Name That Bird!

A 14mm prime

If you had a 14mm prime, what would you take photos of? We are having this discussion in the clubhouse… and I was kind of curious what everyone thought.

Daily Photo – Name That Bird!

We had left Dunedin, in the very south of New Zealand, before switchbacking our way up a steep mountain to visit this castle. It’s called the LarncachΒ Castle, and it was very beautiful. The gardens were immaculate, and there were many interesting subjects for photography.

I found this little guy over by a pond and bent over with my 14-24mm to take a shot. You have to get in close with this lens, and I felt a little strange getting so close to such a strange beasty. Anyone know what it is?

HDR Photo

  • Damian

    Looks like a Chinese Silkie Chicken.

  • Gernot

    i agree with damian. besides the appearance, very typical for this kind of chicken it has a black skin and it’s more tasty than the “normal” chicken. the texture of the meat is the same but it has some subtle differences in the taste πŸ˜‰

  • casusan

    Cool bird Trey – beautiful – here in the US we’d probably make a fake fur out of him or her! Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it! Looks like some wild exotic peacock!I love these guessing games!

  • Damen Stephens

    It’s what is commonly known as a “jive turkey” … this particular specimen sports an afro-mohawk and can generally be heard squawking it’s mating call which sounds something like; “Ah Pity Da Fool” !!

  • Damen Stephens is correct, it certainly is a ‘jive turkey’ – A real menace down under, we have to lock our homes at night for fear of break-ins by these terrifying creatures πŸ™

    On a serious and less frightening note, I haven’t been to Lanarch Castle in a long time… Probably about 15 years!

  • It’s looks like chicken to me :)…you lucky that guy don’t move..

  • I thought it was Lady Gaga’s new hairdo πŸ˜€

  • Haha he is cool – could very well be Andy Bird when he gets up in the morning or indeed it could be Billy Idol bird πŸ˜€ Whatever kind of bird he may be, he is badass – I like how he looks like he’s ready to go to a hair-metal concert – smashing!

  • Simon Morris

    I haven’t a clue what the bird is, but for sure LARNACH Castle is stunning (c’mon Trey, get the spelling right πŸ˜‰
    The drive to the end of the peninsula is also stunning, with quite a large migration of Albatross and great walks over the headland…

  • It’s the ass end of a shih tzu:)

  • PS – Forgot to post these bird-related links earlier for the good visitors here to enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Neat bird. Weird looking.

    If I had a 14mm lens… no idea on specifics. I’d just take everything. I’d love to see how things looked with that wide angle distortion. Some shrines and temples, I guess. Y’know, Japan stuff. πŸ˜‰

  • I’d call it a “Shit-zu Chicken”, but I’m no biologist πŸ˜€

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  • A 14mm prime lens would be magical! The possibilities are endless! When I take photos with my 10-20mm, probably 90% of the time, I’m zoomed out at 10mm, then I do the necessary cropping later in photoshop. So with the 14mm lens, you have a nice, compact lens, at an ultra-wide angle vs the very (very) large 14-24mm.

  • WmD

    I believe his name is George. Am I right?

  • Gail in Montana

    ROFL at most of the above comments. Interesting name, Jive Turkey! It’s head looks like it’s in the turkey family. I like the behind of a dog the best. It looks like beautiful fur πŸ˜‰ . Wonder if it gets killed a lot for it’s beautiful feathers?? Anyway, it was so much fun reading all the commments this morning. Thanks for making us all laugh, Trey!!

  • Ursula

    Yep, it’s a Silkie (breed of chicken). My sister and I used to show them in 4-H. πŸ™‚ Great shot.

  • Joanne Rigutto

    Yep, it’s a silkie. In addition to the dark skin and richer flavored meat, they are excellent brooders/mammas for rearing exotic and endangered poultry and game birds. I used to raise upland gamebirds and exotic pheasants. The people in the pheasant club used to call them incubators, as some species don’t do well in artificial inubation, but the little silkies can hatch the eggs and rear the young with no problem.

  • I was going to go with “fluffy chickbeast”, but I like Jive Turkey better. Very interesting shot for sure!

  • Love the bird and the details of the photo. I also envy anyone that is close enough to visit this place.

  • Hahah… Perhaps I should post some shots our our chickens. They look NOTHING like this supermodel of the poultry world (ask Trey, he’s seen them) ;-P
    I put up a few nice HDRs tonight, take a look & let me know what you guys think:

  • bobwyo

    Don King?

  • Ugly ?

  • Hehe thanks all… Simon – I fixed that spelling problem — my bad!

  • I believe that is the almost mythical Fethah Dustah bird. Known to frequent areas with large amounts of dust and leave them spotless afterwards. Often seen around dust bunnies as well.

  • Shyam

    Looks more like one of the Angry Birds. I hope you didn’t steal the egg πŸ˜€

  • I carry a 8mm prime that, coupled with a 1.6 sensor, gives me about a 13mm fisheye. I use it anywhere I think I can get an interesting image. I love auto shows and old cars.

  • That’s no bird……

  • Julie

    It does look like one of the Angry Birds. You better put those eggs back Trey. I certainly wouldn’t want to deal with one.

  • The bird’s name is Lance (no really). Also, I’d photograph people on swings (with their feet really close to me), landscapes, buildings, well — everything with a 14mm prime. (I just purchased a 10-22 and am having so much fun — even my hallways look better with bendy lines — as if Dr. Seuss moved in.)

  • Thanks all!

    Hehe Liz… swings and really close feet – of course ! πŸ™‚

  • ExTexan

    What is it with the tilted photos? I can see no purpose in doing so in these 2 photos. It’s a rare situation that a tilted photo improves the composition and these are not those. I love Trey’s work and this technique just seems inapropriate.

  • Big Matty

    I thought a cheerleader dropped her pom pom

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