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Sharing a joke

Sharing a joke
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): posts with a difference, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-20 8:44
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2 Umbrella Cockatoos enjoying themselves at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Norfolk. I was shooting them for a few minutes as one was preening the other. They seemed extremely attached to one another. I was lucky enough to get this shot as well as a few other good ones. I like this one as it looks like one is laughing, hence my title, but I expect he/she is just enjoying the attention.

Information about the shooting conditions:
Mid-day. Sunny but partial shade in the enclosure.
Tripod used as a monopod.
Shooting through wire fence.
PP:Convert from RAW mode. Slight high-pass sharpen.

General information about the species:


Cacatua alba
The Umbrella Cockatoo is also known as the White Cockatoo, the Great White Cockatoo, and the White-Crested Cockatoo.


The Umbrella Cockatoo is a pure white, medium-sized cockatoo. Its plumage is completely white except for a distinct yellow coloration on the underwings and at the base of the tail. They are the only large cockatoo species with an entirely white crest. Their crest is normally flat on their head. It is raised with alarm, which may include excitement, curiosity and/or fear. The have a rounded, umbrella-shaped crest when raised, thus giving them their name.

The beak is grayish-black, and like all parrots, is large, curved and very powerful. Male Umbrella Cockatoos tend to have dark brown almost black eyes, whereas the females tend to have more reddish eyes. Both sexes have a pale bluish-white eyering. The legs are a dark gray.


Umbrella Cockatoos are found in Indonesia, in the Moluccan Islands of Batjan, Halmahera, Obi, Ternate and Tidor.


Umbrella Cockatoos typically live in forests and around farmland. They sometimes prefer secondary growth forests and tend to spend a lot of time in the forest canopy.


Seeds, fruits, nuts and berries. They use their large, powerful beaks to crack open seeds and nuts. They tend to feed in the tops of large trees, but will occasionally forage in a lower story of the forest to be less conspicuous to predators.


Umbrella Cockatoos usually choose the hollow of a tall tree to lay their eggs. They usually lay small clutches of 1-2 eggs. They are thought to nest in April and have an incubation period of about 30 days. The male and female take turns sitting on the eggs; and, once hatched, the young may remain in the nest for as long as 2-3 months.


Like all parrots, Umbrella Cockatoos live in flocks and are extremely social birds. At night, they often gather in groups of 50 or more birds and roost for the night in large trees.

They have a loud, grating screech or scream and may hiss when alarmed. Umbrella Cockatoos are not well known for their exceptional ability to “talk” or mimic sounds, but some may develop quite a vocabulary.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2006-10-20 8:50]

Good NOTE and I try to listen these voice as they say please..let me..no..no..

A very good shot Andy.You controlled the whites very well here.
Great title and note too.
Excellent work.

Hello Andy,
lovely shot of these two cockatoos.
Nice sharpness and good light on the birds´ body. Nice background.
Regards, Fabian

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-20 9:18]

Hello Andy,
Funny capture.I liked pose of cockatoos,details on white feathers,simple BG,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

So lovely, so detail, nice compo. Well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-20 10:17]

:))))))))))Oh that's really a good joke!:))))))))
Excellent capture, Andy!
Truely great timing here, above everything else! My hat's of to you!
Also great POV, excellent sharpness and lovely colros and light. Very well frmed and composed.
It's pictures like this that get us out of the daily routine :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Andy,
This is such a lovely capture - makes me sit infront of the computer with a big smile!
I like the image a lot. One thing I was wondering - there are some lines in the BG on the lower left corner, any idea of the cause? Is it the bokeh of the lens?
TFS - Shir

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-20 13:09]

So cute and lovely shot so good in pov and a very fine details and colours well taken shot ,good job ,greetings teunie .

Hello Andy,
Lovely picture! It's very cute, very interesting and very well taken. The exposure is excellent as well as details.
I like it a lot!

Hello Andy

Execlent work of your photograhy here. TFS

Many adorable bird couples today on treknature. I want to know the joke. There is nothing about it in a note :-)
Best wishes

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-20 17:56]

Primorosa escena Andy con buen control de la luz, mostrando suaves detalles en el plumaje blanco.
Me agrada el POV y recorte elegidos, con buen OOF sobre el fondo.
Excelente título que resume la divertida presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Dainty scene Andy with good control of the light, showing soft details in the white plumage.
I like chosen POV and cutting, with good OOF on the bottom.
Excellent title that resumes the amusing presentation.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-20 18:45]

Hi Andy,

Superb capture, nicely presented composition of a great pose of the two Cockatoo's preening, the nice sharpness shows off the Feathers perfectly and the colours are excellent. Looks like a good Joke.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Andy,
What a great capture! They really seem like laughing actually and I think this is really cute! You caught them in a very nice moment. I also like those details in their white feathers, POV and composition. This is really well done :) Thanks,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-21 12:31]

ha ha must by funny.
You had a great POV and timing! It is always a pleasure to look at this beautiful specie.

This is great Andy.
An excellent composition and interaction captured here.
Photo quality looks very good, as well as the exposure, sharpness, plumage detail, etc, etc, :)
Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-24 17:16]

Hi Andy,

You know I love this picture. It's not only very cute, is also very well executed; perfectly exposed and very well focused. The details are clear and composition is fantastic. So are DOF and POV. The pose of the birds is of course priceless. I think this picture belongs to the very best you took so far and you should be very proud of it. I read your new intro and I know you long for constructive critiques, but I just can't find anything negative to say about this one. A great note aswell. I don't mind the fine lines in the left corner at all.


Cockatoos having a great time...
It is a great image.
No critiques.

Hi Andy

A delightful shot of this jovial pair. Exposure is spot on! The details of the white plumage are clearly seen. Awesome shot with perfect title. Thank you!

Love your attitude to critiques; saw your profile.
Re: this register. Have faved. it.
Excellent notes, done with meticulas care,& in detail.
The focusing is PERFECT. The contrasts of colours & its balance are VERY GOOD.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-03 19:52]

What a great capture! I like the border you chose to use with this, I think it really helps draw you in to the picture. I also like how the background is blurred completely, so there are no distractions. But, my favorite part has to be the title you chose to go along with the photograph. If you ever place this photo somewhere for sale, I really think you should make sure that this title goes along with it. The expressions on the cockatoos face are truly priceless and fit perfectly with what you chose. I love it!
TFS Steph

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