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A Song For Ram - TBN 8


A Song For Ram - TBN 8
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Birds, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 HZ DG Macro, Digital ISO 100, UV 62mm Kenko
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, Wildlife of Africa, Birds of Africa, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 1, 100 points or more (Chapter 3), A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1), Touched by Nature, Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Birds of South Africa 2, 5 favs. and up - PART 4, Alex99 favorite shots, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, My Dedications ;o) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 9:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mocking Cliff-chat - Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris

The 8th delivery of the "Touched by Nature" series.

The air was filled with late afternoon bird-calls as I was sitting in the Mphafa hide in the south-western region of the Hluhluwe-iMfoloze Game Reserve. The Mphafa hide is situated at the top of a rocky cliff that over looks a waterhole and in the wet season there would actually be a small water fall running over the cliff. Down below, in the waterhole, a lazy crocodile was lethargically playing with his food, a couple of day's old, half eaten, impala carcass. A thirsty nyala ewe wanted to drink some water, but as she came close to the water the crocodile swam towards the ewe and she frantically jumped for safety. The crocodile watched her for a while and then returned to continue playing with his impala carcass. I witnessed how the "power of thirst" overcame the most basic instinct of fear in the ewe as she returned to the water, time and time again, and after this scene was repeated some 3 or 4 times I had captured enough photos of the event.

Meanwhile some warthogs appeared and they were wallowing in the mud of a little side pool. Two nyala bulls approached and they were lost in their own little mock battle while 8 zebras also arrived at the waterhole. All this activity kept me busy or focused at the waterhole and the adjoining sandy area of the dry riverbed so I wasn't really paying any attention to my direct surroundings. That's when I got touched by nature. Actually I got such a fright when this little Mocking cliff-chat unexpectedly plonked down right beside me on the wooden "window" sill of the hide. Fearless she sat there, about 1.5 metres from me. She gave me the stare down and started to sing the most beautiful melodic song that any birder could only dream of. At first I sat mesmerized by this sudden and brazen appearance that I almost forgot to try and take some photos even though I was sitting with the camera in my hand. The only problem was that I had the 500mm lens screwed on to the camera and that meant I had to take a chance to get my 28-300mm lens on to the camera.

This little bird showed no fear during my frantic activities and after I changed the lenses she even gave me ample time to capture her onto my flash memory. Of course I thanked her affectionately and appropriately and after that she departed while I sat there awestruck and wondering just how does some chance encounter like this happen. Often times you work your butt off and just cannot get near to any subject to get a decent photo. This time the subject came straight too me and she gave me all the time I needed to photograph her.

When nature touches you in such a wonderful way, you tend to stay "touched" for quite a while after that. I know, I did.

**Note 1: Please view the workshop as well which shows a profile shot of this little bird. Although these birds are not rare, it is only the 2nd posting of this species on TrekNature.

**Note 2: You are most welcome to view my other postings in my theme called "Touched by Nature".

This one is dedicated to our good friend Mr. Ram Thakur (ramthakur). Never judge a book by its cover (not that there is anything wrong with his cover, I suppose). Ram is no ordinary school master. He is a terrific guy, a stately personage, a great lover of nature, a splendid photographer, one of the most prolific members on TrekNature, a magnificent friend, and also a BLOG writer par-excellence who is "IN TANDEM WITH HIS MUSES" (chuckle). Apart for his love to photograph Indian butterflies or Saudi Arabian flies and cockroaches he also excels in bird photography. That is why I dedicate this lovely songbird to my friend. Thanks for your generous and undemanding friendship.

Taxonomic Classification

KINGDOM
: Animalia (animals)
SUBPHYLUM: Vertebrata (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, & mammals)
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Passeriformes (perching birds)
FAMILY: Muscicapidae (old world flycatchers)
- The Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae is a large family of small passerine birds restricted to the Old World. These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, as the name implies, take their prey on the wing.
SUBFAMILY: Saxicolinae (chats, robins, thrushes, shamas, bushchats, stonechats, & redstarts)
- Chats (formerly sometimes known as Chat-thrushes) are a group of small Old World insectivorous birds formerly classed as members of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered Old World flycatchers.

Other Names
Also known as: Bambara Cliff-Chat; Abyssinian Cliff-Chat, Ethiopian Cliff-chat, or Common Cliff-chat.

Dassievoël (Afrikaans), iQumutsha-lamawa (Zulu), Roodbuik-kliftapuit (Dutch), Traquet à ventre roux (French), Rotbauchschmätzer (German), Roquero Imitador (Spanish, Sassicola ventrecannella (Italian), アカハラガケビタキ (Japanese), Sangklippeskvett (Norwegian), Klippedrossel (Danish), Smolarek rdzawobrzuchy (Polish), Bělořit oranžovobřichý (Czeck) and Chasco-poliglota (Portuguese).

Description
A smallish bird with stocky build, stout legs, and relatively short wings, but somewhat larger than a house sparrow. The male's black plumage, bright chestnut (rufous) belly, vent and rump, and white shoulder patch are diagnostic.

Height: 19-23cm
Weight: ±48g

Female: Slaty black (to grey) head, back, wings and tail, chestnut below, and lacking a white patch on wing.
Juvenile: Resembles the female.

Distribution
Found in the western parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the eastern parts of South Africa. Also in Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.

Habitat
At home in riverine forests and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees or close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams. Often found at the bases of cliffs, wooded or rocky slopes, and boulder strewn hillsides.

Behaviour
Usually in small groups. Runs quickly over the ground, rocks or thick branches, sometimes with tail raised.

Food
They forage for food on the ground, or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds and also drink nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy. They will also take insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially and killed in typical "flycatcher" manner.

Reproduction
Mocking cliff-chats are monogamous which means that they find and breed with one partner for the rest of their lives. They lay between 2-4 eggs which are coloured blue. The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

Call
A loud, melodious mixture of mimicked bird songs, hence the name "Mocking".

Conservation status
Common but localised resident. Source.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-14 10:00]

Hello Loot. What a fantastic close up of this bird i have not seen so thanks for posting. thanks to Tn over the last 18mth i have learnt so much about nature. A fine detication to Ram. Your bird has sharp focusing and fine detail rich colours and a good POV. TFS. Interesting notes too.
Nick..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-14 10:00]

Hello Loot,
Wonderful photo with amazing clear colours and excellent sharpness. Lovely pose. Great composition, catchlight in the eye, POV and BG.
Very, very beautiful!
Have a nice weekend,
Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-14 10:08]

Hi Loot,

This was one of those rare golden opportunities and you took full advantage of it. A magnificent close-up of this bird I have not seen before. Everything about this shot is perfect. The colors and shadings of the plummage are exceptional. Fine details of the entire bird. The expression on his face and the beautiful eye are priceless. I love the profile in the workshop 0 you captured two wonderful poses.

Jane

Hello Mr.Loot,
Delighted to see such a wonderful posting and a nice dedication of Cliff-Chat to Mr.Ram!
perfect close up with excellent sharpness, awesome colouration and superb details on the bird!
the clarity on the plummage is perfect!
many thanks for the sharing
greeting from NZ
Tony

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 10:14]

Hello Loot,
Yes, things often happen when you least expect them!! How lucky you were to have this beautiful bird posing so nicely for you! Its a real beauty in wonderful colours and details are very sharp. A fine background too and well composed.
This is a very fine dedication to our dear friend Ram!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Sir!

A very fine dedication to Sir.Ram.
Good composition and shrpness . I have no words to say about this picture.TFS
Akshay

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-06-14 10:28]

Hello Loot,
Excellent and superb shot. Great clarity and excellent sharpness. Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-14 11:17]

Hi Loot,
Wonderful capture of this bird.Details are crisp clear and tack sharp.POV,pose of bird,colors,contrast and composition are perfect.I liked simple BG and catchlight in eyes also a lot.
Thanks for posting.

The plumage is very well captured, Loot.
I would not like to say anything technically to a master...but it's an awesome shot!
And this shot could be Ram Sirs'! Here, your styles are very similar!
Very well done, Loot!
Goldy

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-14 12:25]

Hi Loot,

Stunning capture of this pretty bird with a lovely name.
I really like the pose with the bird in profile but with its head turned towards you.
Very nice feather details and perfect exposure.
Beautiful colours and I like the light in the eye too.

Hil

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-14 13:52]

Extremely sharp image, Loot!!
Stunning detail and excellent clarity.
Nice colours and great use of flash.
Superb DOF too.

Very well done!

Cheers,
Joe

Hello Loot

Mr. Ram Thakur is beslis bevooreg om so 'n mooie toewyding te ontvang. Dit is voorwaar 'n pragtige dedikasie - humoristies dog diepsinnig. En wat 'n pragtige voëltjie om daarmee saam te gaan. Diep kleure met daardie wynrooi onderstel met duidelike en baie skerp besonderhede. So ook vir die aanvullende werkswinkel foto.

Nog 'n uitsonderlike puik stukkie werk vanuit jou lens en jou pen en nogeens die rede hoekom ek so baie van jou werk hou.

Groete
Rehanna

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-14 14:26]

Hi Loot

Excellent pose and POV. Excellent isolation of the subject and great detail throughout.

James

Hello Loot,
Excellent image and photographer's note.
Scrolling to the image again. Here we are:-).
Nicely done. Very close close up. Unknown bird for yours truly but definitely a beautiful one.
I verified the KNP map 'cause I thought it wasn't listed but I was wrong it is actually.
Very good job.
TFS
Annick

Hallo Loot
Now this is what I call sheer magic. An absolute feast to the eye. Wonderful colours, excellent sharpness and splendid details. Beautiful and harmonious composition. The technical quality of this shot of this Mocking Cliff-chat is extraordinary. Exposure is masterly done, not a single spot is overexposed. You could not have chosen a better photo as this one to dedicate to our friend Ram. It is absolutely splendid. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. This is an amazingly beautiful photo and will be going straight to my favourites. I like the way of the pose showing its profile and the frontal view of its face. There is nothing else to add here besides that this shot is perfect! Thanks for sharing.
Love.
Anna

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-15 0:47]

Hello Loot,
What a great area for nature you live in and it is a fine thing to appreciate it like you do. I guess this male Cliff Chat made an appearance and sung just for your benefit and to pass the spirit of this appearance on to our friend Ram is eminently suitable.
You do this in the form of a fine image with not only superb technical attributes with excellent use of flash, but also a great capture of the cliff Chat's pose.
Nice to look in and thanks for sharing both the image and the note.
Regards,
Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-15 2:36]

Hi Loot,

A very nice capture and what a model as she just waited on your changing of lenses,maybe a common bird,but I havent seen them around (on TN),thanks for sharing this one and I guess ram is quite happy with this one,tfs

Paul

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-15 3:14]

Both images are so nice of the beautiful little Mocking cliff-chat. Well captured too.
And the Google map is so clear - thank you Loot for showing that to us. What a landscape...
And your notes - very thorough and interesting - I could just about picture myself there.
Kia ora
Janice

Hi Loot
Great shot with wonderful detail and lovely color tones in the feathers
tfs jon

Hi Loot

Great note. Great experience. Birding and photography in SA is so different to here. We have no "hides" and no big dangerous fauna, except for crocodiles in the tropical part of the continent.

Anyway, great shot, love the pose. Excellent sharpness as usual.

its late and I'm off to bed
see ya
Chris

Hi Loot,
What a wonderful brid and what a wonderful pose he gave you. The red under belly has a really stricking color and I am sure that once in the air this is show even better.
I am always searching for the photographer in the reflection in the eye, but I think that this time the flash made it impossible.

Its probably my high ress monitor, but I do see a fair amount of noise in the right wing of the bird. Especially in the darker part closer to the tip of the wing. Did you do some adjustments in shadows?

TFS,
Niek

Hi Loot,

In the first place I put this beautiful and colorful bird as favorite. What a fantastic close up of this bird. What an amazing colours. The clarity on the plummage is perfect.

As always you did a perfect job to do this dedication to our dear friend Ram.

Regards and TFS BOB

Wonderful pose & POV Loot,
Good to hear this beauty waited on you to change out your lens..
She must've liked ya..You really must stop winkin' at the pretty girls, Anna may get jealous ;}
Very well composed with excellent details, DOF, color, bokeh, and exposure..And that's about enough chat about this chat :)
Howard

Hi loot
absolute great capture
pefect sharpness nice action shot
concrulations
Toba

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-16 9:56]

Hi Loot.
First of all I impressed with heartiness of your dedication to our dear friend Mr. Ram Thakur a lot. You have found so touching words for him. You have dedicate to him amazing of subject and quality shot. Terrific details, sharpness and colour reproduction of the plumage and other fine details of the beauty. BG is so wonderful as main subject. Composition of the image and framing are spot on too. Simply great work. My congratulations.
Alexei.

Hi Loot
Is sy nie pragtig nie? Ongelooflike styl en houding wat jy hier vasgevang het, en die kleure vloei so mooi in mekaar. Goeie interesante notas maak hierdie foto baie spesiaal. Jou fotos is nog steeds een mooier as die ander en dit is baie moeilik om enige van jou fotos uit te sonder.
Groete
Betsie

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2008-06-17 1:44]

Hi Loot
She is so cute with the contrasting black wings and plumage agains the red belly and back. The fokus is nice and sharp showing all the details of the feathers. She is looking straight at you and as your notes say, it does not seem like she is showing any fear at all. The dedication to Ram is well done and I am sure he will enjoy it whenever he sees it some day(?). Your total posting is once again an example of how it should be done: good photo with excellent informative as well as entertaining notes.
Greetings
AC

Hi Loot,
Shame-faced and sufficiently reprimanded by AC (Dyker), I stand at your door-step to apologize for my laxity.
That this wonderful dedication should go unnoticed by its recipient for more than two days is something I cannot forgive myself for.

To convey my deep sense of guilt, first of all, I thank you from the core of my heart for bestowing this great honour on me.
However, laxity on my part was unintentional. At this juncture, it would be appropriate to express my heart-felt gratitude to AC for reminding me of my ignorance about the dedication.

Coming to your picture of a Cliff-chat, it is not just a fantastic image in technical and aesthetic terms; it is the capture of an intense emotional moment when the rapport between you and this bird transcended the ordinary and turned into a sublime experience. The bird, despite its awareness of your presence, held its ground on the strength of its will and alllowed you to take its pictures from a hand-shaking distance before flying away. It is not a common, everyday experience and it has happened with me once or twice.
The other day I mentioned this, most probably to Ulla, (senility is creeping on me already!) that some of us (nature photographers) at some stage or the other become empowered with the ability to transmit some kind of "message" to the wild creatures that we mean no harm to them and that we care for them. It is a message of pure love. If you would recall my honey-comb pictures taken in Saudi Arabia (besides those of flies, cockroaches and suchlike . . .chuckle!), I had reached a stage with those bees that I would be only inches away from them and they would crawl over my hands and camera. I was no more scared of them and it was the same with them. I would occasionally blow at the honey-comb to disperse them so that I could take close-up pictures of the shape and colour of the intricately crafted comb.
The other day, a Purple Sunbird -- the most frustrating bird I have ever tried to shoot -- landed a foot away from me while I stood near a bush, looking for dragonflies on it. My camera was mounted with 105mm macro and I had no altenative but to use it in capturing a couple of its pictures while it sang and flitted about in the bush totally indifferent to my presence. It is a different matter that the pictures did not turn out any good for which the credit goes entirely to me. I have even posted one of those pictures!

Looks like I have broken your record of the longest critiques on TN (Chuckle!)so I turn tails at this point with deeply felt apology for my oversight and with my heart brimming with gratitude for you for conferring this great honour on me.

Ram

Wow! I can't make up my mind whether you are a better photographer or writer! Both the photo and writeup are excellent! Well done!
Peter

Hi dear Loot ,
As always another nice shot .
It has great details with nice BG.
sharpness and light are wonderfyl.

Thanks for sharing
Kind regards
Saeed

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-18 20:51]

Hola Sr. Lott.
It is always very nice for Me to see Your great work here, now with this black and red bird, that I never seen before. The sharpness,and light is in high quality level. I also like the pose. I find this note very interesting too.
TFS this beautiful photo Sr. Lott.
Luis52.

Hi Loot,
Superb detailed, clear and perfect capture of this beautiful bird. The plumage details are wonderful my friend! I also loved the the view way that this beauty seems to watch you. Excellency in all around with your great notes.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend.
Cheers,

Bayram

Hallo my friend
I am sure you thought I dissapeared. Sorry but you are still stuck with me. My reading glasses broke and I was literally as blind as a mole. Now that I can see again I see you have put aside the longest note to give my eyes excersises again. I told you before, you are very clever. The information is so interesting I cannot even skip some of the lines, I just have to read it through completely. Very good as always. I always like your notes and I am only pulling your leg on the length of this specific one.

Now to come back to your photo. What a very beautiful and fine looking bird.It has a very special look and grace to it. An excellent photo. I can understand why your fellow members have such an appreciation for your work, and I have seen many critiques on the admiration of your work.
Everything is perfect to me. The colours of the bird as well as the background are outstanding. Excellent work. You deserve a big * star, and if I could I would have wanted to make it a gold star, unfortunately is remains green, no matter how hard I try to change it. Thanks for sharing your talent as photographer. Thanks also for your friendship.
Kind regards
Aaltjie

Hi Loot,
A lovely capture of this beautiful chat bird. A beautiful dedication for Mr. Ram. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi loot!
a very fine bird!
perfect exposure and a very
good sharpness!
well done!

Hi Loot, beautiful bird with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-19 12:22]

Hi Loot,
You are lucky to find such a friendly and co-operative model. The neat background, details and expression you captured look very good. TFS
All the best,
Selen

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-06-19 21:46]

That's a beautiful bird, Loot, and rare to boot.
Have never seen this one with the bright red tummy.
A really rich and unusual color.
Excellent details and pose.
I really enjoyed your story, as usual. : )
I know what you mean by "touched by nature".
I had a similar experience in Hongkong. (Please read note)
TFS. : )

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-19 23:26]

Bonjour,
Magnifique oiseau plein de détails et bonnes explications. Merci pour la critique détaillée.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

Hello Loot, stunning shot of this beutifully cloured bird with excellent details. TFS. Regards,
Deniz

Loot,

Thank you for such kind words you left under my picture! I really appreciate it :)
Now, what a wonderful story this is! Such moments when nature accepts us as equals do not happen too often but when they do, they are worth every second of it. I really wish that animals had no reason to run away from humans but unfortunately, the realities are different. This is one more reason to cherish such wonderful encounters. These are definitely moments to remember. Your theme 'Touched By Nature' describes them very well.
You have done an excellent job photographing this beautiful bird. The colorful plumage and details are shown very well. I really like the bird's curious look. It adds a nice touch to this photograph. This excellent image makes for a superb dedication - very nicely done.
Say hi to Anna, hopefully she'll be 'up and running' in no time.

Best Wishes,

Martin

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-23 21:30]

Hello Loot

A beautiful capture of this Mocking cliff-chat.The focus is razor sharp with lovely plumage detail.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Lovely DOF and excellent pov.
Great job.
TFS

Rob

Hello Loot,
Excellent capture of the Mockinf Cliff - Chat.
Immaculate sharpness and wonderful details caught in the plumage. The POV and DOF are perfect.I liked the pose it gave you. Seems like Mother Nature had sent this little birdie to amuse you with a sweet song for all the kindness and appreciation you show towards Her creatures. A nice dedication to Ram.
Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful shot,
Regards,
Smitha.
P.S.:How are you?

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-01 14:20]

A technically outstanding shot with no weaknesses. I like the pose of the bird, the colors, the eye contact, and the outstanding DOF and background. I enjoyed the workshop photo as well.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-07-01 21:16]

Hey Loot! One more great shot! Beautiful bird, with nice colours and excellent sharpen details! Well taken!
Regards,
Zeca

hello loot,
a fitting dedication to a wonderful tn member Mr. Ram Thakur witha great post, i am sure that he will be delighted and so am i with this fine posting,
excellent work once again,
tfs & regards
pankaj

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  • lawbert Gold Star Critiquer [C: 333 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-22 9:14]

Hi Loot
Just marking for now
Paul

Dear Loot,
very beautiful, deeply touching, enormously rich posting.
My mind was flying far away from my desk while reading your passionate notes to that excellent, closely taken picture.
Thank you my dear friend.
With all my best wishes,
Peter

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-23 4:26]

Hello Loot, nicely composed image, great sharpness and perfect back ground, the light and exposure are fine, thanks!

Mario

Hi Loot,
This is a superb specie! What a beautiful creature. You capture a nice pose with super sharp details, excellent exposure and composition. Thanks for the bonus picture in WS. Regards,
Claudine

Hello Loot,
Any dedication by you for a veteran like Ram has to be something special. I appreciate that well & make this bird's photograph reach century (100 points) with my submission........ :). TFS Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
Regards-Subhash

Very, very beautiful!

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