Doctored image in Wingspan

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Subject: Doctored image in Wingspan
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 17:11:07 +1000
Hi Birders

Being a graphic designer/illustrator/animator, I think that I've got a bit
of an eye for these things and it appears to me that there is something
rather odd on pages 4-5 of the latest Wingspan. The tail on the
Buff-breasted Kingfisher looks like a fake. A phoney. A doctored up hoax!!
The image has all the attributes of a piece of vector art, dropped very
nicely on top of a bitmap.

The longer retrices are flat and white and devoid of detail (could be a
flash but nothing else is so affected - check the flash on the bill, not
that bright). The other retrices appear to be copies or clones of each other
that have been stretched and layered to create the tail. They are way too
flat with none of the detail or subtleties which are present elsewhere on
the image.

What do you think, oh sharp-eyed birders? Fake or for real?

Regards - Ricki

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