Elegant in Black

© Nikki McDonald

Elegant in Black

Uploaded: April 01, 2008 03:11:23


Double-wattled cassowary, taken at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
This flightless bird, found naturally in New Guinea and northern Australia, is one of the largest in the world. Two of its most distinguishing features are the casque and the wattles. It is believed that the casque, the large protuberance on the top of its head, assists the cassowary in pushing through the dense tropical forest vegetation; the wattles, brilliantly colored folds of skin that hang from the bird's neck, may act as social signals in the dark forest.
Courtship is initiated by the smaller sized male and the pair may remain together for several weeks—until the female has laid her eggs in a nest that the male has constructed.
Once the female has laid her eggs, she leaves; it is the male who incubates the eggs and rears the chicks.
Information taken from the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park site
Category: Animals

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MELODIE C. ROBERTS April 01, 2008

TKW Day is catching on already!!!
Fabulous Portrait of this Beauty NiK
Great Color and PoV
It almost looks like a lawn ornament #890625

Colette M. Metcalf April 01, 2008

GREAT capture and detail!! #5727260

Jeana Clark April 01, 2008

This day will be too FUN!!!
Awesome capture Nikki!!!
Excellent details and fantastic colors!!


~J~ #5727520

Lynn M. Whitt April 01, 2008

Great shot, details, and colors.... #5727819

David Phalen April 01, 2008

WOWZA!! Awesome light, color and details!! #5728720

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna April 01, 2008

WHAT a DAY we are having...celebrating Tamara K Walker Day!!!!! You have selected a wonderful image for the occasion, Nikki!!!!! This is a beautiful shot of this gorgeous bird!!!! (I need to make another trip to Omaha. Is the butterfly house open yet?) #5729692

Pat Gamwell April 01, 2008

WOWZAAAA! The colors and clarity are phenomenal!!!!! SUPERB shot, Nikki! #5729709

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic April 01, 2008

Incredible colors and detail! Love learning a bit about these wonderful birds. Makes me sad about the Dodo... #5729780

Rhonda Burger April 01, 2008

She's so ugly she's cute...LOL Great colors and clarity Nikki. Rhonda #5729801

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic April 01, 2008

Beautiful colors and image!! #5730142

Susan M. Hembree April 01, 2008

This is GREAT, Nikki!!! I love the contrasts of the vivid colors against the black background of the bird's feathers. A really good capture! #5730654

Tamara K. Walker level-classic April 01, 2008

I hope you all know this is all going to my head.
Beautiful color and details.
Hope you had a great my day! #5730828

Les Rhoades level-classic April 01, 2008

The catch light in the eye puts this one over the top! #5731283

Katarina Mansson April 01, 2008

Excellent shapes, details, textures, colors and composition Nikki. I agree with Les that the light in the eye is extra special. #5731310

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 01, 2008

oh I like how this species behave... should tell my husband !!! fantastic close up! #5731359

Corinne M. Thompson April 02, 2008

Fabulous capture with great detail, lighting, colors...I especially like your point of view in this one! #5733674

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna April 03, 2008

YES!!!! THis one needed to get the EFP, Nikki!!!!! It also needs to go a lot further!!!!!!! ♫ k #5740433

Su Sana E. P level-classic April 19, 2008

This deserves the Gold badge for sure. Details and colors are just astonishing and your angle is just perfect here, Nikki!! #5805979

Jeana Clark May 19, 2008


~J~ #5942517

Elida Gutierrez May 19, 2008

Congratulations for your FINALIST!!! #5942976

Stefania Barbier level-addict May 19, 2008

gorgeous..... big congrats!!!! #5943932

John Caruso May 19, 2008

A big congrats on this well deserved finalist! #5944762

Mitch Spence level-classic May 19, 2008

Congratulations to you, Nikki, on a beautifully captured presented bird portrait. #5944957

Colleen Farrell May 19, 2008

FANTASTIC bird portrait, Nikki! I totally missed this one before. That casque doesn't even look like it's attached to his (her?) head--more like a silly hat! Very interesting info. Big congratulations on this outstanding finalist!! #5945451

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna May 19, 2008

Congrats on this gorgeous finalist, Nikki!!!!! ♫ k #5947350

Pat Gamwell May 19, 2008

Incredible shot, Nikki! WTG, girl! Congrats! #5948173


A Finalist For Tamara K Walker Day!!!
Congratulations NiK!!! #5949787

Ron Roberts May 20, 2008


David Phalen May 20, 2008

BIG Congrats Nikki!! #5950114

Susan Fox May 20, 2008

Congratulations on your finalist :-)

Laurie Daily level-deluxe May 21, 2008

WoW, fabulous detail and comp, Nikki. Thanks for all the info... congrats on your finalist! #5958474

Les Rhoades level-classic May 21, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS on this wonderful finalist! #5960157

Carol Teal May 22, 2008

Such a fabulous capture of this colorful but funny-looking bird Nikki! And I love the info you included about their behavior. I missed out of TWD, but looks like it was fun! Congrats on your finalist! #5964856

Patrick Rouzes May 23, 2008

Nikki, A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist!!!!!!!!!!! #5968937

Susan Jane Allen level-classic June 08, 2008

Totally awesome! Love the lighting and detail. #6033029

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