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Old Nov 4, 2004, 3:57 PM   #1
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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Yellowthroated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus)

Canon 10D 100-400mmIS @ 400mm 1/500s F8 200ISO

Pity the insect that ends up in those claws.
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Old Nov 4, 2004, 6:39 PM   #2
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certainly very long claws:!:
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 7:41 AM   #3
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I'm having a hard time with the perspective. How long is the body (not including the tail)?

Nicey done. I've certainly neve seen a bird like that before.

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Old Nov 5, 2004, 11:50 AM   #4
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Hi Eric

Looking at the pic again I see what you mean, looks larger than life.

They are in the family Motacillidae - Wagtails, pipits, longclaws.

Total length:20cm Wing:10cm Tail:8cm Weight:55gram


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Because I am single, self employed and aprogrammer the US consulate turned down my application for a visa today on the grounds that I don't have any motivation to return to South Africa. They didn't want to understand that I would not leave permanently, even if they paid me. To manyspecies on my to see liststill, never mind trying to get decent photos.
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That is a very different (from North American species') bird! Longclaw is a good description and the legs are also quite long for the size of the bird! Nice capture.

Sorry to hear about your inability to get a visa to visit the US. Does persistence pay off? IOTW, can you reapply? Perhaps you can arrange a marriage of convenience...
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Every appointment costs $100. I suggested your idea of a convenience marriage to a US girl to my girlfriend. She's in Seattle on secondment for six months at the moment. Needless to say she didn't fancy the idea:evil: I thought it was a god plan though, could always have it annulled in Las Vegas :-)

Now if I can just get her to stop crying :sad:

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Old Nov 9, 2004, 12:52 AM   #7
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Great photograph, nice and sharp, unique pose; long legs almost become part of the branch; an even more superb photo this would have been had the sky offered a bit more color. I've been getting drab grey skies like that myself here lately and it sure is nice when some color hits the skywaves.
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