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Spotted Morning-Thrush

Spotted Morning-Thrush
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זכות יוצרים: Aivar Mikko (metcher) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
ז'נר: Animals
מדיום: צבעוני
תאריך צילום: 2006-07-19
קטגוריות: Birds
מצלמה: Canon 350D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the World, Birds of South Africa 1, Birds. [view contributor(s)]
תאריך טעינה: 2006-10-15 8:55
נצפה: 5725
Favorites: 1 [view]
נקודות: 60
[Note Guidelines] הערת הצלם
Eastern Africa from South-East Tanzania to Kenya, northern Uganda and southern areas of Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Kenya: North-western, central and south eastern Kenya. Absent from the south-west and from most of the North and East.
Generally skulks in bushes and shrubbery but sometimes becoming bolder around gardens and lodges. Similar at first look to Scrub Robins but has much narrower white "eyebrows" and no white in the wings. Most resembles a Spotted Ground Thrush, but since they're found in totally different areas that's not usually a problem! Three races are found in Kenya: C. g. guttata (above) is found in the North down to Lake Baringo; C. g. intercalans (next page) is found in the southern half of the country; C. g. rufipennis on the coast, North of Malindi.
Source: http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/morning.htm

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Hello Aivar

excellent capture, perfect details, very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo, excellent use of light and use of DOF perfect work,

TFS kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-15 9:18]

Hello Aivar,
excelllent close up with super colors and sharpness. The neutral BG looks fabulous and is a very nice contrast.
Great work.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-15 9:18]

Hi Alvar.
Very nice and clean shot.I like this pose.Colours is really pleasant.Fine sharp details.Well done!
TFS and greetings

Hello Aivar,
very sharp picture of this "crying bird.
The details are perfect and the colours and light are great. The background is good.
Regards, FABIAN

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-10-15 9:29]

Hello Aivar,
Brilliant in all respects! I can say no more!
Thanks, Ulla

Hi Aivar,
I can hear a wonderful song - what a beautiful pose and a lovely bird. I love your shot, thanks, excellent work
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-10-15 10:52]

Hi Aivar, clear autumn colours. Good balanced picture and good timing. TFS Reina

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-10-15 11:19]

Hi Aivar,
This shot is almost perfect. Strangely, the feet of this starling are almost invisible and I can't work out why. Otherwise I can only admire this photo.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Aivar!
What a cute posture! Was it warbling or making a call? It is a prize capture indeed.
The image is sharp and clear with natural colours. The grey BG suits the subject very well.
Thanks for sharing it and bye.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-15 11:47]

Excellent capture of that bird, Alvar.
The focus is spot on, and the exposure is excellent.
The details are brought out with great precision.
Great POV and DOF as well.
TFS. : )

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2006-10-15 12:03]

Hi there Aivar,

This is a very sharp and well composed picture. Good colors and spot on exposure. Well done & TFS!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-15 12:52]

Hi Aivar,

A great composed shot very sharp and detailed,well seen and captured,


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-15 13:12]

Hello Aivar,
Wonderful capture.Lighting is perfect.POV,clear details,sharpness,catchlight in eyes,BG and composition are excellent.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-15 13:22]

Wonderful capture! I love the wide open mouth. I've never seen this bird before. TYFS


Hi Alvar,

Great shot. Really like the pose of the bird. Good sharpness and relaxing background.

TFS. Kim

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-15 20:43]


Hi Aivar,
An excellent shot on this lady Starling. Spot on exposure has the colors and detail in the plumage looking great. Great isolation from the backround. Flawless composition and framing.l Nice work!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-15 23:25]

Hello Aivar

Very nice portrait of this bird.The DOF and POV are excellent.The details are very clear.Lovely blurred BG.TFS


Hi Aivar

Nicely composed shot. Very good saturation of colour. Excellent timing. Nice camera work.

Hi Aivar,
Nice image. Good in detaols and sharpness.
Focal length?
Take care for OE in stone part?
Well done

Simple yet stunning with a great subject. Good timing catching it chirp. Sharpness and colors are fantastic. DOP is good. I'm not so bothered that the tail is a little soft. Very nice.

hi aivar
l'oiseau se detache parfaitement bien sur le BG flou,de bons details dans le plumage.les couleurs me semblent naturelles,enfin c'est un joli clichי.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-17 8:03]

Impresionante agudeza la que capturaste aquם Aivar.
Me encanta el POV y la postura del ave con perfecto fondo bien difuso que permite ver los detalles del plumaje con total claridad.
Perfecto encuadre y composiciףn.
Saludos... Ricardo

Impressive sharpness that you captured here Aivar.
I love POV and the posture of the bird with perfect bottom very diffuse that allows to see the details of the plumage with total clarity.
Perfect framing and composition.
Cheers!... Ricardo

great photo

Well done Aviar.
I think it looks very nice and you've caught a great pose.. Again, the exposure, color, and details R excellent :)

Excellent in all aspects. You couldn't get better results no matter how hard anyone can try. Perfecto! :)

great moment, TFS Ori

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-22 16:44]

Hi Aivar,
You have got the perfect picture: light, details, pov, bg, colors, pose and composition are simply the best.
TFS, Josי M.

This is not a female Cinnyricinclus leucogaster. This is a Spotted Morning-Thrush (Cichladusa guttata)for a great number of reasons. Among the more obvious differences are the presence in this bird of a conspicuous black malar stripe, larger and pointier bill, a white supercilium, much longer tail, rufous-red rump, darker and larger spotting ventrally, whitish lores extending up across the upper bill insertion, black tarsometatarsi rather than grey, etc. In any case, good photos of this bird, and this is a good one, are certainly rarer than for the female Starling.

Dear Aivar,

all your pictures are really great, but this one is not a violet-backed starling, but a Spotted Morning-Thrush = (Cichladusa guttata) Please revise your comments for it!


so very very beautiful!
great sharpness and well composed with
fine dof and good pov

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2007-04-22 15:28]

Hello Aivar,
Except for the feet, this is a perfect photo.

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