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African Darter Preening

African Darter Preening
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Copyright: Deon Serfontein (deons) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 550D Digital, Canon 400 mm 5.6 L
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-19 21:40
Viewed: 2958
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), also known as the Snakebird, is an animal unique to sub-Saharan Africa. It is known for its very long neck and its unique swimming style. The African Darter gets the nickname "Snakebird" because it swims similar to the way a snake slithers. Its head is above water while swimming.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-19 21:57]

Hello Deon,
I have heard of these birds before, but must admit I have never seen one in the wild. I believe they have a type of this kind of bird in Florida.
You have done a great job of capturing it's image for all to enjoy viewing. Looks like this particular fellow is drying out his wings before taking another plunge into the water.

Beautiful bird and great photo Deon! Wonderful pose, excellent composition, fantastic lighting and impressive sharpness.

Great pose, tfs Ori

Hi Deon,
beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-20 3:06]

HI Deon,spectacular capture whit this magnificent wings position,perfect quality of details,colors and exposure,very original and very well done!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Deon.
Bella immagine di Cormorano con notevoli dettagli ed un’eccellente nitidezza,belli i colori naturali,ottima composizione molto bella.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Deon

You shot the photo at the perfect pose time
with the African Darter in plumage preening,
with fine POV at its level, superbly focused,
great sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-21 1:26]

Hello Deon,
Very nice photo of this African Darter in an attractive pose. Good sharpness and excellent timing.

Hi Deon
Very exciting capture, he is very agile. I like the reflection off the wings it helps to show off his plumage. Looking at this photo very thing looks great. The composition, POV, DOV and sharpness. Super job
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-03-21 18:11]

Hi Deon,

Beautiful shot of the darter with it wing wide spread showing nice detail of the plumage. Though looking from behind, but with its head turned to preen it feather, the face is clearly visible. Very good shot. Thanks.


Hello Deon,
This is a very nice photo. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
I had the privilage to photograph a African darter in the Breede river near Robertson last week catching a fish and will place the photo soon.
Kind regards

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