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casuaris casuaris

casuaris casuaris
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animal Portraits II, vanderschelden's birds, Funny Faces, !Masks, !Unusual Colours, Unusual critters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-30 17:06
Viewed: 15630
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cassowaries (genus Casuarius) are very large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. Some nearby islands also have small cassowary populations, but it is not known if these are natural or the result of the New Guinea trade in young birds. They are frugivorous; fallen fruit and fruit on low branches is the mainstay of their diet. They also eat fungi, snails, insects, frogs, snakes and other small animals. Recently, they have also been spotted to attack humans, though this usually only occurs in self-defense when humans intrude upon the birds' territory or cause them to feel threatened.

Cassowaries (from the Indonesian name kasuari) are part of the ratite group, which also includes the emu, rhea, ostrich, moa, and kiwi. There are three species:
Southern Cassowary or double-wattled cassowary C. casuarius of Australia and New Guinea.
Dwarf Cassowary C. bennetti of New Guinea and New Britain.
Northern Cassowary C. unappendiculatus of New Guinea.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-08-30 17:08]

uffffffff impresionante color y dof, genial. Saludos

This is a really wonderfull photo.
My compliments.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2006-08-30 17:22]

Hello Annick

strong portrait with perfect sharpness and colours , striking photo



I'm sure you painted it. just kidding, Ori

Hi Annick
Nicely captured.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-30 18:28]
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Hi Annick, great shot. looks a bit like an alien. Fantastic colours and details. well done and TFS.

Lovely shot! You've captured this Cassowary brilliantly, focus/DOF are good, and the colours are amazing. About the only thing I'm less keen on is the noise in the background - I'd consider running something like NeatImage over it to reduce it. Anyway, a great image :D

P.S. I've posted a Workshop for you which I hope you'll find useful!

Hi Annick,

An outstanding portrait of that colourful bird. One of the nicest bird portrait i've seen recently. Perfect POV, adapted DOF.
Well seen and well done, indeed.
TFS. One more for my favourites ;o)


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-30 20:55]

Bonjour Annick!

Bonne prise,l'oiseau est superbe et hallucinant.

Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • jepc Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 8] (132)
  • [2006-08-30 22:13]

Olá Annick,

Fantásticas cores e detalhes!Foco perfeito, especialmente nos olhos!
João Eduardo

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-31 1:27]

Wooooooow ! What an incredible bird that you have very well captured ! he comes from Jurasic Park ;-) Colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are great. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Annick and thanks for sharing this superb portrait.

Amazing,... hardly see birdy like this one. Too colorful indeed. TFS

Surprenant. Très pratique pour régler son appareil. Merci et chapeau

Hi Annick,
This bird is almost unreal! It is like you have heavily processed it in PP (I know that you didn't) but those colors are so impressive! I never saw this kind of bird before... I can not say if I think he is nice or not :) The only thing that I'm sure about is that I wouldn't be attacked by him; what a nightmare... This is a great portrait with a little bit of noise. If I knew the ISO settings I could have done a WS to remove it
but AdrianW was kind enough to give you the link to Neat Image that is very useful! Great catch and congratulations!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-31 7:55]

Hi Annick,
A really rare and beautiful bird! Lovely colors, pose, composition, pov and face.
TFS, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-31 8:29]
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Impresionante primer plano Annick de esta ave casi de caricaturas.
Colores vívidos y buen POV, con adecuado encuadre.
El foco parece centrado en la mirada, pero no es parejo en todo el animal.
Existe un ligero ruido en el fondo de la imagen... lamentablemente no has informado los valores de la cámara.
TFS y saludos... Ricardo

Impressive close up Annick of this bird almost of cartoons.
Vivid colors and good POV, with appropriate framing.
The focus is centered in the glance, but it is not even in the whole animal.
A slight noise exists in the bottom of the image... regrettably you have not informed the values of the camera.
TFS and greetings... Ricardo

  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-31 16:19]

Hi Annick,

Strong expression and magnificent colors in this cassowaries.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-01 13:58]

Very impressive shot Annick, Striking colors, good tight crop and excellent exposure. Well done and thanks !


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-03 9:29]

Hi Annick
You can think someone have paintid this bird. Great colourful bird portrait shot. Good sharpnes, details, light, colours, BG, DOF and POV.
Well done Annick


Hi Annick,
What a fantastic celebration of colour in nature - absolutely perfect. This bird is so beautiful
Excellent capture, superb composition, crystal clear detail and colours.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Wow! A beautiful but prehistoric looking bird. This Cassowary is just so unique looking, the colours are amazing on this guy. I love to see new and learn about new species on TN. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hello Annick,

WOW! What a colorful bird. And what a look!!! He looks like a clown! Excellent composition and pov. The only thing is that there is some noise in bg and that the colors looks a little bit too saturated (maybe not???). Great job and TFS,


Probably the strangest bird I've ever seen!
Colorful like a Lorikeet but twice as ugly as a vulture. It's strange how mother nature works. I keep scrolling back up to see the pic.....incredible!

Awsome colours and a great pose fine detail congrats.

THis is a splendid portrait!
It`s like looking into the eyes of a dinosaur.
Very nice POV, great colors and details!

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  • tabora (6)
  • [2006-10-11 14:32]

Bonjour Annick,
Il est vraiment superbe,les couleurs sont éclatantes et lumineuses.
La lumière te les contrastes sont extras.
Amitiés Joseph

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-12 15:15]

Wow tad sharp results and details :)
looks like such an interesting subject, this is the first time I've seen this bird,
thanks for sharing :)
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-10-12 15:26]

Hi Annick!
I don't know if this is amazing or frightening to me, but great portrait with explosive vivid colors and very good details, really war colors!

This is such a weird looking bird! Thank god they don'f fly or it would be very disturbing and scary to watch them in mid air and flying down to land!
Attack humans? Gee who woulda thought!
Your colors are so vibrant! U almost make the bird look good! The photo in itself is great.

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  • fryz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 2 N: 3] (120)
  • [2006-10-25 8:24]

ahhhhh ouf j'ai eu peur!!!
un extraterrestre
a+ Annick

Quelle couleur incroyable et quelle nettete : impressionnant

This cassowarie has amazing colours a great shot


Hi Annick,
Thats one crazy looking bird you have captured. Love the strong colour and full on eye contact.

Hi Annick,
Amazing shot! I really like the colours and the details of the photograph. A little bit scary face... ;-)
Very well done Annick.

WOW. That is the word both my husband and I uttered upon seeing this shot. What gorgeous detail and color. You've composed it tightly and captured even the bird's direct gaze. This is just...marvelous. Your note was excellent, too.

What a beautiful colors and impresionant pov...
This is a living dinosaur, right ?

Hello Annick.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

c'est vraiment l'oiseau le plus coloré que j'ai vu !
Bravo Annick pour cette netteté dans les ombres et les couleurs
Merci pour ce partage

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  • fegovi (46)
  • [2007-10-03 9:43]

Una foto impresionante. La naturaleza, a veces hace cosas rarisimas...

This is magic! The look you got, fullcoloured.Thanks, CarOze

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-23 0:56]

like a prehistoric bird! great portrait and very colorful image! tfs

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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2009-01-29 10:38]

Hi Annick! How's it going?


I finally got to critique-ing this particular one. What a remarkable bird. Besides perhaps the bokeh which may look slightly noisy, still a Good portrait.

Further an - Impeckable - Gallery, very impressive. Highly professional. Nothing but praise here. Well done, Bravo!

Best regards,


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  • nicky2 (0)
  • [2011-01-28 18:12]

Pretty bird.

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