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African Thrush

African Thrush
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-12 8:13
Viewed: 7094
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My thanks to Ivan (Argus) for the id of this bird. It was hopping around the grounds of our hotel in Lome. The African Thrush (Turdus pelios) is a passerine bird in the thrush family Turdidae. It is common in well-wooded areas over much of sub-Saharan Africa. Populations are resident.

African Thrushes are omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms and berries. They nest in bushes or similar. They do not form flocks.

Sexes of this large thrush are similar with soft brown upperparts, brown underparts and a yellow bill.

Togo has become very poor in recent years and Lome - once one of the jewels of West Africa has become a shadow of its former self - once known as 'Lome la Plus belle' (Lome the most beautiful), it has become known as 'Lome la pubelle' (Lome the rubbish bin).

Togo has since suffered the tragedy of the attack on its football team in Cabinda. What has been noticeable throughout our trip was the fanatical following of football. Almost every boy and young man, who could afford one, was wearing a Spanish, Italian or English football shirt, in every town and village boys and young man were playing or training for football and in every village with electricity, there were blackboards advertising the times ot European football games outside every 'bar'. The dream being to be good enough to go to Europe to make their fortune.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-12 8:24]

Hello James,
The yellow beak and the general colouration suggests that this is the African Thrush (Turdus pelios), a fairly common species found throughout W. Africa.
Nice low POV, great pose and fine contrasting OOF grassy BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-12 8:42]

Hi James,Ivan it's certainly mst expert than me....just my best compliments for this rare and nice specie,excellents sharpness and colors and beautiful grass too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-12 8:50]

Hello James,
Indeed, the African Thrush. Excellent photo in great sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Good DOF, low POV and composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-12 9:36]

Hello James
Excellent capture with natural colors, low POV and great details

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-12 9:37]

What a lovely capture your very interesting bird!
Very sharp details, lovely colors.

hello James,
nice composition on the grass, a beautiful African Turdus with good focus from fine POV, the sharpness also fine as the colors output, it's a good photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-12 12:06]

Hi James. This African Thrush looks like ours in the way it stands and hold its head . You were able to take A fine close up down at eye level. Taken with good detail and natural looking colours. Well taken TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-12 13:23]

Hi James,
Lovely capture of this thrush.I liked low level POV,3D effect and clear eyes a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-12 13:38]

Hello James,
very nice pic with good sharpness and fine composition,the background is very beautiful!
well done!Best regards Siggi

Hi Bro James,

Utterly amazing capture of this pretty African Thrush in a wonderful pose.
The clarity, details, focus and exposure are all impressive!
TFS and have a nice night!


hello James

excellent photo of the African Thrush with fine low POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details of its plumage, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-12 16:22]

Hi James,

My new bird for the day and I thank you for it. This African Thrush looks so lovely posing on the grass. He is very handsome with that fine face and beautifully colored wings and plumage. I love the way the eye shows through the dark head.


Hello James, lovely shot of this thrush with great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-12 23:37]

Hello James,
Lovely and excellent shot of this lovely African bird in a fine pose.
Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

Dear James
I trust the trip is going better at the moment and that you are feeling better. I think about your journey quite a lot. The Thrush birds in our area are shy and very difficult to photograph as they run and hide behind bushes, they look very similar to yours. A lovely image of this African Thrush taken from the side, giving great opportunity to see the full profile and beautiful features, like its pretty orange beak and the very noticeable separation of colours in the feathers. I like its full sized body and the flash light you caught in the eye could not be missed. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

nice thrush, TFS Ori

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