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Double-banded Courser

Double-banded Courser
Photo Information
Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-21 9:51
Viewed: 3112
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Double-banded coursers (Rhinoptilus africanus) stand in shade of shrub in the heat of the day in open plains with short grasses, or around the ground between grass tufts around pans. Dry flat riverbeds and stony semi-desert are also favoured. As they are fast runners and reluctant fliers, this makes them difficult to observe.

Distribution: Locally common throughout most of Namibia, especially Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek and the Caprivi.

Diet: Early morning and late afternoon foragers for ants and beetles, caught with a sudden thrust after a quick run.

Description: Short, arched bills and strongly patterned plumage.

Breeding: Only 1 rounded egg, slightly pointed at 1 end is laid on bare ground year-round. Nests become slightly hollowed during incubation and are ringed with small stones and plant matter. Antelope droppings are also used.

Size: 25cm. Weight: 90g.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.


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Hello Carl,
A beautiful capture of this lovely bird taken with great details, excellent sharpness and nice colours. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-21 10:33]

Hello Carl,
Great photo of this Double-banded Courser. Excellent sharp detailed and beautiful natural colours. Very good DOF, low POV and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-21 11:28]

Hi Carl,
Lovely shot with a very good composition and sharpness details.
Nice natural colours.
Regards Jiri.

amazing camouflaged bird, TFS Ori

fantastic execution of this shot Carl, and of course I envy you for the golden opportunity to test your equipment at Etosha National Park! brilliant depth, colors and simplicity once again!Bravo ...and thank you kindly for your warm comments! Appreciated!
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-21 14:16]

Hello Carl,
What a fine capture of this lovely bird,great sharpness,details and splendid colours.A very good POV...
Have a nice weekend!...

Beautiful and very interesting bird Carl! Beautiful photo too! Good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-22 1:00]

Very beautiful species, fine composition and lighting, beauty. tfs.

Hi Boet,
Never heard or seen this one before but I like what I see. The details and sharpness is excellent and I just love the beautiful different paterns in the plumage. It almost looks like it has striped socks on. Fantastic and thanks for sharing. Jy raak nou 'n boffin my boet!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-22 16:43]

Hello Carl,
Looks like you did a fine job of capturing this attractive little Double-banded Courser. It's camouflaged plumage would certainly make it hard for a predator to find when in grassy terrain.
Super sharp focus and wonderful exposure, especially since it looks like it was a very sunny day. Well done!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-23 5:31]

Hello Carl,
What a fine and elegant bird! So cute!! And I love the natural colors of your picture. What a most beautiful plumage shown with excellent sharpness. Trs beau!
Kind regards

Hi Carl, Fabulous capture of this fine bird my friend, good exposure/white balance and what lovely late afternoon lighting, splendid clarity with superb feather texture, great effort here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Carl,
A very good captured of this Double-banded coursers, excellent eye-contact, great details sharpness, lighting and colours are wonderful,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

A really lovely bird, with fine markings. Exceptional detail, good natural background and nice pose.
regards yiannis

Hallo Carl,
a very beautiful capture, superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours, low point of view and composition are excellent
Best regards

hello Carl
Yes this is also a very good picture with super sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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