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Speckled Mousebird

Speckled Mousebird
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-26 21:29
Viewed: 2053
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was raining heavily in Bukoba, Tanzania on the banks of Lake Victoria. I had lost the hope of seeing any bird during my short stay of two days. Suddenly one afternoon the sky cleared and I saw a pair of Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus) on the shrubs behind the hotel. They are mostly seen in groups or at least in pairs. According to http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-speckled-mousebird.html, “Speckled Mousebird performs sun-bathing, in order to maintain normal body temperature. These birds often feed on fruits low in calories, and Speckled Mousebirds are able to go into torpor during these periods for saving energy. They can reduce their body temperature of up to 20°C, and that explains why solar radiations are necessary. For that, the bird perches on exposed branch with ruffled feathers and wings opened in arc on body sides”. No doubt after the heavy rainfall, the birds were looking desperately for sunshine.

These mousebirds are sedentary in nature and perform their daily activities communally, with constant contact calls. They often have physical contacts when perched very close to each other in trees.

I saw two such birds and after some time one flew away. The bird on the shrub was quite lazy. Unfortunately, I could not get a clear view and was forced climb the fence with my limited acrobatic skills to focus on the birds.

I noticed that when I try to focus on birds or small animals with hairy brown color, I am not getting sharp image. I am forced to sharpen the image later. Am I making mistakes? Would be grateful for suggestions.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-27 7:48]

Hello Bala,
Very nice photo of this Speckled Mousebird in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Good composition and pleasing eye contact.

Hello Bala- I also capture almost same species in Graskop, South Africa. But bird was very far, so I haven't posted here. You have captured well. It's looking not bad with little bit extra sharpness. We cab see its plumage details, as well as its natural colour. I also like catching-light on its eye. Nice composition. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-27 15:42]

Hi Bala,absolutely perfect the capture of this curious specie not often seen on TN,the detail and the colors are very bright,i like the rich composition too with a lot of green.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Very good image, Bala.
This is a new species of birds for me, so thank you for sharing this picture.
The sharpening is just okay; doesn't seems to be over-done.

Hallo Bala
Super good composition with very good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Ciso Bala, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bala,
a delightful shot of the mousebird,perfectly composed with an alert eye and excellent detail in the plumage.
An interesting note to accompany a fine photograph.
Regards Les.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-11-03 15:04]

Hi Bala
This bird, of interesting crest, has proudly posed for you.
Sharp subject and excellent depth of field.


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