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Singing Bush Lark

Singing Bush Lark
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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/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 9:15
Viewed: 5021
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New on TN: the Singing Bush Lark, mirafra cantillans.
A small lark, 13 cm, with a short, stubby bill and obvious white outer-tail feathers in flight. Display song is diagnostic. Most easily confused with the White-tailed Lark, but is paler above, with a uniform bill does not appear upturned. Differs from Friedmannís Lark by its paler plumage and less streaked upperparts. Legs are fleshy pink. When flushed, it frequently hovers before landing.

Open grasslands with scattered bushes.

Locally common.

Mixture of jumbled chips and warbles, ending in trill; given in hovering flight or from bush top.

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

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Hello Peter,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful bird which is 1st on TN. Lovely posture of the bird, nice colours and nice composition.
TFS and greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-12 9:53]

Hi Peter. We have had so many new birds on Tn of late and many thanks to you. I had not even heard of it let alone seen it. You were able to get a good close up showing the back and wing markings with good detail and natural colours. Stands out from the deep red soil. Well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-12 10:04]

Hola Peter,
interesante paleta de colores,
original pov y detalles,
buen foco...

Ciao Peter,
bellissima prima immagine su TN di questo grazioso uccello catturato con ottima definizione in una bella posa a terra che offre un bellissimo contrasto di colori.
Buon weekend

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-12 10:09]

Hi Peter,

Another first on TN!!! Congratulations. This Lark looks so small and he seems to be frowning at the camera. The details are exquisite of his face, wings, and tail feathers. I love the way they are outlined in white. The bird stands out well from the interesting looking environment.


Hi Peter, lovely little bird in a warm BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
nice pic of this rare bird, congratulations. TFS Ferran

Hi Peter,
Very good capture of this Singing Bush Lark; great pose and composition, sharp details and beautiful colours.

Obviously a special aviary Peter..I have added it to my them because of the superior way you have included the environment..I really enjoy this type of all inclusive capture.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-12 18:27]

Hello Peter,
Drabbly colored bird but look at that soil color, wow. Great composition and camera work Peter, thank you for sharing.

This shot will make any wildlife lover proud...A perfectly focused shot of a bird in its natural surroundings.Love the glint you've captured in the eye!
Very well done, Peter!

Hi Peter,
Good capture of this S. B. Lark.
It's always great get to know a new or less common bird.
You've got a well detailed image, showing patterns and colours of the plumage.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-13 2:32]

Hello Peter,
This is a very beautiful picture with very good details and sharpness. TFS

Hello Peter,
Congratulations for posting this new species on TN
Great pose and composition

Hi Peter, congratulation for this 1st posting of this beutiful bird. Wonderful colours, mgreat POV and DOF. i liked the pose of this cute lark.
TFS and cheers,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-13 9:46]

Hello Peter, Nice clarity and good view. Excellent composition Ganesh

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-13 22:23]

Hello Peter

Congratulations on this TN first, though to be honest, I would not have known. Wepp composed shot with nice detail.


Hallo Peter,

door al je reizen zie je vooral veel vogels.
Dit is ook weer een soort waar ik het bestaan niet van wist.
Mooie pose van de vogel met fraai oogcontacct.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-14 3:40]

Hello Peter,
Congratualtions on another new posting for TN!
This Singing Bush Lark is well shown from the dorso-posterior POV with prteyy good sharpness against the red laterite soil and its nice that it turned its head for you to show those details too.
TFS this interesting image,
Kind regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-14 4:58]

Hello peter, lovely bird and wonderful shot.
TFS and G's,

Hi Peter,
This is so agreeable to see a new specie on TN; very interesting bird. I like this red soil that makes the bird stand out well. You also chose good composition with cute eye contact! Thanks for this educational capture!

I have a feeling this bird merges with the surroundings nicely, Peter.
Another wonderful picture from your trip to Africa.
The picture is beautiful, especially with other details in it than the bird; they create the right kind of impression of the place where this bird lives.

hello Peter

excellent shot of this beautiful bird,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, i love that
you keeped a very good space around the bird
showing a little bit of his environment, TFS


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