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African Hoopoe
African Hoopoe
sulamk


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Canon
Location: South Africa
Date: Jan 2, 2009
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2009

Viewed: 438
Comments: 22
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He is a ground feeder, probing in the soil with his long beak for insects & is found through out South Africa. The crest is raised when landing and if alarmed.
this one's crest is up because he had just landed.
I only have a 70-300 lens and sharpness might be an issue more often I do use a monopod as tripods are not really viable for wild birds in the bush,

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05/20/2009 10:51:38 PM
Hi,
Thanks for this very interesting bird to all of us on the other side of the pond, as we say. You probably had to shoot quickly, but if not, I agree about the tighter crop and sharper focus. He is so interesting that the grass gives interest but should still be "blurred" out a little.
But hey thanks again for letting us see this amazing bird!
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01/25/2009 01:14:16 AM
An interesting bird...we don't see them here.
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01/11/2009 03:25:45 AM
Colorful bird. It's nice to see him standing in the grass.
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01/10/2009 12:43:47 PM
Fascinating bird! You might have better luck with sharpness and isolating the bird with a smaller aperture & perhaps aperture priority mode. Still, a fun capture. Thanks!
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01/09/2009 01:22:24 PM
That's one wild looking bird. Love it!!
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01/06/2009 11:10:02 PM
That is one crazy looking bird! Thanks for sharing.
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01/05/2009 04:30:32 PM
Nice looking bird. I wish you could have used more shallow DOF so that bird features are visible better. Also, focus doesn't seems to be there on the bird's eye.
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01/04/2009 04:32:14 PM
I take it you alarmed the poor gent. :-) A very intriguing looking bird - and I'm really looking forward to your series as an educational experience as well as for the photography!
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01/04/2009 03:40:11 PM
Beautiful image. Suggest a bit more sharpness and tighter crop. Thank you for the background info on the Hoopoo, never heard of them.
cheers,
JKH
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01/04/2009 10:27:59 AM
What an interesting looking critter!
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01/04/2009 08:51:15 AM
I, too, have never seen or heard of this bird! Did you shoot this on a tripod? It seems to be lacking a little in sharpness. I look forward to more of your shots.
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01/04/2009 02:12:44 AM
PAW (for my 2009 goal counting purposes) - I have never seen or heard about a Hoopoo before. Interesting bird. I'd like to see it cropped closer to the bird to get more detail. I'm looking forward to seeing more South African birds.
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01/03/2009 11:54:42 PM
That is VERY cool! Thanks for the "scoop" on him. I have never seen a bird like that. I love it that by your description, he must be alarmed, but not so that he flew off. Great job!

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01/03/2009 08:52:26 PM
Cool looking bird love seeing new things thanks

Message edited by author 2009-01-03 20:53:01.
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01/03/2009 07:42:19 PM
Beautiful! You've shown me something completely new.
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01/03/2009 04:01:04 PM
What a cool bird! Nicely caught, too.
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01/03/2009 03:00:35 PM
What a unique looking bird! I've certainly never seen anything like it before. Thanks for sharing!
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01/03/2009 02:45:24 PM
What a wild looking bird! I have never heard of this one before, nor seen any photos of one. Thanks for sharing.
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01/03/2009 12:21:13 PM
That's a bird I've never seen outside the zoo! Cool capture.
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01/03/2009 10:27:27 AM
You have a great theme and this is an interesting find. I enjoy reading the photographers notes too :)
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01/03/2009 09:09:19 AM
That is a cool looking bird!
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01/03/2009 08:20:20 AM
Well done - nothing like a global medium to widen our horizons. Wouldn't have seen a lot of African Hoopoos without your help :)
You may be a thought short of ding-dong sharpness on this, but you got the shot and a great 'character portrayal' of the bird in its natural surroundings.
I'm looking forward to the series.
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