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Tiny Cisticola


Tiny Cisticola
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-28 8:27
Viewed: 4772
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In a field full of termite mounts I saw this very tiny beauty. In the low shrub it was hopping from branch to branch. So I was crawling behind him and made a few photos before it flew away.

The Tiny Cisticola, cisticola nanus, is 8-9 cm and endemic to (a part of) NE Africa.
It’s the smallest cisticola, with a rather plain back, rufous cap, white supra-loral stripe and pale underparts. Smaller and shorter –tailed than the Red-pate and Short-winged cisticolas.
Habitat:
Arid and semi-arid scrub and woodland.
Status:
Common
Voice: 2-3 note song of ‘chwee’ or ‘chwit’ notes.

(Source: Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-28 8:40]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture!Very sharp and detailed, good lighting,well composed
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-28 8:47]

Hi Peter. As you say a tiny little bird. But a beauty. Which you have taken with good detial and natural colours. nice pose with the bird looking up in the air. well done TFS.
Nick..

A fine capture of this tiny and cute bird with a perfect exposure and focusing Peter, tried my hand in a little colour correction, hope you like it.
Cheers,
Mehmet

Hallo Peter,
't Is altijd een beetje hopen op dat ene moment als die klientjes van de ene tak op de andere springen. Vooral omwille van de takken zelf.
"Merci vur dienen rostekop" zeggen in mijn dialect.
Goed weekend of wat er nog van overblijft...
Annick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-28 9:51]

Hello Peter,
What a cute little Cisticola you've caught here in a lovely pose. Great focus on the eye, sharp details and lovely colours of the plumage. A beautiful soft background too.
Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-28 10:02]

Hi Peter,

Another bird I've not seen - but I have seen termite mounts in Africa. I love the pose on the branch showing off his beautiful eye that matches the top of his head. Excellent details of the face, plummage, wings and tail feathers. He blends in with the background but at the same time stands out from it.

Jane

Hi Peter,
A lovely and perfect capture of this beauty. The posture is also great. Sharpness, details and composition are wonderful.
Many thanks for sharing this.
Cheers,

Bayram

Hello Peter
another excellent capture from Ethiopian birds. I saw only C. juncidis in Cyprus from species of the genus Cisticola. This is also tiny and very beautiful rufous-brown cap. Its shot is great also with focus, POV, eyes contact, colors and composition. Thanks for sharing, best wishes
Ahmet

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-28 11:56]

Hello Peter,

You have made a fine photo with this little bird. Sharpness is gopod as you have focused well and the whole bird can be clearly seen. Light has been well used and I like the color tone from bird's eye. There is a fine contrast between bird and background.

Thank you for sharing,
Cristian

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-28 12:41]

Hola Peter,
preciosa captura,
interesante entorno y pov...
buen foco y color,
saludos

Hello Peter. I like the warm coordinated colors of this image. This small bird is very well captured with sharp focus and clarity. Amazing sharpness in the eye with well perched on that diagonal branch. Superb framing and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-28 21:48]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful image with great sharpness, just look at that eye detail. Wonderful colors and setting, great job Peter.
Rick

Hello Peter,

Beautiful picture of this little bird in a nice pose. Superb composition between the twigs. Excellent focus. Excellent light and superb vivid colours.
Cheers,
Mariki

Hi Peter, lovely bird with splendid details and excellent sharpness, great focus on eye, very well done, ciao Silvio

What a lovely pose!And the sharpness is stunning, Peter!
Bravo, mate!
Very well done, indeed!
Goldy

lovely and perfect capture of this beauty. The posture is also great. Sharpness, details and composition

Hallo Peter,

Je reist wat af en ziet veel mooie natuur, zo ook deze vogel.

Mooie houding en goede compositie, alleen jammer dat de meeste vogels bijna nooit echt vrij zitten.

Hier ook weer en dat is opzich jammer maar een mooie foto is het.

Gert

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-30 8:46]

Great capture of this beautiful little Cisticola.
The pose is great :-)
Sharp with good detail.
Nice colours.

Well done, Peter!

Joe

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-01 5:32]

Hello Peter,
This is a very fine picture of the tiny Cisticola. The attitude is so cute and you have chosen well your point of view. Very vivid eye this little bird!
Thanks so much
Anne

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-01 12:28]

Hello Peter,
A delightful capture of a Tiny Cisticola taken from a great POV with exfcellent technical quality and the composition among the bare branches is superb.
TFS this beauty,
Ivan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-04 13:16]

Another incredible bird Peter! Great shot with lots of details and a fantastic light, well done, thanks!

Mario

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-08 8:50]

Hi Peter,
I like the color tones, lighting and pose you captured. TFS
All the best,
Selen

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