Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 12/04/2013


Photo taken on July  2, 2007


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Vulturine Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl
Ha, I took this photo on 2 July 2007! Came across it when I was doing a bit of tidying up on my hard drive, ready for the dreaded day when I have to get all the data transferred to a new computer. I ordered it late last night after completely stressing myself out and just hope that I chose the right things! Guess I'll find out, when it arrives and I try and put it together, lol. Will wait till the new year to get this transfer done. I was so thankful that I could get a machine with Windows 7 installed on it, not Windows 8. I just couldn't bring myself to delete this image, even though the bird's face was rather blurry and it had its nictitating membrane down over its eye. Finally tried cropping it today and it worked OK. I think these birds have such gorgeous feathers and it seemed such a shame to delete them. Photographed at the Calgary Zoo.

"The Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is the largest extant species of guineafowl. Systematically, it is only distantly related to other guineafowl genera. Its closest living relative, the White Breasted Guineafowl, Agelastes meleagrides inhabit primary forests in Central Africa. It is a member of the bird family Numididae, and is the only member of the genus Acryllium. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into northern Tanzania.

The Vulturine Guineafowl is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. This species' food is seeds and small invertebrates. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and will run rather than fly when alarmed. Despite the open habitat, it tends to keep to cover, and roosts in trees."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulturine_Guineafowl

www.arkive.org/vulturine-guineafowl/acryllium-vulturinum

LeapFrog, Cats 99, Meremail have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Meremail
Meremail
That is a wonderful show of feathers Anne.
PS I hope you bought a Mac.
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Meremail
Thanks, Jim - no, I kept with a PC. Too old to change to a whole new system : )
4 years ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
An unusual crop and what a spectacular result.
Condolences on the computer problem. Even with a Mac, I often think of the young nerds I taught, who went on to become programmers without the slightest concept of how the human mind works.
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Meadowmom
Thanks, Meadowmom - loved your comment : )
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Those indeed are very pretty feathers! I'm glad you made this photo work and didn't have to delete it!
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Stunning colous and details on the feathers Anne ... an outstanding shot of this ... beautiful feather design and a magnificent colourful bird ... an excellent piece of work ...

I dread the day I will have to replace my PC ... it is over 9 years old and is still running perfectly well ... my buddy had the same kind but replaced it a year ago ... nothing but problems, not with the computer ... the older attachments did not work in Windows 7 ... he worked weeks to find the SW to upgrade his printer, fax, etc, to work on Win 7 ... I will probably have to do the same or buy new attachments ... an yes, I hear Win 8 has many problems. I maybe be ready to buy when they announce Windows 45 ... LOL
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to LeapFrog
I know what you mean, Art! When I bought my present computer, the printers weren't compatible with my computer - not enough places to plug them into the back of my hard drive, for a start. I eventually had to buy a new printer/scanner, but my very ancient Laser printer (guessing 25-30 years old??) hasn't been used the last few years - don't need it now, anyway, as I barely print anything. When I researched WIndows 8, all I found were reviews and comments that definitely did not like WIndows 8. If only we could buy one of anything and have it last a lifetime - too much stress when things need to be replaced!
4 years ago.