ORNITHOgraphy [birds]

An ornithologist studies birds, but there is no clear job description for the profession. Many ornithologists do not work exclusively with birds. They may be ecologists, geneticists, wildlife biologists, land managers, teachers, researchers, outdoor educators, or just a PHOTOgrapher who loves birds.

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Ornithologists study every aspect of bird life. Some ornithologists look at how birds live in their environment, while others look at how the parts of birds work together to make a bird. Some ornithologists focus on how birds find food, while others focus on how birds digest food.

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Some ornithologists research changes in populations of birds across whole continents; others study changes in blood cells in an individual bird. Ornithologsts sometimes study how birds evolved and what their ancestors looked like, and still others study how birds are changing in today's environment and how they might be affected by ecological change in the future.

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I call a PHOTOgrapher who loves birds is an ORNITHOgrapher...
The following pictures was captured through Olympus ZD40-150mm f3.5/4.5 on E-5hundred dSLR unless otherwise specified.

Friday December 21st 2007
The weather was good, cloudy but no rain. Perfect for shooting birds in simulated/natural environment.

Friday Dec 21st 2007
My long vacations had just started. Yesterday was Aidil Adha. Had it no flood on east coast of peninsular Malaysia I would have been in Kelantan today and enjoying nature and wildlife photography along the way. However I changed my plan - went to the largest enclosed bird park on earth where I could find birds in almost their natural habitat...

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Sunday Nov 25th 2007
A common garden bird found on my backyard. It is "murai", a B&W coloured bird with dark background a real challenge to determine the correct exposure value
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Saturday Nov 24th 2007
It was around 7:30 to 8:45am - I went to the nearby park for a brisk walk with Olym E-500 digicam ready to capture migrating birds on 'transit' which I saw a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately all of them have flown south - only local birds remain.

The weather looks good but still lossa morning mist... here are some of my humble shots.
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Water pollution makes birds worry too...there are Immigrant squatters upstream. They dump everything in there!!
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These brightly coloured, long-tailed birds are some of the most spectacular parrots in the world. Macaws have been said to live for up to 100 years; however, an average of 50 years is probably more accurate. The larger macaws may live up to 65 years.
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They are found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, but are more numerous in the latter. Most flamingos are either white, pinkish-red or combination of white and pink feathers.The flamingo's characteristic pink colouring is caused by the Beta carotene in their diet.
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Just missed the popular heart-shape formation by the two flamingos. I'm sure if I stayed a bit longer I could have captured the beautiful moment. Flamingos frequently stand on one leg. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. One common theory is that tucking one leg beneath the body may conserve body heat, but this has not been proven.
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It is often suggested that this is done in part to keep the legs from getting wet, and in addition to conserving energy. In addition to standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.

Bangau oh bangau, kenapa....
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Ostrich is the largest living species of bird which has a long neck and legs - can run up to about 65 km/h. Probably the fastest bird running on land. Weighs around 100kg [sometimes up to 155 kg] The feathers of adult males are mostly brownish-black, with some white on the wings and tail. An Ostrich can live up to 75 years.

The ostriches inhabit landscapes such as desert, semi-desert, and grasslands where the terrain is open enough for speed to be an effective deterrent. Ostriches are herbivorous foragers and feed via ballistic pecking of leaves, flowers and seeds of a wide variety of plants.

Large-Wide body but peanut-size brain..It is often said that their eyes are larger than their brains... he..hee.
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Ostriches can be found across Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, and south as far as Tanzania with separate populations in Southern Africa. Ostriches are also now found extensively across the world on farms, where they are bred mainly for their feathers and meat.

The Emu is not an ostrich but the largest bird native to Australia. It is also the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its distant cousin, the ostrich- up to 2 m in height. Emu is uglier than ostrich. Emus feed on a variety of plants and insects.
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The emu has powerful eyesight and keen hearing. Emus are fast, running up to 30 mph (50 km/h) often in an erratic pattern to confuse pursuers. The feet have three toes and are extremely powerful easily capable of killing a human. In their native Australia, they live on open grassland and consequently in the past were persecuted by farmers.

Emus are very hardy and adaptable birds. They have no known diseases that are common to the species. They can thrive in environments ranging from the hot desert to 100 degrees below zero. Emus are also now farmed for their meat, however, this industry is not as widespread as ostrich farming.

NOTE: The emu is about 25% shorter than the ostrich and has three toes. The ostrich has only two (the only bird with two toes).

Peafowls are from Pheasants family, with peacock characterised by strong sexual dimorphism being highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Peacock are usually larger than peahens, and have longer and beautiful tails.
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Spectrum of visible colors under the shade.

Swans are catagorised as large water-birds just like geese and ducks. Swans usually mate for life.
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A lonely swan...[divorce does sometimes occur too].

Many of the cultural aspects refer to the Mute Swan of Europe. Perhaps the best known story about a swan is The Ugly Duckling fable. The story centers around a duckling who is mistreated until it becomes evident he is a swan and is accepted into the habitat. He was mistreated because real ducklings are, according to many, more attractive than a cygnet, yet cygnets become swans, which are very attractive creatures. Swans are often a symbol of love or fidelity because of their long-lasting monogamous relationships.

Other Birds
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