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Bearded Robin

Bearded Robin
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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: 2005-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-05 18:14
Viewed: 4474
Points: 38
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Bearded Robin (Erythropygia quadrivirgata)

I had almost no time to take this picture. It came and sat on the branch, and was gone again a few seconds later. It was the one and only time I have seen this bird. The picture was taken inside Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

Lowland and riverine mixed woodland, forest and thickets, especially with thorny and grassy tangles along streams and dongas.

Solitary or in pairs. Secretive and seldom seen, but sings loudly; neighbouring birds often sing in reply. Forages in low bushes or by hopping on the ground, scratching among leaf litter, active mostly dawn and dusk, and on overcast days. Inactive in the heat of day, keeping to dense cover.

Insects, spiders and centipedes.

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, sixth edition.

Janice, suleesia, carper, wallhalla15, chiliu, electra, sandpiper2, PDP, marhowie, Luc has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To duckpond: smaller aperturejanhendrik 1 08-12 19:38
To dew77: Limited DOFjanhendrik 2 08-06 05:08
To zakiwi: Kruger in Mayjanhendrik 1 08-05 20:10
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Hello Jan

This wee charachter could not have given you a better pose! The catchlight in the eye has brought the eye to life. Nice close details with good colour and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks.

Ja boet ---

Brilliant, and in Kruger --- I'm green with envy. So green that I'm thinking about not giving you points --- nah --- you deserve them. I'm gonna be spending 2 weeks in KNP next year in May --- can't wait. Well done on the photo. It's really excellent

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-05 19:11]

Oh Jan, I love your robin. He's so sharp and his details are so pretty. I love his bright eyes and the glint in them. Very well captured. It's a good job!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-06 0:00]

A very good portrait, Jan Hendrik. Sharp details, beautiful colors, good exposure, glint in the eye, eye contact, nice background.... it is all there. Well done and TFS. : )

excellent head-on shot. Sharp where it matters. Very good light as well.

wauw Jan Hendrik,
this is realy a super shot, the pov and the dof are fantastic, the composition is very good, the details are super, and the light is good, fantastic job, with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-06 4:49]
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Hello Jan!
Wonderful Robin capture.Limited DOF you managed here seems great.Crisp clear details and around the head,eye contact,blurred BG,lighting,POV and composition are excellent.
Have a nice weekend,TFS...:-)

Excellent details & sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done, Jan-Hendrik.

Excellent capture!
Very sharp image, nice catchlight in eye, good lighting.

Hello Jan Hendrik,

this is a beautiful bird. Great shot. I like it.

Good sharp image considering the short time you have to compose yourself for the shot. Nice plumage details.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-07 17:32]

Hello Jan!
Great close up... Details,POV,colours and light are excellent.
Thanks for posting...

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-07 18:21]

Hello Jan, this has a good atmosphere. I love the lighting on the head. The sharpness is excellent too. I like the limited DOF here, it works well. Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-08-08 2:46]

Excellent shot Jan Hendrik. The eye contact adds a lot of impact and the sharpness is very good.

Very well done and thanks for posting


Hello Jan, This is an excellent shot with the head/chest focused very well..Composed well with great light and colors. Nice clean OOF BG with colors that compliment, Well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-09 1:37]

Sorry, I have no time to comment today. But I give you the well deserved smily.

it is great pose...
I like it so much...
very well done...

Hi Jan,another beautiful shot from you. very cute bird and nicely captured! good catchlight and nice blurred bg. TFS!

Hey nice shot. And the tail too :-).

Great shot DOF is good it might. Ek is net nuuskierig `n effens meer toe f-stop so die dalk die hele voel in fokus fehad het. Dalk `n goeie idee of nie?

Beautiful image, pin sharp focus and great DOF. Thanks for sharing this sweet little bird.


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