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Jacobin Cuckoo

Jacobin Cuckoo
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: 2017-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2019-03-02 2:05
Viewed: 386
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please look at the workshop photo where you can see the bird in front.

The Jacobin Cuckoo, Pied Cuckoo, or Pied Crested Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival.

This medium-sized, slim black and white cuckoo with a crest is distinctive. The white wing patch on the black wing and the pattern make it unmistakable even in flight. They are very vocal during the breeding season. The call is a ringing series of whistling notes "piu-piu" with the calls of the nominate form more rapid and slightly mellower.

Distribution, habitat and diet
The species is distributed south of the Sahara in Africa and south of the Himalayas in India. Also found in Sri Lanka and parts of Myanmar. Within Africa, there are movements of the species although they are resident in tropical Africa. The habitat of the species is mainly in thorny, dry scrub or open woodland avoiding areas of dense forest or extremely dry environments.

These cuckoos feed on insects including hairy caterpillars that are picked up from near or on the ground. Caterpillars are pressed from end to end to remove the guts before they are swallowed. They sometimes feed on fruits.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Nice shot.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-02 8:37]

Dag Peter,

Leuk dat die koekoeken er in het buitenland vaak weer heel anders uit zien dan in Nederland. Zwart met wit is altijd voor een fotograaf weer een lastige combinatie.
Ik vermoed dat ook hier weer iets sprake is van front focus. De doortekening op de rug en de flanken is iets beter dan op de kop en de snavel. Het zou natuurlijk ook zo kunnen zijn dat je op het lijf hebt scherp gesteld en dan is de scherpte weer oke. Wist je dat je dat zelf heel makkelijk kunt corrigeren. Op internet zijn calibratiekaarten te downloaden waarmee je heel makkelijk de scherpte kunt aanpassen. Ook mijn (nikon)lenzen hadden vrijwel allemaal te maken met frontfocus. Door iets meer in de plus af te stellen kun je e.e.a. aanpassen.

Hello Peter,
I have also captured this Jacobin in December. Well captured. Nice background and light. I prefer your WS picture too. Very well captured even in such unfriendly(branches)location.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-02 12:07]

Hi Peter,excellent post dedicated to this species that we can see in 2 different perspective,excellent details in a correct exposure. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Excellent details and colors. A lovely composition.

Yet another gem of a picture from your South Africa trip, Peter.
Despite difficult light conditions, you have obtained a lovely shot of this Cuckoo.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-03 22:14]


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