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Black-headed Batis

Black-headed Batis
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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: 2008-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-07 7:46
Viewed: 5768
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from my archive, almost a year ago. My first photo of this bird was new for TN.

The Black-headed Batis, batis minor, is 11 - 12 cm.
It’s a very dark batis, with a blackish-grey crown and well-defined white supercilium. Very similar to Grey-headed Batis, but is slightly larger, with darker blackish (not grey) crown that shows little contrast with dark face mask. However, the East African coastal races have paler crown and are smaller; best told by distinctive song, moister woodland habitat and female’s narrower, darker breast band.

Well-wooded to lightly wooded savanna.


Song a series of slow whistles at the dame pitch; also a buzzing call.

Source: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-07 7:53]

Hello Peter,
A very nice shot of a Black-headed Batis in a fine pose and taken from a good POV with excellent clarity, the yellow eye being well shown. Nice composition with the blue sky and we are priviledged to be shown this unusual species from your archives!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Peter,

This is an excellent shot with great colors, details & sharpness. 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)
  • [2009-08-07 8:51]

Ha peter,

Een mooie opname,niet eenvoudig dit kleine vogeltje waarschijnlijk op afstand goed op de plaat te zetten,maar de details en scherpte zijn prima,ikzelf in januarie wederom richting krugerpark,dus heb weer iets om naar vooruit te kijken,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-07 9:35]

Hi Peter
Nice presentation.He seem to be looking at you.Sahrp image with good detail.
TFS Michel

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-08-07 10:30]

Ha Peter,

Mooi vogeltje deze batis, heb hem veel in Mozambique gezien de afgelopen weken.Ben benieuwd naar je volgende vogelsoort!


A lovely shot of this cute bird, Peter!
I've never seen this one...Do we have it in India?

Hallo Peter,

Mooie plaat van deze vogel.
Heb deze soort nog nooit gezien

Groet Gert

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-08-07 15:17]

Hello Peter

Wonderful shot with good colors and lighting, excellent composition and sharpness of the details. Nice exposition
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-07 16:42]

Hi Peter,

I'm glad you pulled this shot out of your archives because I have not seen a Batis before. I love the pose on the diagonal branch and the way his head is cocked. That yellow eye is wonderful. A beautiful setting and blue sky.


Hi and Good Morning Peter,
Excellentcapture of a this lovely bird giving a fine pose from nice POV with excellent clarity and details.
TFS and have a nice WE!

Hello Peter,
Great capture of a nice pose:"who is looking at who ?"
Sharp focus and good plumage details

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-08 8:26]

Hi Peter,this is very nice and little curious pic.Why sleep so long in your hard disk? Great low point of view,good sharpness and nice colors,a pic made in "Jaycee" style..ehehe...My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Peter
a fine capture of this Black-headed Batis, he is new for me, but it's a nice one, taken from a great POV against a beautiful bllue sky, wonderful details and colors
TFS and have a great Sunday

the fact that this is not usually seen makes it quality. Very well appreciated as a totally lesson!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-09 7:09]

Hi Peter,
a lovely pose by the bird and nice details from your hot. The great yellow eye is very exciting .
I like harmony of the colours, the bird's and the branch.
somesort like a camouflaged also.
nice presentation.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-09 8:00]

Hello Peter,
I thought for a moment you were back in Ethiopia again but I fully understand your wish to return and that's the beauty of photography, you can return whenever you fancy!! A lovely capture of this fine bird looking down at you. I like the composition and the beautiful light. A fine bird new to me!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-09 11:08]

Hello Peter,
Thanks for introducing me to a new species. Your image gives me an excellent view of this Batis. What a bright eye for a drab colored bird. Great work Peter, thank you.

Congratulations once more Peter.
Have never seen this species before. TFS.
Loved the "control" of the colour contrasts; black & white so difficult to "control".
Very well presented, indeed!!!
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-26 13:23]

Hello Peter, lovely shot from nice POV with nice details and composition
TFS and G's,

Here another lovely pose you photographed. Excellent pose and details.
TFS and regards, Deniz

nice to see such a new species, welcome everytime, Peter.
you greatly captured it with great focus, composition and eyes contact. thanks for sharing it with good informative notes as always.
best wishes and have a good night

Hello Peter

Your POV gives that beautiful eye-contact / glance
from the bird, beautiful light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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