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Western Plantain-eaters

Western Plantain-eaters
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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: 2010-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-11-20 6:05
Viewed: 4602
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another new bird for TN.
Taken near a small village, Ethiolo, in the South-East of Senegal, far from the modern western world.

The Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator), also known as the Grey Plantain-eater or Western Grey Plantain-eater, is a large member of the turaco family, a group of large arboreal near-passerine birds restricted to Africa.

This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical west Africa. It lays two or three eggs in a tree platform nest.

These are common, noisy and conspicuous birds, despite lacking the brilliant colours of relatives such as the Violet Turaco. They are 50 cm long, including a long tail. Their plumage is mainly grey above spotted with brown. The head, erectile crest, neck and breast are brown streaked with silver. The underparts are whitish, heavily streaked with brown.

Western Plantain-eater has a thick bright yellow bill, and shows a white wing bar in flight. The sexes are identical, but immatures have a black woolly head without silver streaking.

This bird is similar to the closely related Eastern Plantain-eater. The latter species has white tail bars, and lacks the chest bars and dark wing feather shafts of its western relative.

This species feeds on fruit, especially figs, seeds and other vegetable matter.

Western Plantain-eater has a loud cow-cow-cow call, very familiar in west Africa.

Sorce: Wikipedia

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Hallo Peter,

Alweer een nieuwe soort op TN.
Wij 3 nederlanders (Lou,jij rn ik) plaatsen toch vrij vaak nieuwe soorten en ik denk voor zo'n klein landje en weinig actieve leden dat we alls land de meeste soorten plaatsen.
dit is een mooie opname met een goed gezichtsveld.
Mooie kleuren.


Ciao Peter, lovely couple of beautiful birds, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Fantastic capture of another amazing bird from Senegal.
Very nice colours, details and good clarity.

Ciao Peter.
Non avevo mai visti degli uccelli cosi.
Buoni icolori e la nitidezza ottima la composizione.Ciao Marco

Hi Peter. Wonderful photo of these birds with nice details, POV and composition.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Ciao Peter. Best compliments for this rare capture in not so easy light.


Hello Peter,
compliments for the photo, excellent colors, great sharpness and excellent POV.
Very Very nice.
Thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-20 13:05]

Hello Peter.
Wonderful pair of birds. The details of the offer is well captured . Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
What an amazing bird. Never seen before. Very well taken with sharp and clear details. Interesting notes. TFS.

Hi Peter,

Wonderful timing to catch this pair of Western Plantain-eater. Very nice details and the birds' poses are perfect for the composition.
TFS and have a nice night/Sunday!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-20 15:41]

Hi Peter,you work very well in this terrible backlight and the result is very very nice,beautiful couple singin and very nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Peter friend!
Undoubtedly, the picture was affected by the sky too light uncomfortable, but it is really strange birds and a valuable contribution to TN! They resemble some of our insectivorous cuckoo!
Congratulations, TFS and happy Sunday for you MF!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-20 19:07]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on this new species for TN.
A great shot considering the harsh lighting you had to work with as a BG. As you stated they may not have the gorgeous coloration that others do, but they have a beauty all their own. TFS.

Another gorgeous first on TN sounds fantastic Peter! Well done! A perfectly composed image in my opinion. Some gentle traces Chromatic Aberrations is visible with the touch of blue /purple colors on the edge of the birds wings, which is obvious not your fault and can be adjusted easy in Photoshop. If you excuse me I am presenting my own variant in the Workshop with some corrections. Never the less, fantastic and valuable presentation from you again Peter! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hi Peter,
very interesting portrait of these species. Nice colours. Good composition and overall the situation.
Have a nice Sunday.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-21 1:50]

Hello Peter,
never seen this birds also. They look so happy. You have shown its detail of the feather very well.
Nice line and pattern on the breast. Excellent shiny eyes.


hallo Peter
super om weer een soort te plaatsen
vooral voor de vogelaars op TN is dit bijzonder
veel details en mooi kleuren
zaterdagavond weer geen TN
groetjes lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-21 8:58]

Hi Peter.
They are really very cute birds and you managed to pictured them at attractive poses and at natural surroundings. Despite the neutral cloudy sky you have exposure birds and leaves perfectly. I also like tree branch pattern and framing of the scene at whole. My kind regards and wishes.

Bonjour Peter,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien les sujets dans leur environnement ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter.
These pliantain double capture is beautiful on top of the foliage. The details on the chest are well defined and pleasing sharpness against the clear background. Nice catch and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hello Peter
buona composizione dai colori e dalla luce molto bilanciati. Ottimi i dettagli.

Hello Peter
Great capture against a clear sky, I guess that you have used the D-lighting option ?
Very good result
Congratulations for this new posting on TN

Hola Peter

Originales aves bien tomadas, con ese cielo tan claro que ha entorpecido la buena configuración de la imagen, un buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-22 10:27]

Goedenavond Peter,

Ik weet niet of dit een koppel is, maar wat ik mooi vind, de ene draait zijn kop en de andere kijkt rechtdoor, op deze manier zien we beide posities van de vogel.
Inderdaad jullie vormen een mooi trio zoals Gert het noemt.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-11-22 11:50]

Hi Peter,
although the light is a little flat and the focus is a touch soft, you have composed the shot well and used good timing to show this Plaintain Eater talking to his fellow bird! An intriguing looking bird for sure..

Greetings Peter,
a very different kind,
I see for the first time.
I congratulate you on your hand health.

hello Peter

excellent photo of these exotic birds,
fine frontal POV, excellent focus sharpness
and details, the catch-lights render the
photos always more beautiful, great expression
of their glances, TFS


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