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Bare-eyed Thrush

Bare-eyed Thrush
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-25 4:00
Viewed: 6268
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This well-known bird, also called the "Golden-eye Thrush" or the"Big eye Grive", is wide spreaded in Tobago. I shot this one in the garden of the Arnos Vale hotel. I guess it had just a drink somewhere because it looks a bit wet on the chest.
It habitats semi-open suburban areas with large trees, secondary forest and cultivated lands. It is less common at higher altitudes and not known at all in true rain forest. Mainly brown in colour, its lower underparts are pale grey, and its throat is streaked brown. Its most conspicuous feature is a large, bare, golden-yellow eye-ring, which gives it a strangestaring appearance. Like many thrushes, it sings musically but with less variety and power than most other Tobagan thrushes.
This species feeds on a variety of fruits, insects and worms, mostly taken from the ground, and it readily comes for scraps. It nests during the early rainy season, building a substantial nest of mud and plant material, which is situated in the fork of a tree. Usually three eggs are laid; they are blue with dark brown spots.

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  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-25 4:17]

Great capture of this bird, Zeno.
Love the pose. Great POV and composition.
Wish the BG were of a more contrasting color to the bird.
Great details.
TFS. : )

Nice one, Zeno!
Like pose of the bird in your frame, ditto about BG as (manyee) said.

Hi Zeno

Great pose from this guy. Looks very alert. Nice colour tones too. Good work. TFS.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-08-25 5:22]

Super colours, super BG, super compo!

Really great!

Hello Zeno, nice picture of this wonderfull bird taken in a paradise island.
Well done.


  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-25 5:58]

Hello Zeno, I like your smart composition. This pretty bird has lovely eyes ;-) The tones of the nice background match with the colors of the Grive. Exposure, DOF and sharpness are excellent. Bravo my friend !

Hi Zeno,
An excellent shot. The overall composition and framing look perfect. Great pose adds so much to the shot. Nice colors and sharp detail. Well seperated from the beautiful OOF backround. EXCELLENT!

great pose and composition with excelletn DOF.


Hello Zeno, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect detail, nice blured BG, Perfet POV and framing, TFS Kyle

Bonjour Zeno
Felicitation pour cette belle presentation ,c'est un magnifique oiseau avec de belles couleurs et de beaux détails.J'aime bien la pose sur cette branche.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-08-25 11:35]

Hi Zeno,

Terrific shot of a bird I've not heard of before. The pose, composition and excellent choice of background make this a very special shot. TFS.

Regards, Mark.

Hello Zeno,
this is a great photo from this bird. Excellent sharpness, great colours and great POV. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for sharing.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-25 23:42]

Hi Zeno

Lovely bird .The colours are very good.I like the nice BG.Good on the DOF and POV.Nicely composed and presented.TFS


hi zeno
bien que je trouve cette photo interressante, j'ai fait un WS.

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-26 15:17]

Great composition, lovely colours, details, light and composition

Well captured, great pose and composition.
Good lighting, sharpness and DOF.

Hi Zeno!!! Great shot, love the light!!!


Very nice composition and a great pose from the bird. The BG and its colour is awesome.



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