African Chicken

Not exactly a brilliant shot, being a fleeting snap taken while on the move, a helmeted guinea-fowl (Numida meleagris) a common inhabitant of both grassland and broadleaf woodland across most of southern Africa. The guinea-fowl is a flock bird gathering in communities up to twenty birds, although much larger flocks have been observed. During the breeding season, guinea-fowl are only found in pairs and will only congregated into larger flocks when their young are grown. While this bird is most frequently observed on the ground, it can fly.  For those wondering, that is a ball of elephant dung in the foreground… considered to add the the creative ambiance!
(Canon 50D; f/6.3; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 400mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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  1. I am so happy you mentioned that it was elephant dung Andrew. For one moment I thought, that chicken sure is “fowl” .

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