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Acryllium vulturinum

Acryllium vulturinum
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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: 2006-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 9:00
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Update (Nigel thank you again!)
The Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is the largest and most spectacular of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and is the only member of the genus Acryllium. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into northern Tanzania.

It breeds in dry and open habitats with scattered bushes and trees, such as savannah or grassland. It lays its usually 4-8 cream-coloured eggs in a well-hidden grass-lined scrape.

Vulturine Guineafowl is a large (61-71cm) bird with a round body and small head. It is longer in the neck, legs and tail than other guineafowl. The adult has a bare blue face and black neck, and although all other guineafowl have unfeathered heads, this species looks particularly like a vulture because of the long heads and neck.

The slim neck projects from a cape of long, glossy, blue and white hackles. The breast is cobalt blue, and the rest of the body plumage is black, finely spangled with white. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is also short.

The sexes are similar, although the female is usually slightly smaller than the male. Young birds are mainly grey-brown, with a duller blue breast and short hackles.

Vulturine Guineafowl is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. This species' food is seeds and small invertebrates. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and will run rather than fly when alarmed. Despite the open habitat, it tends to keep to cover, and roosts in trees. It makes loud chink-chink-chink-chink-chink calls.

Don't know the specs.

The Galliformes is an order of birds containing the turkeys, grouse, quails and pheasants. About 256 species are found worldwide.

These birds vary in size from the diminutive Asian Rain Quails (Excalfactoria chinensis) at 12.5 cm long and weighing 28 to 40 g to the largest extant Galliform species, is the North American Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), wild specimens of which may weigh as much as 14 kilograms (about 30 pounds) and may exceed 120 cm.

The Galliform bird species with the largest wing-span is most likely the Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus). Most Galliform genera are large in body with thick necks and moderately long legs and with rounded wings. Grouse, pheasants, francolins and partridges are typical in their outwardly corpulent silhouettes.

exif display
no tripod, handheld

PP in CS2
Resized a bit too much
A bit noise generated through pp workflow

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Aahh.. the charming visage of the Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum! Another nice addition to your expanding gallery of galliform close-ups. Tricky exposure, but just right.
Regards, Nigel.

WOW. Beautifull portrait of this vulture. Great details and DOF. The background color fits really well with the colors of the bird. TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-09 9:36]

Hi Annick

Another superb and impressive portrait!
What an interesting looking bird! Not something you see all day - every day ;)
Excelletn POV and i really like the shallow DOF. Lovely colors and BG, very well framed and composed.
Those faded feathers on the neck look really cool ;)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Annick,
So I guess that you are feeling better because is bird is very sharp, lol :) What a great portrait with excellent DOF! I like the fact that only it's face is focused. This is a great and very interesting portait with an excellent composition :) Well done mf!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-09 10:27]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful portrait,lighting is amazing.I liked POV,exprssion on face,clear eyes and composition also a lot.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-10-09 10:38]

Hi Annick
what an aristocratic face :)
perfect DOF and POV, fantastic colours and sharpness.
well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-09 10:45]

Hi Annick,

A great close up from this ugly looking fellow,very sharp and detailed,the brownish BG contrasts very well with this composition,well done and TFS


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-10-09 10:46]

Comme il a l'air hautain !
Bonne journée.

this is a real lady, just lidding, thanks, Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-09 12:33]

Hi Annick.
You have shared a very funny and unique shot. I hope you have captured this bird only :-). Excellent details and sharpness of the head. Great BG with it amazing deepness and clear paints. The pose of the bird is perfect. Your shot is composed very well too. Great portrait.
My best regards and TFS,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-09 13:47]

Hallo Annick, Een prachtig portret mooie kleuren details pov pose bg , heel mooi ,en framing ,Groeten Teunie .

A wonderfully captured portrait Annick,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-09 14:02]

Great bird! Lovely sharp shot and wonderful light. Great BG, POV and colours



Hi Annick,
The first thing I think about when looking at this image is an old lady with loads of make up...
This portrait is truly amazing, so great details and colours. -very consistent with the quality of the other images in your gallery.
TFS - Shir

Great portrait shot Annick, great sharpness, details and framing, well captured too. Great colours an very nice bg. This is a great compositon. Thank you for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-09 19:04]

Hi Annick,

Another fantastic portrait! That eye with the eyelashes is an outstanding detail.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-10 3:30]

A fascinating bird, Annick.
A great close-up with wonderful details and exposure.
Excellent DOF.
Nature never ceases to amaze.
TFS. : )

This is a greatr shot Annick, but your model is rather ugly. I like how you have isolated this charachters head for the BG. Good quality work. TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-10 13:12]

Hello Annick,
what a wondeful collection of birds you have in your portfolio. This one in particular looks like quite the character, looks like a snobby professor ;-). Very nice portrait with excellent details.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-11 11:38]

Increíble agudeza en este primer plano con excelente OOF y perfecto fondo Annick.
No se puede hablar de la belleza del ave, pero tu captura lo beneficia, sin dudas.
Excelente encuadre y elección del recorte con atinado DOF bien ajustado y al igual que el control de la luz.
Bien hecho... gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

Incredible sharpness in this close up with excellent OOF and perfect bottom Annick.
One cannot speak of the beauty of the bird, but your capture it he benefits, without doubts.
Excellent framing and election of the cutting with accurate DOF very adjusted and the same as the control of the light. Well done... thank you for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-22 10:33]

Hello Annick,

I must say that this individual looks quite devilish. More like a living dead and not a normal bird.
Very nice details, perfect exposure an nice light from above.
Best greetings,

Hello Annick.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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