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Eastern Bristlebird

Eastern Bristlebird
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-26 4:32
Viewed: 5848
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I present an extremely rare bird, an Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus). There are three species of bristlebird in Australia and all three are very localised in their distribution and each species having a total population of probably less than 1,000 individuals.
The Eastern Bristlebird lives in a very specialised habitat dominated by open woodland with a very dense heath-like understorey. Additionally, this habitat needs to be adjacent to open heathland which the birds venture into during the day to forage for insects. There are only a few such places in eastern Australia and although they are all now protected in national parks, the biggest threat in from wildfires destroying the entire available habitat in a single fire event.
Bristlebirds are characterised by four stiff bristle-like feathers at the base of the bill. You can clearly see this feature in the WORKSHOP image. The purpose of the “bristles” is unknown.
They are a very secretive species, rarely leaving the dense understorey where photography is impossible. Even though I live near Budderoo National Park (where this shot was taken), and I have seen them many times over the years, this was only the second occasion I’ve managed to get a shot in 30 years. So, perhaps its not a prize winning result, but I’m very happy with this image in particular.
The Eastern Bristlebird is 22 cm in length and breed from August to November.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-26 4:35]

Hello Chris, my neighbor. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well shot and good clarity. Composition and focus is fine. Natural sorroundings and lovely POV. Ganesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-26 4:54]

Hi chris,
congrats! you got this rare bird, good image, atlast. your notes and the image may serve as a good reference for bird lovers. well done.

Hello Chris,
Thanks for sharing rare bird image,very nice details and composition,superb sharpness,

Hi Chris,

Very nice capture of this Eastern Bristlebird with good pose and composition, nice BG and colours and sharp details.



Hello Chris, splendid shot of this cute Eastern Bristlebird. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

Hi Chris,
Great bird shot - it seems like beside being master of Australian fungi You're also very good at photographing Your local birds. And this is good.
Perfect composition and DOF, nice natural colors, great POV. Even the branch the bristlebird sits on is focused well, too.
Very minor background noise on the other side, but it doesn't count too much.
Congrats for capturing such a rare bird, my today's photo also shows a local ultra-rarity. Seems like we both had extreme luck. :)
Tfs, best regards, László

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-26 7:05]

Congratulations Chris!
Not only have you captured a rarity that must be first on TN, but you present this Eastern BristleBird sharply, from a great POV and in a fine composition among the branches. The WS showing the bristles is a bonus!
TFS this excellent contribution,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-26 8:57]

Bonjour Chris, first of all, your gallery is stunning and Australia's wildlife fascinating to me. And this picture is superb, I like the natural colours and the pose of the bird. I guess you've been very lucky to be able to catch a picture of this rare bird, congratulations. Thanks for the good notes too!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-26 9:49]

Hi Chris,
You are lucky to see and photograph this species. Good focusing among the branches. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-26 10:47]

Hi Chris,

Congratulations on capturing this rare bird - and how beautiful it is. He is posing perfectly for you. Excellent details of the entire bird. Colors and shadings are wonderful. A lovely setting and composition.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-26 13:13]

Hello Chris,
Perfect capture of this beautiful Eastern Bristlebird in all aspects. TFS.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-26 13:58]

Ola Chris
Bela foto desta ave com incriveis detalhs e cores, a nitidez esta muito boa e a luminosidade tambem.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-26 18:12]

Hello Chris,
I think its great when someone finds a rarity and to capture it so well is a real bonus. Your images are both sharp and well composed with great natural looking colors. Thanks Chris.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-26 19:17]

Hi Chris , congratulations on your rare find , that is great. wonderful that you made good the opportunity with a fine capture , thanks for sharing it

Hi Chris,

Stunning shot of this beautiful bristlebird in all around. Great DOF, POV and framing. TFS my friend.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-28 22:19]

Hello Chris

I have never seen a bristlebird before.
Excellent pov and dof.
Well focused with very good plumage detail.
Lovely eye detail and catch light.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-02 9:15]

Hello Chris,
Excellent capture of the interesting and rare Bristlebird showing its nice tail feathers. Great sharpness, natural colours and well composed. A good note too! What a pity Ivan isn't here to see it!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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