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Cape Rock Thrush

Cape Rock Thrush
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II, Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-28 14:17
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Cape Rock Thrush (Monticola Rupestris)

This picture was taken on a trip to Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province. This is one of my favourite birds; so beautiful. It is a male Cape Rock Thrush.

The Cape Rock-Thrush is a member of the thrush family of birds. This rock thrush breeds in eastern and southern South Africa. It is a common endemic resident, non-migratory apart from seasonal altitudinal movements in some areas.

This species breeds in mountainous rocky areas with scattered vegetation. It lays 2-3 eggs in a cup nest in a rock cavity or on a ledge. It eats a wide range of insects and other small animals, and some berries.

This is a large stocky rock thrush 19-21 cm in length . The summer male has a blue-grey head, orange underparts and outer tail feathers, and brown wings and back.

Females have a brown head, but their underparts are a much richer orange than those of other female rock thrushes. The outer tail feathers are reddish, like the male's. Immatures are like the female , but the upperparts have buff spots and the underparts show black scaling.

The male Cape Rock Thrush has a whistled song tsee-tsee-tseet-chee-chweeeoo, and occasionally mimics other birds.


                Camera: Canon 20D
           Camera mode: Av
           Time of day: 15H47
                  Date: 4 August 2007
                  Lens: Canon 100-400mm IS USM
          Focal Length: 400mm
         Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
                F-Stop: F/5.6
               Support: Hand Held
                   ISO: 200
    Original file type: Raw (CR2)

Source: Wikipedia

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-28 16:07]

Hi Jan,

It's so nice to see a post from you again! You selected a beautiful bird for your return - one that I have not seen before. His colors are exquisite - nature comes up with the best color combinations. Excellent clarity - each feather stands out. Hope to see lots more from you.


Excellent close up Jan. Great detail,sharpness and color.
Very well done!!

Nice sharp capture.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-28 21:50]

Hello Jan,
Nice to see a post from you again!
Excellent close-up of this beautiful Thrush. I like its pose and the beautiful light. Excellent sharpness and fine colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-29 0:05]

Hi Jan!

Good capture of this colorfull bird. Nice light, sharpness and POV. Good pose with eye contact.

Ciao Jan,
meravigliosa cattura di questo bellissimo uccello, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione verticale con la bella posa laterale e la luce riflessa nell'occhio, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio, bellissimi i colori e BG.
Grazie e complimenti.

This is a wonderfully sharp image Jan. It is an effective pose showing the profile of the head and nice catchlight in the eye. He is nicely isolated from the out of focus background.

Evelynn : )

Hello Jan Hendrik,
Thank you for your critiques.
This is an excellent photo!
And you mentioned it in your photographer's note: it is a beautiful bird.
I verified where Thabazimbi is situated. You forced me to leave the safe haven called Kruger:-) And it is actually situated close to Botswana.
Once again..excellent photography!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-29 13:29]

Hi Jan. It make me wonder some time why mother nature give a bird a different colour head like this . You have good detail in the feathers with natural looking colours. A nice side view with light in the eye. well done TFS

Hi Jan

It is indeed a beautiful bird and expertly captured by yourself.
Excellent sharpness
Excellent composition
Great POV and DOF
Great background


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-31 5:53]

Hello Jan Hendrick,
A perfect sharp frontal portrait of a Cape Rock Thrush with the head turned to complete the picture. Technically first class.
Regards, Ivan

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-31 12:04]

hi Jan Hendrik
superbe image, je suis admiratif de la qualité obtenue des détails du plumage. Les couleurs sont bien misent en valeur par la lumière.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-01 3:58]

Hello Jan, this is a very nice capture and with superb eye focus. Brilliant shot. Thanks for visiting my gallery and spending time. Ganesh

I am pleasantly stunned at the technical excellence and remarkable beauty of this lovely portrait, Jan.
At shutter speed 1/1000 and with good ambient light, you have created a masterpiece.
Thanks and regards.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-08-12 19:26]

Bonsoir Jan,

Superbe oiseau et parfaite photo.
Bravo et merci pour le partage.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-19 16:03]

It is an attractive bird Jan-Hendrik.
Good shot showing off its strange but striking colours.
NIce and sharp, the focus is excellent

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-26 4:57]

Hi Jan,
Outstanding shot of this cute looking Cape Rock Thrush with amazing colours and details on its plumage. Nice pose captured and great handling of lighting and exposure. Looks very elegant. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this nice image.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-27 19:18]

Excellent shot Jan-Hendrik! Great details and perfect exposure, a true beuty, well done, thanks!



Very sharp and detailed pic. I enjoy the composition, OOF BG, POV and DOF of the posted pic.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-05 5:53]

Hi Jan-Hendrik,
It's a great capture. Pose you captured, frontal POV, light, catchlight in the eye, eyecontact, focus, sharpness and details in the plumage are very good. Well done and TFS
All the best,

What a beauty! Excellent details, sharpness and light.

I have never seen a picture of this species! nice and close.

Hi Jan,
a great shot, very good sharpness, beautiful colours and nice expression of the bird. Congratulations to all your wonderfull pictures. I enjoy very much.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-05-26 23:51]

Hello Jan !
Wow, this is such a wondeful picture ! First, the bird in itself is beautiful, I love this grey cap. Then, you have captured him with great skill. Details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the bird, everything is perfect. Very well done !

Bonjour Jan
Je suis impressionnée par cette photo, car la qualité de la lumière et la beauté des couleurs sont fantastiques.
Merci et au revoir...JP!

Fine details Jan, excellent DOF, color and light..
Nicely framed, great catchlight too :)
Well done & have good week!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-19 15:17]

Hi Jan Hendrik

Yes please, I'll have 2 thanks.

Ek het bietjie lanklaas by jou besoek afgelê en ek sien jy het duidelik pragtige
materiaal gelaai. Jammer man, ek pleit totaal skuldig.

This is one cute little bird and you have really done justice to its beauty. You've
captured and posted a wonderful shot of this beautiful Cape Rock Thrush. Every
little feather in its place and accounted for. The BG is great and with the darkish
OOF colouration it did a fine job to compliment the subject. The colours are just
stunning and the tiny catchlight gives life to the black eye.

Well done and TFS.

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