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Grey Loerie

Grey Loerie
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-12 10:49
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This will be my last posting of "Birds of Namibia" for a while. I have concentrated so hard to share my last fourteen bird images with the TN members that I forgot about all the other animals I photographed during my last holiday in Etosha National Park.
Please enjoy and comments are welcome.

Corythaixoides concolor (Grey go-away-bird, Grey Loerie)
Kwêvoël [Afrikaans]; umKlewu [Zulu]; Nkwe [Kwangali]; Mokowe [North Sotho]; Kuwe, Pfunye [Shona]; Umkluwe [Swazi]; Nkwenyana (generic term for lourie) [Tsonga]; Mokuê [Tswana]; Vale toerako [Dutch]; Touraco concolore [French]; Graulärmvogel [German]; Turaco-cinzento [Portuguese];

The Grey go-away-bird occurs from coastal Angola through to southern Africa, where it is common in dry savanna and suburban gardens. It eats mainly plant products, such as fruit, flowers, leaves and buds, but it may also eat small invertebrates. The nest is a flat, flimsy platform, made of interlaced twigs, normally placed in a thorny tree. It lays 1-4, usually 2-3 eggs which are incubated by both sexes, for 26-29 days. The chicks stay in the nest for 18-21 days, leaving before they can fly. At roughly 33 days old, the chicks can feed for themselves, and at roughly 35 days they can fly, becoming fully independent at about 41 days old.

• Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.

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Hello Carl,
Another masterpiece from close range.....
What a splendid capture with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing composition.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Carl
A lovely bird, captured beautifully against a clear blue sky. The thorny branches adds extra speciality to an already super image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-12 11:25]

Een vogel die ik in Z. Afrika ook gezien en gefotografeerd heb, maar lang niet zo mooi. Uitstekende scherpte en prachtige natuurlijke kleuren. Prima compositie. Fijne pose in een acacia.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-12 11:30]

Bonjour Carl, tableau magnifique que cet oiseau perché sur un buisson d'épines qui semblent particuliérement acérées. Great details and natural colors, TFS, best regards, Didier.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-12 12:29]

This image is fantastic, Carl!
Great sharpness, light and POV, splendid colours,very nice background.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-12 13:23]

Hello Carl.
Very beautiful shot of this Grey Loerie, very nice details sharpness, lovely eye-contact, beautiful colours against the perfect background.Best regards Siggi

Hi Carl,
another nice and beautiful portrait. Excellent low point of view. Nice colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-12 19:57]

Hello Carl,
A beautiful bird that I'm not at all familiar with. It's head sort of resembles that of a parrots.
You managed to obtain excellent exposure, as the plumage is illuminated nicely. Wonderful detail and attractive natural colors. I would imagine it has to be very careful when landing on such a thorny tree. Great job!!

Great shot of this bird that is often around but not easy to catch!

Hi Carl,
A very nice sharp and great details picture of this Grey Loerie, lovely highlighted eye and excellent contrast against the sky as the background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Carl
Another beautiful photo of an interesting bird of Africa. Very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hi Carl,

Great capture of this Grey Loerie with nice pose, good composition, sharp details and good BG.

hallo carl
super mooie opname van deze mooie vogel
veel details en de kleuren zijn prachtig
bedankt groetjes lou

Hi Boet,
What a stunning image of this Grey Loerie. I like the way you got it sitting on this thorn tree. Eina!! What fantastic clarity and excellent detail you have here. Even the glint in the eye! Excellent Boet, just excellent! Have a wonderful week.

Bonjour Carl,
Très bon angle de prise de vue et excellente profondeur de champ valorisant bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Carl,
Working in the bush between Outjo and Otavi and between Kombat and Berg Aukas in Namibia, I often had a grey bird fly between tree-tops ahead of me, and with a loud voice warning all and sundry of my presence. I can still imitate its call. They say it annoyed hunters no end. I am sure it must have been this beautiful grey loerie. What a fabulous image. Well done and best wishes my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-14 9:19]

Helo Carl,
A very fine capture of this grey Loerie. The composition on the top of the acacia suits the POV, taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a clear sky.
Great to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

an unknown bird for me, very beautiful scene and photo performance!
regards Nasos

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-19 5:16]

Hello Carl,
Missed this special bird sitting in middle of spines! A special name too in English. Fine presentation and natural colors with lovely shades of grey and black on the plumage. A curious shape of the eye too.
Thanks too to have appreciated my last Moth-picture :-)
Have a nice weekend

Hello Carl,
Excellent photo, perfect portrait of a bird with a great composition, sharpness and color.

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2011-12-02 16:27]

Delicadeza, belleza y arte a la vez. Increíble foto: enhorabuena !

J. Ignasi.

Carl, this is a great shot of this bird. Excellent sharpness and POV. Bill

Hi Carl,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Grey Loerie. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Carl

WOW ! great close-up shot of this beautiful bird,
with fine POV, great focus sharpness and details
of its dark colored plumage, TFS


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