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Mousebird 2

Mousebird 2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-02 1:18
Viewed: 2187
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The mousebirds are a small group of (possibly near passerine) birds which have no known close affinities to other groups, though they and the parrots and cockatoos (Psittaciformes) may be closer to each other than to other birds. The mousebirds are therefore given order status as Coliiformes. This group is confined to sub-Saharan Africa, and is the only bird order confined entirely to that continent. They had a wider range in prehistoric times and apparently evolved in Europe.
They are slender greyish or brown birds with soft, hairlike body feathers. They are typically about 10 centimetres in body length, with a long, thin, tail a further 20-24 centimetres in length, and weigh 45-55 grams. They are arboreal and scurry through the leaves like rodents, in search of berries, fruit and buds. This habit, and their legs, gives rise to the group's English name. They are acrobatic, and can feed upside down. All species have strong claws and reversible outer toes. They also have crests and stubby bills.

Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about twenty in lightly wooded country.

These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. 2-4 eggs are typically laid, hatching to give quite precocious young which soon leave the nest and acquire flight.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200

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Great shot George, hard to get them in open. Saw plenty when I was there in 2010, but always behind brnaches and leaves. Good sharpness and attractive composition


Good shot of this nice little bird that is behaving strangly. regards

Hello George,
Very beautiful and charming photo, wonderful composition, perfect sharpness. Very interesting bird, he has a funny bristly feathers.

Hello George

Very beautiful photo, i love the contrast of the
color tones, fine POV, wonderful eye-contact with
the catch-light, great focus sharpness details, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-02 6:35]

Hello George,
Very luminous picture of a species of bird which I don't know well. You had the chance to catch this grey Mousebird on this tree with yellow fruits (what kind?) which seem to be liked by the bird. Natural and interesting picture.
Un grand merci

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6522 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2012-02-02 13:32]

Hi George,impressive capture in a very difficult position,i lik the perfect focus on this little mousebird and the great colors.The rich composition too make the difference.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Nice shot, they are difficult to photograph.

omg! George,
when did you post this? oh well, may be when i was shut in my pupa. never mind, at least i have not missed it. now what should i say about this photograph? amazing! first of all, this is a new bird to me. secondly, the light here is so natural... the fruits, the stems, their shadows... all add to perfection, and here, by perfection i mean, originality.
thanks for sharing. it was a good pic to feel the essence of reality. as if i was there.
keep posting the wonderful works of your team... you and your 5D :)

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