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Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher

Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher
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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: 2008-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 7:54
Viewed: 5401
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher (Melaenornis chocolatinus) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is often placed in the genus Dioptrornis instead. Its natural habitats are forest, woodland and farmlands in the highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
A drab, grey-brown, rather nondescript flycatcher with a creamy yellow eye; lacks white eye-ring of the White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher. Pale eye and darker back separate it from Pale and African Grey flycatchers, both of which occur at lower elevations in more arid habitats. Larger (15 – 17 cm), greyer and longer-tailed than African Dusky Flycatcher.

High- and mid-altitude forest and woodland edge, farmlands and suburbia.


Various ‘seep’ calls; harsher chittering alarm note.

‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan; Wikipedia.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-11 9:08]

Lovely shot of this pretty bird Peter.
TFS and G's,

Hello Peter,
what a lovely picture of Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher taken from an excellent POV, i like very much the graceful pose of this cute bird on the rock; sharpness, colours and composition are very good.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-11 10:51]

Hello Peter,
what an interesting bird have been pictured by you. Wonderful colour , excellent details of the image and perfect composition. Bravo and TFS. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-11 11:00]

Hola Peter.
Nice to see Your photos. Looks like this one is very small bird. Lovely pose and excellent note too.

Hallo Peter
Lovely is not the correct word for this petite little bird, because it is more than lovely. It is gentle, tiny and very delicate. I like the side view in which you have captured this dainty little bird, showing it plumpish body to appreciate. I like the almost auburn colour in the head feathers, and the shape of the beak and almost droopy eye is rather catching. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-11 11:37]

Hi Peter,
Lovely capture of this cute bird.I liked pose of bird,BG and framing a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-11 13:02]

Hi Peter
Nice side shot.Sharp image with good detail.I also like the nice catch eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-11 13:20]

Hello Peter,
The features of this species of Flycatcher, the Abyssinian Slaty, show well in this capture taken in a good pose and from a great POV to be set in a fine simple composition.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Peter

beautiful photography of this African bird,
shot with fine POV & DOF, i love the vertical framing
you gived to the photo, excellent sharpness
and details of the foreground, TFS


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-11 21:06]

Hello Peter,
A bird that I have never seem before. Great POV and notes
Well done..


Hi Peter!

It's fine for me to see pictures about Ethiopia as I have to deal with that country in my job. Your picture is well composed and I like the position of the bird and the colours very much. Your notes are very interesting and instructive, too. Maybe the picture lacks a little bit of sharpness. But even so the sharpness is good enough to reveal fine details. And this doesn't change anything to the value of this picture. I imagine that not many have presented it on TN!

Kind regards


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-12 11:31]

Hi Peter.
What a cute species. It is unknown for me. Its pose and state of mood are very attractive and you have reflected them very well. I also like surroundings of the bird, nice DOF and level of sharpness. Both nearest and remote stones are looked very nicely. Well done and kind regards.

Ciao Peter,great capture of lovely bird with fine details and and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi MF Peter, a lovely capture of this cute bird from a nice POV with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and Cheers,

Hello Peter,
it is a very beautiful image. I like this little bird, composition, colors, details.

TFS. Best regards, Leonid

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-13 8:54]

Hoi Peter,
Wat een humpy dumpy, heel aparte pose op de steen.
Mooi scherp.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-13 12:01]

Hi Peter. Its still a cute looking little bird. I like its round shape and soft looking feathers. Which you have taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. A good POV and DOF. It looks like its just posing for its picture. well donee TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-15 6:30]

hello peter,
A very cute little bird from East Africa which you caught in a very photogenic pose.
It's so nice to have the possibilty to know so many species of this part of the world.
Thanks a lot
Best regards

Hello again Peter, another lovely bird and its fine shot with nice pose and composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hi Peter, excellent shot of this cute bird with lovely pose.
TFS and Greetings,

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