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Southern Screamer

Southern Screamer
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-26 6:24
Viewed: 1589
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I made photos of this remarkable bird in the wild in the Pantanal, but could not resist the temptation to make a portrait of this beauty in the bird park.

The Crested Screamer (Chauna torquata), more commonly called the Southern Screamer, belongs to the Order of Anseriformes. This bird is found in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Its diet consists of plants stems, seeds, leaves, and, rarely, small animals. It is about 80 cm. long and lives in swamps, estuaries and pool coasts.

The Crested Screamer is a good swimmer but prefers to move on the ground. The bony spurs on their wings are used for protection against rival screamers and other enemies. Although it is non-migratory, it is an excellent flier. They are normally seen in pairs but sometimes gather in large groups if there is a food in one place.

It establishes monogamous relationships that last a lifetime. Its lifespan is estimated to be 15 years. For the nest the couple makes a big platform of reeds, straws and other aquatic plants, in inaccessible places. The female lays between two and seven white eggs. Incubation takes 43 to 46 days and the couple take turns during this period. The chicks leave the nest as soon as they break the eggshell but the parents take care of them for several weeks. The fledging period takes 8 to 14 weeks.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Very nice portrait of this rare bird, useful information too, excellent clarity, very nice details, beautiful colors, nice POV. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice WE.



Hello Peter- Very serious looking bird! I haven't seen (most probably) this species here in TN. Well captured with very good BG. Details are splendid with catching light on eye. Like this picture. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-26 6:48]

Hi Peter,i understand what you think,in effect is a great opportunity to meet again this bird,but so close in the bird park,and the result is a great spectacle,magnificent portrait showing us the best detail of this unique and incredible specie,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Deze is wel heel erg goed ,zo dichtbij je ziet alles
mooie veren en prachtige kleuren
Super scherp
bedankt weer
gr lou

Another BEAUTIFUL image!!!
Hello Peter,
Have come across this species on the Amazon River.
Great notes.
I zoomed tightly and I can discern "someone" with a camera ... GREAT EYE CONTACT!!!
Regards from Mario.

Hello Peter,
Magnificent portrait with excellent details. The are amazing...... Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo. Excellent contrast against the blurry background.

Ciao Peter, great portrait of beautiful bird, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-09-26 14:32]

Love that face, Peter!
What a thrill it must have been to see this in the wild!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-09-26 23:41]

Impressive bied. Excellent portrait.

Have a pleasant weekend, Peter


FANTASTIC head shot with excellent expression in the face with great details.

Another great portrait from you MF Peter! Razor details impressive focused eyes against the blurred BG.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-09-29 4:53]

Hello Peter,
Yoiu did well taking the portrait of this special bird. It has an interesting look, I would say even something human in its expression. Beautiful picture with fine colors and ideal sharpness.
Take care

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:26]

Hi Peter,
Another very nice portrait of a beautiful and interesting bird.
Amazing colours and sharpness details with nice blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-09-29 10:13]

Hallo Peter,
An excellent capture ..
Very nice presentation of this Southern Screamer portrait in good sharpness, details and fine natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-09-30 9:17]

Uauhh! Great picture of this bird. Very, very good. Congratulation.

Hi Peter,
I hope you just temporarily disappeared from TrekNature and you'll return soon to share as magic bird photos as this one. Probably, in very small areas, on and below the beak, a little overexposed, but an excellent portrait of this South American goose-alike overall. Great work, congratulations!
Best regards from Ireland, László

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