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HI to everyone. Sorry to have been so scarce just recently, but I do have news and its all good. I will let you all know whats happened as soon as I have a little time, but for now I hope you enjoy some of my images. I will upload some to my PF and your welcome to visit. Good to be back on EPZ again and I will let you all know my news very very soon. Until then thank you so much for being so patient and kind. So fantastic to be alive again.

The Dikkop, is around 250mm in size and as you can see by the size of its eye it is a nocturnal bird and a noisy one at that. I have included an image of the chick at 3 days old. It can run at birth and in this image has remained absolutely still, not even a blink as I approached, the camouflage as you can see is exceptional and very easy to step on them by accident. Normally lays on rocks and even the 1 or 2 eggs blend in with the ground. The adults are so fast even Road Runner would be jealous. They are very protective of the chick and hide away during daylight. They are capable of standing like a statue or even going to ground and remaining motionless relying on the camouflage to remain hidden. The Chick tens to hide between rocks during daylight as the adults remain on guard.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Feb 2014 - 5:24 PM
Exposure Comp:0.0
Title:DIKKOP
Username:johnke johnke
Uploaded:15 Mar 2014 - 7:35 AM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
Votes:39
Variant - ReportVariant - Report

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 7:39 AM

Excellent photographs and a fascinating description.

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 142 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 7:40 AM

Excellent set of images. Ted. GrinGrin

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 7:43 AM

Welcome back, John. Very nice and informative set. Glad to hear that you have good news to reveal.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 7:55 AM

A superb image, John, and so glad that you have some good news at last. Carol

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DicksPics
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15 Mar 2014 - 8:03 AM

Good to see you back, John - and what a fantastic set of images to be back with.
As ever, you have treated us to yet more first class photography.
Glad you have some good news to tell us, too!
Regards,
Richard

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viscostatic
15 Mar 2014 - 8:31 AM

An excellent set of images, especially V2. Never heard of this bird before but glad I have now.

Phil.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2170 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 8:54 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileAn Excellent set JohnSmileSmileSmileSmile
So glad to see you back with us and that the news for us is goodSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
NettaSmile

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15 Mar 2014 - 11:47 AM

Very good set, John.
Tony

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digital_boi
15 Mar 2014 - 11:54 AM

fine set love em all good to know you have some good news at last

Graham

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 12:02 PM

Super set of images & great info
Welcome back John

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Irishkate
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15 Mar 2014 - 1:02 PM

Wonderful set John of this colourful and comical bird!
Great to hear that at last things are working out for you.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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15 Mar 2014 - 2:26 PM

Wonderful set John.
So good to see you back and sounding very positive GrinGrin

Kathryn

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myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 - 3:48 PM

Enjoyed your set very much,

Have had you on my connections quite a while, wondered were you had got to.GrinGrin

Myra

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 3:51 PM

This is a very amusing bird, Your photos are a delight, and thank for including a shot of the chick and the egg-- A splendid collection!

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15 Mar 2014 - 5:10 PM

Glad to hear the good news John Smile,plus some lovely images too.This bird is almost identical to
the stone curlew we have here in the uk .They too have that build and a huge eye,and if you look away then back again it takes some time to relocate them ,as they are so good at staying motionlessSmileSmile.

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michaelo
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15 Mar 2014 - 10:29 PM

Excellent photographs and a fascinating description.

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 - 11:21 PM

Wellcome back John, glad to here you have good news. Great set of images, love V2,
ElenaSmileSmile

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17 Mar 2014 - 7:12 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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Holmewood
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17 Mar 2014 - 10:37 PM

Great set John. Cannot wait to hear your good news. Take care. Cathy

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Brianmdoucette
26 May 2014 - 4:55 PM

Ugly little bugger, but great capture, regards, B...

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