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Old Mar 9, 2006, 12:55 AM   #1
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Hi everyone

I'm not showing this photo because of its quality, but rather because of the rareness of the bird. There are two areas where you can find them in South Africa and they always in dense forest. We happened to be hiking in one of the areas and a friend of mine who is an avid birder heard it calling and mimiced the call so it came to us and stayed long enough for three shoots. Sorry about the angle, but I don't think I'm ever going to get the chance to photograph this bird again.

(Btw - I know I could crop this closer, but the shot is already cropped. I didn't want to risk loosing any more quality)
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 4:19 AM   #2
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 8:21 AM   #3
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wow great colours and lighting I like it
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 2:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing a VERY cool and rare bird!
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Still a nice photo...
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 11:44 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone who commented. I must be honest, i didn't expect anyone to like this photo. This is one of those photos that if I didn't shoot in RAW, I would not have been able to rescue it.

If any of you have some time, do a search for the bird on the net and see what a beautiful bird it actually is. My picure does not show the blue colouring around its neck.
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Hey, John !! - Your mom will tell you thatyou had one nesting inyour back yard when you guys lived in Kwambonambi. Looking forward to June !??
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 5:15 PM   #8
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JakeTPegg wrote:
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Hey, John !! - Your mom will tell you that you had one nesting in your back yard when you guys lived in Kwambonambi. Looking forward to June !??
It's as good a shot as you can get from that position. Personally, I've photographed two endangered species.

First of course are my 3459 shots of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, which by my well doumented photographic evidence varies in looks quite a bit. Sometimes appearing like a Starling while at other times, much like a House Sparrow.

But I also took some pictures of a bird called the Piping Plover, which is near extinction as a New York native, while it's rare in some other portions of the country.

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Old Mar 15, 2006, 12:18 AM   #9
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Thanks Jake, definately can't wait for June. Wish you were coming a couple days before the wedding so I could take you to a few spots, but I suppose I'll be a bit pre-occupied. It blows my mind to think of the bird shots my parents could have gotten while they lived in Kwambonambi.

Thanks Dave, I was thinking on this day, if I had the knowledge and bird watching skills(like the abillity to call them) that my mate has, my bird photography would improve ten fold. He was the one that called this bird and ID'd it as well.
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Good one John. Also see you in June!
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