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grey headed bush shrike

grey headed bush shrike
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Copyright: Paul Bright (paulbright) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 238] (2764)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-06 0:38
Viewed: 4645
Points: 2
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grey headed bush shrike - Malaconotus blanchoti
this bird has got one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
In Afrikaans language its called Spook VoŽl which means ghost sound owing to the mystic spooky vocal.

This shot was taken under some difficult conditions, it took a while before I spotted this beauty and then I had wait for a while before it moved to some place where I could just make an okay shot.
Got this shot at Letaba camp in KNP

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To loot: thanks a lot!paulbright 1 07-13 01:14
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
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Hi Paul
I can believe you worked hard for this photo as these birds do not like to show themselves. You hear it often, but you seldom see it. That is another reason why it is called a 'spook voŽl' or ghost bird. Its 'tiek-tiek-oooop' sound can drive you crazy as you try to find the bird. You can hear it in a specific tree and you can search and search and search, but no bird. All you get is that 'tiek-tiek-oooop'. It is almost just as illusive trying to find it on 'Google's' image page as you only find 5 photos on the whole internet.
I like your composition although it might be considered as an awkward POV. However, what you can see of the bird is fine, with excellent colours, sharp details (especially in the facial region), and the exposure was well handled considering the fact this the photo was taken of a bird sitting right in the canopy of the tree and lighting must have been very limited..
Well done and TFS.

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