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Sabota Lark

Sabota Lark
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2009-03-03 4:04
Viewed: 6374
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another bird we noticed foraging on the ground level in the krugerpark,I guess this ia a Sabota Lark (but if I am wrong please let me know),it was quite good camouflaged in the dry grass of October,hope you like this one as well,thanks for watching.

Other names:
Afrikaans: Sabotalewerik
German: Sabotalerche
French: Alouette sabota
Dutch: Sabota-leeuwerik
Portuguese: Cotovia-sabota

Identification assistance for this avian species
One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Sabota Lark is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Sabota Lark is about 15 cms and its weight is about 25 gms

You will find that the male Sabota Lark plumage and colours are different to that of the female Sabota Lark
Head is white, black.
Eye is brown.
Bill is pink.
Throat is white, black.
Back is grey, black.
Legs are brown, pink.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird
The Sabota Lark feeds on the ground and in foliage mainly

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird
The Sabota Lark is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Calendulauda sabota will seek out a new mate
The nesting habit of Sabota Lark is to create the nest on the ground. The bird lays eggs which are yellow in colour and number between 2 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird
The preferred habitats for Sabota Lark are: woodlands . The Sabota Lark is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You will not see Sabota Lark in flocks. The bird prefers to act singly or in pairs.

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Hello Paul,
this is a very beatiful capture of nice little bird! I like composition, pastel colors and details!

Best regards, Leonid

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful lark bird. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hallo Paul
super scherpe foto
mooie details van de vogel
goed van scherpte en zachte kleuren
groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-03 7:47]

Hallo Paul,
Volgens mij zit je met de ID helemaal goed. Uitstekende scherpe foto. Er zit wat weinig kleur in de foto, maar hij kan hooguit iets bruiner uitvallen. Perfect laag uitgangspunt en een erg goede compositie.

Ciao Paul, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-03 13:00]

Hi Paul. This is such a clear crisp looking picture of the Lark.This bird has some fine markings which would help to hide it in the dry grass. You have taken it with such fine detail. A good low POV. well done TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-03 13:19]

Merhaba Paul, ok gzel bir fotoğraf; arka alan biraz karışık olsa da, renkler netlik ok gzel olmuş.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-04 3:19]

Hello Paul,
A very beautiful capture of the Sabota Lark showing off fine details in its natural habitat.The bird is presented with good sharpness and focus.
It is interesting to notice that the ird is rather the size of a sparrow.Many times one is not able to understand the exact size of a bird if not for the notes accompanying the post.And thank you for this.

TFS and cheers

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-04 7:32]

Paul, Very well capture of this bird. Good composition and lovely details. Ganesh

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