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African Darter

African Darter
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 655 N: 3355] (14152)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2011-02-25
Categorías: Birds
Cámara: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposición: f/4, 1/400 segundos
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2011-06-28 1:10
Vista: 2816
Favoritos: 1 [Ver]
Puntos: 52
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The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), also known as the Snakebird, is an animal unique to sub-Saharan Africa. It is known for its very long neck and its unique swimming style. The African Darter gets the nickname "Snakebird" because it swims similar to the way a snake slithers. Its head is above water while swimming, which is a different style from many birds worldwide. The African Darter is typically found in tropical wetlands, and they spend a lot of time sitting beside bodies of water, particularly in areas where mangroves are prominent. The African Darter is fond of shallow, still waters and usually swims with its head above water. Unlike many birds, the feathers of the African Darter are not waterproof, and the bird must dry its feathers before taking flight. For the most part, these birds lead a sedentary lifestyle. These birds are fairly large, with a body size reaching close to 80 centimeters and weight close to 1400 grams. In imperial units, this is equal to roughly 30 inches or three pounds.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, Aperture priority mode and Evaluative metering system.

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great species. wonderful background and colors

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2011-06-28 1:34]

Hello George,
Fantastic photo of this African Darter in very beautiful light. Superb sharpness, details and DOF. Great blurred BG. Taken from the best possible POV in a very nice composition.

Hello George,
A superb image of the African Darter, impressive sharpness details, lovely background that makes the bird stands out very well and very nice eye-contact, well captured and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

The lighting and background are superb, and the composition excellent. regards yiannis

Hello George, spectacular picture clarity with this shot perfect. Great light too and you've captured the moment perticolare. All the best, paul

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-28 2:25]

Hello George,
An excellent capture of this different bird in splendid light and colors.Great sharpness and details.Very well done!...
Have a nice day!...

Hola George.
Magnifica composicion,gran riqueza de detalles y una profundidad de campo excelente los colores del ave son muy reales,felicitaciones

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6147 W: 89 N: 15271] (63916)
  • [2011-06-28 3:34]

Hi George,spectacular composition whit this magnificent pose and the grass on the right,very impressive quality of sharpness,colors and wonderfull light too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao George. Magnifcent light kissing the bird. Stunning details and sharp against the esciting BG.


Hallo George,
what a fantastic capture of the African Darter, superb sharpness and splendid bright colours, excellent from all aspect
Best regards

Ciao George, great capture of fantastic bird in nice pose on a lovely blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-28 5:25]

Hello George
Excellent work!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-28 6:58]

Fine image of this great Darter with fine pose, the grass blades actually add beauty to the image. tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 216 W: 1 N: 519] (5512)
  • [2011-06-28 8:01]

Una foto preciosa y majestuosa, con una pose preciosa del pájaro. La luz y la perspectiva la hacen excelente. Congratulation

What a bird!! Excellent photo George!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2011-06-28 8:26]

Hello George,
The lighting is just right to show up this African Darter and this was taken from an excellent POV in a fine pose that shows its features with top sharpness and natural colours. The composition with the solitary reed is pleasing too.
Great work George and TFS!
Best regards,

Dear friend George,
What a gorgeous pic! Great technique and amazing BG! Inviable sharpness and artistic POV.I love the contour of the bird against the BG.Wow! Really a masterpiece! Many congrats !!! TFS
Best wishes from,

amazing darter capture, TFS Ori

Hi George,
another interesting bird from Africa. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello George,
Truly a fantastic species of birds. Wonderful capture with amazing details and sharpness.
Perfect focus and exceptional low POV.
Impressive contrast against the background. A masterpiece George!
Thanks for sharing!

When I see your name I know the photo is going to be good! And I was right!Perfect lighting and composition. The plant in front of the bird balances the image. A winner!

Hello George

WOW ! a great close-up photo of the African Darter
with a very beautiful light, fine POV and framing,
great focus sharpness and details, great expressive
pose of the bird, wonderful bokeh of the background,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2011-06-30 9:54]

Hello George,
A stunning view of this elegant bird showing a perfect profile in beautiful light and against a very nice dark background. It makes a fine diagonal and I love the composition!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello George
What a beautiful pose and capture of this beautiful bird, fine details, light and color, good depth of field, a great capture. Well done!
Friendly Regards Hedesan

excellent light in this picture, outstanding details and very nice colors, the background put the subject in a very good position to read every detail on the bird, only one thing in my opinion miss in this picture, the choice for a vertical frame, which gives more free space upon the subject,

have a good day George,

ciao, tino

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2011-07-03 4:43]

Hello George,
Missed some of your beautiful shots during my absence. This one is a splendid one, just like a painting. So well composed with the grasses on the right and a perefct luminosity. Very, very well done!
Kind regards

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