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Black Beauty

March 21st, 2010

The African Black Oystercatcher is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. Sadly, there are currently less than 9,000 adult birds of this species, so it is highly endangered. However, it is easy to spot along the coasts of South Africa.

I was lucky to get so close to an adult couple and took quite a few shots of them in De Hoop Nature Reserve. This shot is my favourite. I simply love the contrast between the red of the bill and eye, the black of the plumage and the blue of the ocean.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 100, 1/800 sec., 200mm, f/6.3. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Frostmint
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Ok, so great picture, not so great desktop. I'm sorry. However, it was voted in so I guess it's just my personal preference. Art is not objective :)
Posted By: Jimbo
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Nice picture, definitely not the usual wallpaper in the Loupe but it is a very interesting shot nonetheless.
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 14 years, 2 months ago
It's nice IFL is letting some variety come to the front page. Love the shot.
Posted By: ilovemyking
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I must agree with Frostmist since I haven't changed my wallpaper, but it's a great shot, I admire it. Thanks for sharing! :)
Posted By: ilovemyking
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Update: I gave in and changed my wallpaper. :P

Haha good job.
Posted By: Farscape
about 14 years, 2 months ago
For some reason this made me laugh not at it but with it .. that's a good thing BTW hes an adorable little chap
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Great photo..yes, maybe it's not a great desktop, but i'm happy this made it!
Posted By: QuaffAPint
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Fun shot. Thanks for posting the details about the photo, it always makes it much more interesting :-).
Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 14 years, 2 months ago
It's nice to see some variety. Good job.
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 2 months ago
This bird has character—that's what makes this shot. Leon, your the man of the hour!
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I bet this dude gets all of the ladies. What an eye!
Posted By: NateFox
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Posted By: jmcguckin
about 14 years, 2 months ago
very nice photo, not really my preference as far as wallpapers go, but still a great shot... good work!
Posted By: ryan92084
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I think its a great wallpaper, it's like the bird is looking at my icons asking " do you really need that there?" maybe i'm crazy
Posted By: pilot
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Finally some animal picture that has the quality to be set as wallpaper. Excellent managed image composition (golden ratio) and fine details. Colours and depth of field are well-considered.
After all we always have the choice - take it or leave it.
And I'll take it. :-)
Posted By: Front_Runner25
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Great shot. I really hope, we keep voting for some of the more interesting shots and not just great wallpaper pics. Really guys, this website is better than that. Leon_J you're dominating the line up these days. Keep voting the interesting shots everyone, enjoying it.

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