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Yellow-crowned Gonolek

Yellow-crowned Gonolek
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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: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 5:46
Viewed: 4798
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes you can’t get a bird good enough on a photo. So I had quarrel with this species. I saw it in different places and I made several photos. But none was the ‘ideal’ photo. The birds don’t want cooperate.
But because it’s a NEW BIRD FOR TN I present two photos of this beauty. In the workshop a bird in frontal (not sharp) pose.

The Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus), also known as the Common Gonolek, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the bushshrike family. It is a common resident breeding bird in equatorial Africa from Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo east to Ethiopia.

It frequents dense undergrowth in forests and other wooded habitats. It is not as extremely shy as some other bushshrikes, and can sometimes be seen on watered hotel lawns. The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree into which two eggs are laid.

The Yellow-crowned Gonolek is 22 cm long with a long tail and short wings. The adult is a stunning bird, although easily overlooked as it lurks in undergrowth. It has solidly black upperparts apart from its golden crown, and scarlet underparts other than a buff-yellow undertail. The legs are dark. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler and duller.

This species has duetted calls, with a fluted too-lioo overlapped by a rattling ch-chacha.

The Yellow-crowned Gonolek feeds on insects located in bushes or on the ground.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Hello Peter,
Excellent composition and Superb sharpness, details and beautiful colours.
Regards, Murat

Wonderful catch Peter! Congratulation for the impressive new entry. That is an Yellow-crowned Gonolek according to you. What a magnificent coloration. Difficult but well executed shot with pleasant detail and fine composition. If you excuse me I am presenting my version based on the original with some gentle level and other adjustments. Thanks for the great new addition once again!
George Veltchev

Ciao Peter, my today neighbour, wonderful bird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Peter
super mooie opname met veel scherpte en veel details
de kleuren zijn super ,weer een aparte vogel van je
groeten lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-01 6:10]

Hello Peter,
I also remember waiting for and chasing the Gonolek before I could take a picture of it in Gambia. At last I achieved one at a distance but it was analogue.
This is a great capture, the POV showing most of its features with fine colours and sharpness against a fine contrasting BG. I like the composition between the two large branches too.
Thanks for this fine reminder of a beautiful bird. I rember the call duetted by the female too.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-01 6:16]

Hi Peter,not only a beautiful bird but a very different and artistic composition too,whit the tree like a natural border,impressive sharpness and colors and fantastic light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Peter, superb shot of this Gonolek beauty with nice composition and details. Pose great too.
TFS and regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-01 7:22]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic colors, a bird!
The colours and sharpness are amazing. Nice composition too
Best wishes,

The position of the bird in the middle of diverging branches is truly attractive, Peter. The colour combination on the bird is extremely beautiful. It is a fantastic picture as a whole.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture this wonderful Yellow-crowned Gonolek. Splendid vivid colours and
perfect focus. Difficult shot but exceptional executed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-01 8:22]

Hi Peter,
Excellent portrai of this Yellow-crowned Gonolek, great colors and details, TFS!

Hi Peter.
Nice framed with V-shaped trunk and the colorful bird peeks well in the frame.
Sharp focus and fine details. I like it and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Ciao Peter. Interesting geometric compo. Perfect DOF and stunning details for the coloured bird.


Hello Peter,
A very nice image of this new species for TN. Even if the bird doesn`t cooperate, image is quite good to remark beautiful colours and good details.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-01 9:22]

Hello Peter,
wow.what a lively view of the bird with lovely red,black,yellow body. The pose is so innocent and you have shown it very nicely.I like the shallow depth that gives a dramatic composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-01 9:55]

Hello Peter,
A fond memory from Gambia although we never managed to get this close! I'm surprised it's the first time on TN. I remember well the striking colours that you show well here and I do like its pose in the workshop.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Congratulations in getting this shot of a beautiful bird for all of us to enjoy.

Bonjour Peter,
C'est de la peinture !!!
Très bonne composition et excellente lumière accentuant l'opposition des splendides couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Peter

beautiful photo of this colorful bird,
shot with fine POV and i love the way
it is framed between the tree big branches,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-01 13:26]

Hello Peter,
A very good photo in great sharpness,colors and very lovely POV.Nice composition and fine details.TFS.

Hi Peter,

Congaratulations for this 1st on TN! and thanks that you are sharing this very colourful beauty with us!
The details in its plumage are nicely captured with great pose!
TFS and have a nice night!

Ps. Thanks for the amusing comment in my last post:DDD

Hello Peter,
This seems to be a difficult picture to make, and you have managed very well!.
The colors are a bit dull, I know the name of this lack, but sometimes it happens in my photos and then I fix the levels in post-processing.
Either way, it's a good photo and a beautiful bird species!
Regards, TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-01 17:51]

Hola Peter.
This Yellow-crowned Gonolek really has very nice colors on feathers. The pose and BG looks so nice and makes a better photo.
Congratulation for the first time here in TN

Hi Peter,
A great capture of a handsome bird in the Rain Forest of Senegal.

Beautiful natural colours!
PS Please accept my compliments instead of points. I am sorry and apologise, but have exhausted my daily allowance of points.

Hi Peter,
Very beautifull shot of these bird, with very soft and nice light and colours.TFS

Hello Peter
wonderful bird, with splendid plumage, i like his vivid colors, the great composition and POV, the blurred BG and the pose of the bird
have a good night

Hola Peter

Que bella composición de esta ave de colores muy llamativos entre estas dos ramas ocultandose. preciosa y bien compuesta de esta foto. Un POV excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-02 19:09]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on the first image of this beautifully coloured species. Thank you introducing me to this bird.

You get extra kudos for trying so hard and for having a unique bird. I think the pose will do just fine and apparently so do many others. This one will keep you busy for a couple days!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-12-03 9:58]

Hallo Peter,

Niettegenstaand u de vogel niet volledig heeft genomen krigen we toch een goed overzicht .
Mooi gedetaileerd en goede pose om te plaatsen.
mooi foto werk, bedankt.


nice composition, TFS Ori

Hi Peter

Senegal!, you do get around don't you! Great shot of this fascinating species, so colourful. I think the pose you have here is just fine. Well done.


Excelente trabajo Peter: Luz, colores, equilibrio del conjunto... un deleite para los ojos.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Peter,
another fantastic capture of an exotic bird, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-16 3:56]

Hello Peter,
Missed this special-colored bird from Senegal. Sometimes animal are not vey cooperativ :-) but you are right to show this new species on TN! Very interesting plumage design, somehow artistic in a modern way.
Thanks also for the instructive note
Kind regards

hello Peter, very good time and frame, fine photo performance!
TFS Nasos

Nice photo of a wonderful bird!
I remember the bird from Gambia/Senegal a few years ago, I could not get a good photo of it! You did very well!

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