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White-winged Scrub-Robin

White-winged Scrub-Robin
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 6:58
Viewed: 5778
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another presentation of a new bird for TN: The White-winged Scrub-Robin, cercotrichas leucophrys leucoptera.

It has wing coverts broadly edged with white, forming large white panel on folded wing.
More white on the wings and red on the back than the White-browed Scrub-Robin, cercotrichas leucophrys leucophrys.
About 15 cm.

Habitat: Woodland and savanna; favours drier habitats than most other scrub-robins.

Status: Locally common in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Kenia.

Voice: Harsh ‘trrrrr’ alarm note; fluty but repetive song; characteristic call at dawn and dusk is whistled ‘seeep po go’.

Source: Mostly: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.

izler, wishnugaruda, matatur, Dis. Ac., crs, Argus, siggi, haraprasan, jaycee, nglen, maurydv, CeltickRanger, uleko, boreocypriensis, hester, ferranjlloret, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-03 7:00]

merhaba peter
TN sitesine yeni tür girdiğin için kutlarım
belki biraz kuşdan belki de biraz ortamdan netlik sorunları olsa da güzel bir tür sunmuşsun
bilgi notun da faydalı oldu
eline sağlık

Hi Peter,
that's wonderful - the colours of the bird are also in the BG, that's a pretty arrangement.
This bird is beautiful, very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-03 7:16]

Hello Peter,
what a wonderful capture of this
beautiful robin, great
definition and colour.
Thank you for the note
Have a very nice day

Interesting species displaying great concordance with the colour scheme of the natural surroundings Peter, a good capture showing the salient features of the bird clearly. TFS this fine image.

Hallo Peter,

mooi laag standpunt bij deze foto.
Mooie kleuren en goede presentatie van deze vogel.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-03 9:27]

Hello Peter,

You are showing an interesting bird I have never seen before. Bird's plumage is well shown even if the image is somehow soft. Colors are looking fine and there is a fine match with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-03 9:28]

Hello Peter,
Congratualtions on yet another new species for TN!
Though this is not one of your best images, this White-winged Scrub Robin is captured with enough sharpness to be seen with its characteristics. The pose and POV are great and the composition with the natural red soil Bg pleasing.
TFS this fine contribution,
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-03 9:35]

Hello Peter,
Very good photo of this Scrub-Robin. It has a beautiful plumage. I liked the details, focus, and colors. TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. A nice capture of this beautiful Robin. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hallo Peter

een beauty ,
mooie kleuren ,apart vogeltje

groetjes lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-03 10:23]

Hi Peter,

How nice to have you as a neighbor!! Congratulations for another first on TN - certainly a bird I have never seen nor heard of. It's amazing how his colors blend in with the environment. I love his face with the dark eye mask. Wonderful details, pose, setting and composition.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-03 10:46]

Merhaba Dostum Peter,
Bu yeni tür için sizi gerçekten kutlarım. Bir kuş fotoğrafı için ortamın tüm olumsuzluğuna rağmen başarılı bir çekimle bu güzel türü bizimle paylaşmışsın. Emeğine sağlık.


Hello Peter

As I have accustomed to ,you have posted a new one on me.
A very good look at this White-winged Scrub Robin.
The detail is excellent showing the colours and patterns well.
The bird stands out well from it's similar setting.
Very good POV.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-03 11:13]

Hi Peter. You must have got more new birds on your last trip tan the rest of us put to geather last year . A very big well done for this Robin although different from ous it still has the long legs and the same way it tilts its head to one side.You were able to capture this one with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS, Nick..

I have not been on a pair of ice skates for about 40 years !!

Hi Peter,
Not yet a split (not even Pete Ryan splits it yet). The validity of some of the races associated with the two possible species groups, i.e., the leucoptera white-winged group, and the leucophrys red-backed group, is still in need of further delucidation.

For now, Cercotrichas [Erythropygia] leucophrys leucoptera.

Ciao Peter,
congratulazioni per questa ulteriore nuova specie su TN; eccellenti POV e composizione per la bella posa in questo particolare habitat, buona definizione, bellissimi i colori.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-03 13:58]

Hello Peter,
very nice shot and thank you for introducing a new bird to us,
very nice arid BG.. Well done


hello Peter

congratulations for this new bird,
shot with fine POV at the level of the bird,
also fine framing, i love the warm luminosity
and colour tones, sharpness and details are excellent,
the very little catch-light render the image more beautiful, TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-03 23:34]

Hello Peter,
this is a beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.TFS

Ciao Peter, beautiful bird in great pose, fine details and wonderful sharpness, good warm colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-04 2:03]

Hello Peter,
This is an interesting new species you're showing us here! In spite of the difficult background details and colours of the markings are shown very nicely. Not much similarity to our Robin except for the long legs! :-)
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Peter, woww... what a a strange coloured robin which i have not seen before. The colours seems to be serve as camouflage in its natural environment. Wonderful composition with nice details and sharpness MF!
TFS. Have a nice Sunday!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-04 11:35]

Hi Peter

What a ;little beauty - it is a bird I have never seen before. He looks adoreable with his pretty markings. Perfect POV here as well



nice capture with nice and saturated colours

Hello Peter,
Congratulations for this White-winged Scrub-Robin, new bird in TN
Excellent capture! TFS. Ferran

Hi Peter,
great to see a new species for TN. welcome everytime. This is very beautiful scrub-robin. you nicely capture it. Focus, POV and colors very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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