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Grey-backed Camaroptera

Grey-backed Camaroptera
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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: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 8:26
Viewed: 4666
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I heard a strange sound in the bushes just above the ground. And suddenly I saw this bird for the first time in my life. And it’s NEW ON TN. It was more blue than in the description.

The Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brachyura, is a small warbler. This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

This skulking passerine is typically found low in dense cover. The Grey-backed Camaroptera binds large leaves together low in a bush and builds a grass nest within the leaves. The normal clutch is two or three eggs.

These 11.5 cm long warblers have grey upperparts and a grey short cocked tail. The wings are olive and the underparts whitish grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler yellow on the breast.

Like most warblers, Grey-backed Camaroptera is insectivorous. The call is a whining sheee......sheee, and the song is a crisp twik twik twik twik twik .

Source: Wikipedia

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Ha Peter,

Mooie plaat van deze prachtige vogel
kleuren en scherpte zijn fantastisch
ook ik heb deze vogel niet eerder gezien

TFS Thijs

Hallo Peter,

weer een mooie foto met een prachtige vogel.
Goed gezichtsveld en detailering.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.
je krijgt wel punten van mij want heb er ook vel van jou gekregen.
Ben het meerdan za dat als je veel tijd hebt voor critiquen en alleen maar positief praat veel punten krijt ondanks slechte foto.
als je goede foto's plaatst en niet veel tijd hebt je ook geen critiqueken krijgt dus ook geen punten.
Vandaar mijn besluit.
Blijkt wel dat ik gelijk krig.
3 reacties waarvan 1 zonder punten.
Als ik nu weer TN verlaat is het echt voorgoed.
De mensen die me wilden houden zijn nu niet thuis.

groet Gert

interesting litle bird indeed Peter! And if your findings are correct that this is the first post for the species in TN, then this makes it even more special ! Valuable notes too!
George Veltchev

Ciao Peter, lovely little bird with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, great capture, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-06-07 11:15]

Hallo Peter.

Een mooie foto van deze vogel.
De kleuren komen prima tot hun recht tegen de achtergrond.

Gr. Hans

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-07 12:34]

hello Peter,
Congratulations on this fine capture of yet another new species on TN!
The quality of this image is great and the POV plus pose make this a nice portrait of a Grey-backed Camaroptera, a species new to me.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-06-07 13:11]

Hi Peter. Congrats on a first on TN anda first for me as well. This is a most unusual looking bird which you have taken with fine feather detail. Its intersting to see the blue colour in the bill as the featehrs. Well taken TFs.

Hello Peter,
Good image taken with lovely colors, fine sharp details and great POV. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-07 13:24]

Hallo Peter,
very nice capture of beautiful Grey-backed Camaroptera. She looks very lovely. Your shot is very nice with focus, eyes contact and exposure. nicely composed. Thanks for sharing. Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
A litte (very low) focus moved, I guess because teh 1/80s, but still a goos shot to show us this beatiful species. Well done, congratulations on this 1st en TN!.... TFS, Regards, Jesús

Good Morning Peter, congrats on this new species for TN!
Good sharp with good color saturation, and the shallow DOF has nicely blurred the background. I like the pose of the bird and well positioned in the frame! nice work.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-07 20:39]

Hi Peter,
Very nice photo of this Bird, great colors and details, TFS!

hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of this African bird, shot with
fine POV, DOF and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness
and details, i love the bird's dynamic pose, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-08 4:16]

Hello Peter,
This is really a lovely bird with these fine tints of the plumage. Happy you to have seen it. Interesting to read that it is a species which is more on the lower levels in the vegetation, where you have seen it too.
Very natural picture
Thanks and kind regards

Ciap Peter. An intrigant dynamic capture with beautiful natural colours.


Great shot of this new bird Peter. Lovely composition and excellent details.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-08 9:26]

Hi Peter,i think was a difficult capture..eheh..the quality isn't the best but the specie is very interesting...excellent work in this difficult light,thanks for share,Luciano

Gracias por tu amable comentario Peter. Tu toma, a pesar de su sencillez, transmite un gran realismo , tanto en la escena en si como en los colores.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Peter,
What a stunning beautiful bird. Never seen one like this before. The blue on it's head and beak makes the eyes stand out. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter
you was very lucky to capture this beautiful bird, i love his colorful plumage
lovely pose and nice environment, and congratulation for this new species on TN
Have a good night

Very cute little bird. Lovely colors.
Love to view this bird at its natural habitat.
Very nicely captured.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-08 19:06]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on displaying this beautiful species for the first time here. What a nice capture of magnificent bird, the colours of it's plumage are wonderful. Thank you Peter, great job.

hallo Peter
Weer een nieuwe vogel op TN ,en een mooie ook nog
leuk zoals hij daar zit tegen de boom aan,is het een soort van boom klever?
mooie kleuren en goede details
groetjes lou

Hallo Peter,
congratulations on this first on TN; a very beautiful capture of this colourful bird, good sharpness, a very pleasing composition with a lovely pose of the bird in a beautiful environment.
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-12 21:21]

Hello Peter,
I have never heard of this warbler before, but it is a real beauty and exciting to see you were the first to post a shot of one here on TN. Love the contrasting blue and yellow colors and the fine detail you managed to capture. Superb shot!!

Interesting composition. Good and interesting photo.

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