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Kalahari Scrub Robin

Kalahari Scrub Robin
Photo Information
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: 2017-11-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-02-26 1:43
Viewed: 287
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kalahari Scrub Robin (Cercotricha paena) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is sometimes known as the Sandy Scrub Robin.

It is found in southern Angola, Botswana, Namibia, northern South Africa, and Zimbabwe, where it occurs in sandveld with low trees and scrub, on the edges of woodland, and in savanna. It will also inhabit human-altered environments including old fields and gardens. The species is common and not considered threatened by human activities.

The Kalahari Scrub Robin is a seasonal breeder, with the season stretching from August to February, and peaking in November, also the peak of the wet season. The species is monogamous and territorial. Females are responsible for constructing the nest, which are weaved of shrubs and grasses and placed in low thorny bushes. The nest building stage takes around 5 days. The average clutch size is about two, although clutch size is bigger later in the season. Only the female incubates the eggs, the male defends the nest, aggressively attacking intruders and warning when predators approach. The incubation lasts around 12 days. Having hatched the female removes the eggshells from the nests and drops them away from the nest to disguise the nest from potential predators. After hatching the female broods the chicks for a between 3–7 days. The chicks are altricial when they hatch, and take around 12 days to fledge.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture. Excellent clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this interesting and lovely specie.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-02-26 3:03]

Hi Peter,perfect capture of this scrub robin living in the south part of african continent,interesting species and an excellent sharpness,bright colors too. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-02-26 17:58]

Great capture, Peter, with the best sharpness and dof.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-02-27 0:51]


Very beautiful capture, Peter.
I like the colour tone of this image.

Hello Peter,
Almost camouflage in the background. Beautiful shot and species. Excellent details and focus.
Thanks and regards,

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