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White-bellied Go-away-bird

White-bellied Go-away-bird
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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/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 5:09
Viewed: 4705
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-bellied Go-away-bird, Corythaixoides leucogaster, is endemic to NE Africa.

This species averages 51 cm (20 inches) in length. Its long, pointed grey and black tail with a white median band is distinctive. A white wing patch is conspicuous in flight. The bill is black in male, pea-green in the female. Maleís bill is black; femaleís is green. Juvenile is browner and has less conspicuous wing bars.

Savanna and open woodland, especially acacia.


Typical calls are a nasal haa-haa-haa, like bleating of a sheep, and a single or repeated gwa (or g'away) It flies from tree to tree in loose straggling groups, calling loudly.

Sources: Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan; Wikipedia.

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amazing burd on this acacia tree, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,

Great capture of this beautiful bird.
Wonderful colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and definition are splendid.
Good notes.

Hi Peter,
that's a pretty one - I have seen this bird on TV and also know his call. Very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-26 5:32]

Hello Peter ,
A Very good photo from this Go-away-bird , very good colours compositie details pov and dof .Best regards Siggi

An exotic bird from Africa, Peter.
I am amazed at this bird's huge crest. You had limitations of excessive light here, but you managed the shot pretty well.
TFS and regards.

hello peter,
looks like this bird has got speicla hairdo for the festive season, quite interesting species,good details captured,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-26 6:07]

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture of this beautiful bird.POV,details and eye contact are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Peter,
Ik denk dat het een vrouwtje is. Je kan dit zien aan de bek. Bij mannetjes is die zwart en bij vrouwtjes eerder groenachtig. En ik dacht wat groen te ontwaren...
Bijzondere call: call.
Groeten en bedankt

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-26 7:40]

Hi Peter,
I like that hairstyle :o) Nice pose and good composition. TFS
All the best,

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-26 9:14]

Hello Peter,
what a momment,
what a shot
precise and wonderful
All the best

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-26 10:28]

Hello Peter,
This is a very nice shot.. Great POV and sharp image.. Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-26 10:41]

Hi Peter,

Of course I've never seen this strange looking bird with the strange name before. That's quite a hair-do. In spite of the poor lighting conditions you managed a great shot with good colors and details. He has pretty fancy wings!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-26 11:26]

Hi Peter. A strange name and strange looking bird with the stuck up feathers on its head. I must say i have never seen one or heard of one so thanks for posting. good detal and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

Hello Peter,
Nice shot, excellent capture of White-bellied Go-away-bird, interesting species.

Hello Peter

Thanks for the explanation of the name.
A very good POV for this shot.
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Well placed in the frame.


Hi and Good Morning dear Peter,
What a lovely capture of this cute crested beauty:) with wonderful details, sharpness and nice composition.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Peter, beautiful bird in splendid pose, I never see before, thanks, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter
Wonderful capture of this lovely bird. We encountered great interaction with one of the grey go-away birdís while on holiday in the Kruger Park. They are so lovely and their call is unique. The colours of the whole image, from the bird, the background right down to the green of the tree is marvellous and displays well. The different colours of grey on the plumage are delightful to look at. Just love the way the head feathers stand up in the air. Light, focus and definition are splendid. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-27 9:51]

Hello Peter,
You certainly add to TN's repertoir of exotic birds and this one is another new one!
This White-bellied Go-away Bird is well captured, its head suitably turned for the POV. The sharpness, colours, composition and lighting all contribute to the high standard of this image.
An interesting and striking relative of the Tauracos and Plantaineaters.
TFs this delight,

Hi Peter

Another great capture from your Ethiopian adventure. Good pose and composition and you did well with teh exposure against that grey sky.


Hallo Peter,

mooie compositie en pose van deze vogel.
Jammer van die witte achtergrond, verder mooie kleuren.
Je hebt toch al veel vreemde vogels gezien zo.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-27 12:45]

Hello Peter,
I suppose it was looking at you and wishing you'd go away!! A great capture showing this interesting bird in profile. The light looks very strong but you've managed it very well and details are sharp and the colours beautiful.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-01 16:36]

Hello Peter,
This may be common in Africa but this is the first time for me, I know I would remember that Name for sure. Thanks for sharing this fine image and notes Peter.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-01-04 17:26]

Hello Peter,
What a special bird ... and great shot, TFS

Hello Peter,
I know this famous bird from books, with its vernacular name. This is very beautiful species. Nice to see it from your lens. Great capture among green acacia branches. Informative notes very nice. Thanks for sharing this interesting bird and thanks again for correction and contribution in my last post.
good night

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