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21st June, at Sellinari Gorge the hen has stood over her single egg for 50 days, never leaving it, and at midday she stand like a cormorant with wings outstretched to shield it from the sun. The male flies in and regurgitates food for her.
I'm irritated that she has her head down all the time...then I see why. For the first time I glimpse a freshly hatched chick.

V2 is the first shot I got of this chick.

V3 By 1pm the temperature was over 100 in the sun. The barrel of my lens was too hot to touch and I'd run out of water. The hens stood over their nests to shade them, obviously roasting themselves.
A male flew in to regurgitate food for his mate in the back nest... but she does not look well, her breast feathers are missing and her stance sickerly. I have to leave.

Camera:canon EOS-1D mk11
Lens:canon 100-400@400
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Crete Grifs 3
Username:Patricia Fenn Patricia Fenn
Uploaded:26 Feb 2009 - 11:11 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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koka
koka  6 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 - 11:15 AM

very regal and a hugely intimate shot - great capture Katie

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CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 11:23 AM

A fantastic capture, Patricia, how moving for you to see the little chick. He looks just like my African Grey parrot as a baby! Carol

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jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
26 Feb 2009 - 11:34 AM

Great capture

Peter

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gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 11:39 AM

This is a site very few people will ever get to see including myself, so thanks for giving me the opportunity, they really are two wonderful images. - gary

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Patricia Fenn
26 Feb 2009 - 11:57 AM

Thanks everyone, I've added a third, last shot from that day.
posting 30th June tomorrowSmile
I'm exceedingly proud to say National Geographic bought an image from this documentary, highlight of my photographic life!

Last Modified By Patricia Fenn at 26 Feb 2009 - 12:00 PM

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cjl47 e2 Member 6cjl47 vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 12:05 PM

Congratulations on National Geographic and on this superb set of shots.
Chris

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arhb e2 Member 72459 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 12:52 PM

These are excellent Patricia, with a great reportage to go with it.
An intersting habitat also.
Congrats on the sale to NG.

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Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 1:03 PM

Super set of images Patricia, nice documentary. Congratulations.
Steve

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PattiW
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26 Feb 2009 - 2:45 PM

Fantastic capture and commentary!

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 7:16 PM

Excellent shots

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Stevekriti
26 Feb 2009 - 7:18 PM

Thank you once more Patricia.Wonderful shots,and many congrats on the National geo,well deserved! Steve

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hellsbells8868
26 Feb 2009 - 9:21 PM

Congratulations, wonderful images.

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26 Feb 2009 - 11:36 PM

Congratulations Patricia, wonderful moment. Ron.

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27 Feb 2009 - 5:37 PM

Awesome images Patricia .Hope your camera has now cooled down and you have drunk plenty . Thanks for showing us xx

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Patricia Fenn
27 Feb 2009 - 5:53 PM

The camera is stone cold now, Mavis...unlike me who has taken your advice and drunk plenty, LOL!
Sorry, new years resolution, to be more serious on site...

Thanks everyone, really appreciatedSmile

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IanA  113048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2009 - 10:43 AM

Selinari?? Wink

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2009 - 7:44 PM

Witnessed scenes like this in the Carris Gorge in Spain.
Superb exposure and detail
Richard

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evelen  10 England
4 Mar 2009 - 6:17 PM

fantastic pictures pat you finaly got them.eve.

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Patricia Fenn
10 Mar 2009 - 9:32 AM

Thanks everyone.
It was one of my most exciting photography moments ever! Lovely chick. Was beginning to think I'd never get the shot.

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