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Coco the Happy-Go-Lucky Finger-Biter

By col.campbell
Well here he is again, Coco the intrepid would-be finger-biter.

According to my lovely girlfriend he likes me but that doesn't stop him having a go! I've been bitten by one of these birds in the past, and it's not a laughing matter.

Perhaps one day we'll be proper pals. Repeating a tune I whistle for him or making entertaining fart noises is one thing, leaving my fingers alone is another ;o)


I did a minor bit of editing with this. Three conversions from raw; one for the shadow area, one for the area round his eye, and one for the rest. Blended, sharpened the area of the head & neck, job done. Comments on the editing especially welcome. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Bird Parrot Grey African Congo Beak Pets and captive animals Flash and lighting

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tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
26 May 2012 6:35AM
I know what they are like. That beak is a tree pruner. Excellent portrait though. His personality shows. TG

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 7:53AM
A fantastic wildlife/pet photograph, full of great light and superb detail, love the detail around the eye. May be a coloured background just to give the rather drab looking feathers a lift

Regards Nathan
col.campbell 14 1.2k 4 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 11:44AM
Thank you both.
It's easy to blow out the white area around the eyes while trying to get a reasonable exposure for the feathers (hence the blending). I've found bounced flash is best, to get enough light for detail and avoid movement blur.
I'm trying to work out how to better light the background using a single flash; I think the background appearing drab is just light fall-off. Mover back, longer lens and more flash, perhaps?

Tony, funny you say that, it was in Canada I was bitten. You're not from Alberta, by any chance? ;o)
tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
26 May 2012 7:24PM
Funny. Lived in Calgary for a year. Originally from Montreal. Spent time in Portsmouth England. [ loved the people and pubs tradition] and now on Vancouver Island BC. Life was laid back here but now getting busy as more discover these sister towns that have it all. Courtenay and Comox. TG

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