a have been reading some of the comments above and especially that one of Gérard who gave a single point because of the fact that the bird's shot was taken in captivities, and I do not agree with him on that issue, even if this is true! The TN guidelines allows shots taken that way, and I personally have some images taken at our local Zoo.
However my concern here is regarding the improper use of sharpening Peter, or perhaps over sharpening if I can call it that way! This seems a critical issue always when images with extreme contrast between certain parts of the animal body. In this case the white and black plumage of the Crested Guineafowl. If you look the head of the bird close to the eye, that unpleasant effect of over sharpening is more obvious there. Please, try in Photoshop the following sharpening settings which must be applied to the original. Example: Amount +/- between 170-250, radius 0.3 pixels, Treshold 1 levels.
George Veltchev

Great photo, good lighting, good detail and true colours.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3474] (15151)
  • [2011-02-28 13:44]

Hello Peter,
Very nice capture, the clarity, color and composition is very beautiful.
Congratulations and best regards ..

Hallo Peter
I have seen some Guineafowl in parks. This beautiful gallid bird is similar to them. but it is different, with especially crests. spotted plumage, red skinned face and red eye iris are seen very pretty. you nicely captured it, with great focus, POV and exposure. lighting and composition also very nice. thanks for sharing. well done
have a nice evening

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5803 W: 89 N: 14914] (62525)
  • [2011-02-28 16:18]

Hi Peter,welcome back! And this is a great gift.A beautiful guttera taken whit an impressive sharpness to appreciate the magnificent plums design.Excellent light,colors and details too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2011-03-01 2:00]

Hello Peter,
Hope that you had a good stay in Austria and enough snow for skiing.
The Guineafowl is a bird we cannot miss with its amzing spotted plumage and its round shape. I never have seen one in real , but I'm sure that I would be impressed. Interesting note too. I didn't know that there are so many subspecies.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2011-03-02 4:27]

Hello Peter,
such a bright view of this fowl. the details are exciting in its spotted feathers and the red head is really attract the eyes.
The lighting is so well controlled to give a good view.


Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture of this big fat beautiful bird! I've never seen this Crested Guineafowl before. I love to see it basking in a relaxed and composed way in the warm sun. Excellent details, splendid colours and perfect clarity. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice Sunday!

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