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Burchell's Cougal

Burchell's Cougal
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-26 4:51
Viewed: 7711
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a repost of my original picture. Gerhard rightly pointed out that he would have cropped the picture on the left and that is exactly what I did, and I believe the picture to be better now.

Original note:
This picture was taken In the Kruger National Park, north of Satara rest camp. The picture is of a Burchell's Cougal (Centropus Burchelli) and the picture was taken late afternoon, at most about an hour before sunset. That is why the light is so soft and orange/yellowish.

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Great shot ! Sharpness, details and colors are awesome, so beautiful ! Excellent composition and POV too, and I like your BG. It is a very beautiful bird, I never saw it before, so well done and thanks for dharing !

Beautiful, i do like this version better, wonderful focus and love the warm tones
Thanks for posting :)

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-05-26 6:53]

Hello Jan,
This is a nice composition. I loved the soft warm tones and the pose of the bird.
Fine BG. set off the bird very well.
Good work.

Hi Jan,

Great shot.
Sharp, details, color are excellent.
Beautiful composition and light.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-26 7:14]

Hi Jan Hendrik,

I like the pose of this bird. Also the light and the colours are wonderful.
Great shot.


The rain-bird!
One of my fovourite african bird.
Great warms colors and amazing details, on the eye overall.

Hi Jan

Very nice shot. Excellent light, perfect BG with crisp, clear detail. Nice work. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-27 3:55]

Hi Jan Hendrik,
A new species for me, so thank you for the introduction.
An excellent capture of this gorgeous bird. Fantastic colors and sharp details in a perfect POV. The clean BG adds to the composition. Danke. : )


The Light here is great. It is the best time to get that soft light and makes shooting worthwhile. The Composition is great, with good POV, BG, and sharpness. TFS,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-28 20:57]

Bonjour Jan!

Félicitations pour l'éclairage,la netteté et le superbe oiseua.

Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-05-30 14:24]

I remember this one... :))
coz I also wrote smth on it...
by cropping it is much better now...
everything is great... :)

congratulations again Jan...

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-31 3:54]

Hi Jan-Hendrik,
What a beautiful bird, and a superb shot too. As you say in your note the light is soft and warm, as too the colours. Lovely detail, nice POV and good DOF. A great shot.

This is most excellent Jan!
Even the nearly centered compostion works well for this one IMO. No nits, not one :)
Wonderful job and a pleasure to view..

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-06-15 15:01]

Hi Jan Hendrik
Pragtige Wegkruipertjie! No nits on this one, the BG compliments Mr Duck-and -dive very well!
You even got light on the vent area, well done

Hi, Jan.
Nice bird. Very similiar to my white-browed coucal. Beautiful light. Good compo, pose and POV. Sharp, with nice BG.

Jan Hendrik,
Almost a studio like image. Moody one.
Great work!

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