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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Tahuna Torea Bird Santuary, Auckland, NZ
Date: Jan 15, 2005
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2005

Pukeko - Native New Zealand Bird (this one, unlike the Kiwi, can even fly! :) Well, sort of...

"In places where there is plenty of cover, Pukeko prefer to run or swim to safety but in more open spaces they do fly for short distances. Their take off is labored and they are awkward flyers, flying with feet dangling and often crash landing into a tree or scrub."

This photo was my crissy present, taken Christmas Day, 2004.

(The DPC Submit Photo page can't cope with the "special rules" allowing this entry exposure to be any time in 2004, hence the in accurate date for the entry.)

POST: Size for DPC. Nuttin else.

Place: 453 out of 530
Avg (all users): 4.8930
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.8619
Avg (non-participants): 4.9885
Views since voting: 835
Views during voting: 510
Votes: 355
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2005 01:59:35 AM
Good focus within shallow DOF, interesting splash of color in an otherwise rather monochome scene.
01/25/2005 02:33:12 PM
this is a fun image. i love how the background sort of mimics the colors normally associated with the peafowl's plummage. nice expression and composition. good luck with this, and all the challenges yet to come!
01/24/2005 07:36:02 PM
Nice composition and colors. Bumping this up one.
01/24/2005 02:22:01 AM
Heheh, an amusing critter for sure. I like the simplistic nature of this image.
01/20/2005 12:26:14 PM
Very sharp focus! I also like the use of thirds in where the bird is standing, AND the different colors of the vegatation. How'd you get him/her to look right at you???
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01/18/2005 12:46:40 PM
cute 5
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01/18/2005 11:25:06 AM
Great textures.
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01/16/2005 08:07:06 AM
IMO the bird seems to be too much in the shadow. The blue seems to be muted like you were taking a picture of the field and the bird just happened to be there. And the dead space seems too busy. My eyes tend to follow the grass rather than the subject. I do like the focus of the bird and the DOF in this shot. Gave it a 6.

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