Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Red-billed Francolin portrait. That bird looks over its shoulder into your eyes. It is a close-up portrait of this feisty bird, of its head and shoulders. He gives you indeed a certain look!


copyright Anette Mossbacher, 20 March, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/680s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5077 by 3385 pixels (WxH).

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Red-billed Francolin portrait. This bird was walking around me while I had lunch sitting at a campsite. They are coming up to me to about one meter. Indeed, I took the chance to capture this great portrait of this funny and feisty bird. The feisty little birds are always lurking around me, trying to find some food, scratching here and there in the sand. Having a sand dust bath was also on his agenda. Generally, the Francolin bird loves to run in front of cars. Francolins do it all the time in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It always makes me laugh when I see them running. They love waking me up early in the mornings with their loud voices. I have always wanted to capture a Red-billed Francolin portrait. His visit during my lunch break was very much appreciated.

Red-billed Francolin, Pternistis adspersus, is also called Red-billed Spurfowl. It belongs to the family of Phasianidae. This bird we find in Southern Africa. Males, which have a height of 38cm / 15 inches, are slightly larger than their female counterparts, with a height of 33cm / 13 inches. They weigh between 350 – 640 grams / 0.7-1.4 lbs. Their habitats include savannahs and floodplains. Red-Billed Francolin’s diet includes mainly eating the tip of plants, seeds, and bugs.

This species has an extensive range and therefore does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable.

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