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Double-toothed Barbet

Double-toothed Barbet
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 13:48
Viewed: 5105
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During a short walk it was a great surprise when I suddenly saw this Double-toothed Barbet, Lybius bidenatus, in a fig tree along the road.

It’s a large, red-breasted barbet with a large yellow bill. Slightly smaller (20-22 cm) than both Black-breasted and Bearded barbets, with no black on red underparts and more prominent red wing bar. Juvenile is duller. When excited, flicks its tail. Clings to tree trunks when foraging and regularly hawks insects.
Habitat: Open woodland, forest edge an cultivated areas with fruiting trees.
Status: Locally common.
Voice: Harsh ‘krrrrk’.

(Source: Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara. By I. Sinclair and P. Ryan)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-29 13:53]

Hi Peter. This is a brightly coloured bird. with its red feathers and huge eye. A fine looking bird , what a lucky find. Good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

have a nice weekend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-29 15:22]

Hello Peter, that's quite a bird! Well composed, super sharp and a perfect exposure! A very impressive shot! Thanks!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-29 16:04]

Hi Peter,

A magnificent looking bird and a wonderful, wild background. Colors are outstanding. This Barbet is amazing looking with the yellow patch around his eye and the big yellow beak. Superb details of the face and feathers. I love the very unusual background and the composition.


Hi Peter:

Beautiful bird. I like so much the backgroud.. it looks like a bunch of some kind of palm.


Hi Peter,
Very nice capture of this Double-toothed Barbet which really looks like a doll. The BG is a bit messy but nicely blurred, details of the bird are pin sharp, colours and bright and natural.

Beautiful shot. The colours look excellent.

Hello Peter,
A wonderful Barbet. Could be our national bird. Black, yellow and red are the colors of the national flag of Belgium. I verified it;-)
But that isn't really relevant here. It's a beautiful bird. Its structure is more or less the same as the Crested barbet, I photographed in Kruger but its colors are so different...
The perch and background are special. Accurate depth of field.
Well done
Thanks for sharing...

Hi Peter,

Lovely bird well photographed to look alive with great colour and detail. Stands out well from the BG and a nice highlight.

Hola Peter, buena fotografia, nitida y buen detalle, luz y color.
Interesante nota informativa. Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-30 0:33]

Hello Peter,
very nice capture with great colours and sharpness.Very good composition and great POV. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-30 4:04]

Hi Peter,this bird os a fantastic spectacle!The colors are incredibles and perfectly taken,i like a lot the choice of POV too,also the background is beautifull,my best compliments for this great shot,have a nice day,Luciano

de tres belles couleurs chaudes pour ce petit oiseau croise en ethiopie

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-30 6:35]

Hello Peter,
I have seen the similar Bearded Barbet in Gambia before digital photography, but this Double-toothed is new to me.
You have taken an excellent shot of it when you were surprised by its appearance with fine sharpness, sharp enough to differentiate it from the OOF busy BG of a similar colour.
The composition is also great.
TFS this beauty,
Have a good weekend,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-30 13:31]

Hola Peter,
cálidos colores y detalles hermosos,
buen foco y pov,
fino bg,

llo Peter,

Mooie foto en goede compositie.
Wat een prachtige vogel, heb die nog nooit gezien.
Jammer van die grashalm voor zijn nek.


Hi Peter, what a lovely and perfect shot of this cute bird which is new for me. Colours, details, DOF/POV, indeed all are perfect my friend. Many thanks for sharing this beauty.
Have a nice Sunday!


Hello Peter
what a interesting plumage on its venter. It looks like painted by hand. I like its colors. But sharp details, composition and focus also great. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-31 5:33]

merhaba peter
wonderful capture of this beautiful and colourful bird
i like composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

Hi Peter
Firs of all great saturated colors. Sharpness is very good and I like the diagonal composition. Great 3-dimensional effect and unusual POV
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-31 11:21]

Hello Peter,
What a fabulous and brightly coloured Barbet! Excellent capture showing the fine beak and bright eye marking. I like your POV and the bright background is rather fitting. Very nicely composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-31 12:58]

Hello Peter,

Excellent capture of this beautiful bird. Very nice composition. Excellent focus. Great warm colours.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful barbet. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-01 0:54]

Hello Peter,
Ethiopa seems to have a lot of most interesting birds and I can imagine your great surprise to see this one. Interesting point of view, the fruits in the background, even if they are part of the surrounding, are disturbing a little bit.
Have a nice day

Ciao Peter, splendid focus on this beautiful bird with fantastic colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-06 2:51]

Hi Peter,
While I was away I missed most of your latest great bird shots... This is also another good one. The plumage color and the markings of this bird is beautiful. I like the warm lighting, background and color tones a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen such a beautiful Barbet.Excellent colour and sharpness.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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