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Groundscraper Thrush

Groundscraper Thrush
Photo Information
Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-01 15:25
Viewed: 5299
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Groundscraper Thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa)

The Groundscraper Thrush is a small to medium sized bird. This thrush imitates the calls of some other birds. Its distribution is Southern Africa to North-East Africa. In Southern Africa it is absent from the south, most of the dry west and southern Mozambique.

Fairly common resident, usually of local and sporadic occurence.

Found in savanna woodland, around farmyards and in thornveld. Quite bold, feeding on lawns and in gardens.

It feeds on insects and invertebrates.

Breeding takes place from October to December, nesting in the fork of a tree. The nest is made of twigs and leaves and lined with feathers.

This picture was taken in Pilanesberg National Park in an aviary.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-01 16:00]

A new one for me, Jan Hendrik. Sharp details, good exposure and composition. Excellent portrait in profile. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-08-01 18:05]

Ja boet --

Another great photo from you. DOF is excellent. It's a pity that the catchlight was not more accentuated, but it's there and thats the important thing. Well done on this shot. It's excellent

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  • Denis Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 178] (12)
  • [2005-08-01 20:59]

Hi Jan Hendrik, Every aspect of your picture of that bird is excellent, lightling, point of view, focus, color etc... The only thing that bothers me somehow is the bright spot behind the bird, It could easily have been removed or masked with Photoshop. Still a great picture.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-01 22:41]

Belle prise et bonne exposition. Les couleurs et le bg sont extra.

Félicitations !

A beauty, Jan Hendrik.
Great POV and very well composed. The colours and details are also very good.
Excellent work.

Hi Jan Hendrik,
This beautiful bird was really well catched. The details are splendid.
TFS, cordially,

Jan-Hendrik, another excellent picture from a bird. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Excellent capture!
Very good sharpness, detailed, excellent composition, nice background.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-02 7:04]

Hi Jan Hendrik what a stunning capture of the thrush. His details and colours are nice and sharp, and you have good exposure too. Grand pose, super job, well done.

Excellent POV and BG. Great sharpness and composition. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-02 11:37]

Jan, another beauty. I have the feeling that something like f/8 would have been better here, in order have the whole bird focused; even though, it's just an opinion.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition; great bg.

A lovely and great picture.

Hello Jan

Nice close shot. Attractive plumage colours. Stands out nicely against the dark BG. Good light. Nice shot. Thanks.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-08-03 16:34]

Thank you Jan Hendrik to have prsented such a photo. This is the first time I see such kind of bird and I am sure for many of the members.
This is a very sharp shot. TFS.
Will be one of my favorites.

Good one Jan Hendrik. Always a challenge to get them to stand still for a few seconds. Good POV and DOF. Regards, Rob

what a beautiful shot Jan! So clear and sharp and a wonderful bg. TFS!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-01 18:33]

Ahhhh, I think I have one of these in my files...I wasn't sure of the ID until now. Lovely shot, nice details and colours, very well done.

Hi, Jan.
This one I have not seen yet. Interesting bird. Technically very good as always - nothing to complain about sharpness, exposure or details. Good composition also.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

I have never seen this bird before.. a beautiful shot.

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