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African Grey Flycatcher

African Grey Flycatcher
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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: 2008-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-21 7:23
Viewed: 4888
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the African Grey Flycatcher or Large Flycatcher, Melaenornis microrhynchus pumilus, but I’m not 100% sure. New on TN.

Endemic to NE Africa. Smaller (15 cm) than the Pale Flycatcher. With more contrast between greyer upperparts and paler underparts. At close range, slight crown streaking is diagnostic.
Ethiopian ‘pumilus’ is larger, browner and darker; sometimes treated as a distinct species.

Savanna and woodland, usually in drier habitats than Pale Flycatcher.

Common; conspicuous, hunting from prominent perches.

Voice: Song is jumbled mix of chitters and warbles; call is soft ‘sweeep’.

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

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Hi Peter, what a lovely and perfect capture of this beautiful African Grey Flycatcher in a fine composition MF!
Excellent details ansd lighting.
TFS and cheers,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-21 7:36]

Hello Peter,
A fantastic picture of this flycatcher. Composition, pov, exposure are great. Very well seen and done. Regards,

beautiful capture with fine details , good sharp and perfect light ,
nice composition and great background,

Bookmarking to check later. Looks like it flew through some pollen-bearing plants (check out all the pollen on the tail) - makes me, however, wonder if the rufousness of the lores, and rather indistinct supercilium are due to the same. Will have to try and figure out if this is a full adult before analyzing. Will try and look better later.

Hi Peter,
no matter if it is the right name - it's a beautiful bird. It seems to have pollen of flowers at the tail?!?
Nice pose, very pretty shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-21 9:06]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful shot of this Flycatcher.POV,eye contact,details on plumaege and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Peter,
thanks for your kind critique.
This Flycatcher is beautiful. I like the bird pause and your good POV.
Best regards

Endemic to NE Africa... Interesting point...and so is poverty and hunger...and that brings on the flies we see so much in images of young starving children and elders...I think perhaps there is some indirect or even direct connection. Your image and notes give me pause to wonder...I shall study on this..thanks much Peter1!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-21 9:43]

Hello Peter,
This is a beautiful little Flycatcher very nicely captured. I like its pose and the sharp details. A very fine composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-21 10:31]

Hi Peter. Whatever it turns out to be you have taken a fine close up of the Flycatcher. A nice pose with the bird looking round at you taking the picture. Good detai land natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2009-01-21 12:15]

hi peter:lovely and close up capture, the eyes seems very nice i love it TFS

Hello Peter, an excellent shot of this beauty with lovely pose. TFS.

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this beauty.
Very good presentation with good composition.

Hi Peter,
beautiful capture of this Large Flycatcher taken from a good dorsal POV with a good sharpness in a very nice composition; lovely eye contact and very beautiful OOF natural BG.
TFS. Best regards.

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this not so frequent bird here.
I like your POV and clear details got on its plumage.
I think the vertical composition works pretty well with all that crossing branches at the background.
Good to have and see a first here in TN.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hallo Peter

Ik weet niet hoe deze vogel heet maar hij of zij staat er goed op.
Mooi pov en dof.
Ondanks sobere kleuren toch veel details in de veren.


hello Peter

beautiful photography of the African Grey Flycatcher,
fine POV and vertical framig, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, the catc-light
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-21 16:01]

Hi Peter,

It's so nice to be your neighbor - I think this is a first too. Congrats on another first with this Flycatcher on TN. I love it when birds pose like this giving a good profile and view of the rear. Face and feathers look very natural with fine details. A nice diagonal composition.


Not much time left this evening Peter,
But a well deserved :)

Hello Peter,
Excellent picture of this flycatcher. Very good composition and POVt.
TFS and best regards. Ferran.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-22 0:44]

Hi Peter

Very nice close-up of this cute African Grey Flycatcher.
I really like the pose in which you've caught it here - with its head turned over its shoulder and looking at you...this fact makes the picture a bit more personal and adds some feeling to it. Very nice.
That aside, the exposure is well balanced and the natural colors are nice, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Peter,
De focus ligt een beetje op zijn staartje. Er liggen trouwens nog andere bruine zaadjes of zo op...:-)
Mooie pose van een mooie vogel...
Groeten en thank you:-)

hallo Peter
goed van kleur en prima compositie
zo op de schuine tak
mooi geschoten net toen hij omkeek
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-22 11:12]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on yet another new species on TN!
An excellent capture of an African Grey Flycatcher taken from a great POV from behind with its head turned nicely with fine sharpness and set in a pleasing composition. great catchlight in the eye too
Thanks for sharing this new species for TN
Best wishes,

Thanks for your kind critique on my 500th!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-23 3:12]

Hi Peter,
very lovely in sharpness and clarity. the green leaves in the background become a brilliant canvas to highlight its beauty.
WSell composed with classical pose.


Ciao Peter, lovely little bird in great pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Very good POV for this small flycatcher.
You have managed good eye contact and a wonderful look at the plumage too.
Excellent colour and lighting.
Nicely done.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 19:06]

Hello Peter,
Great image with nice over the shoulder pose. I have a question, the orange particles on its tail is it pollen?
Great work Peter thank you.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-25 7:34]

Peter, Superb composition and perfect picture of this flycatcher. Excellent sharp details. Ganesh

Hi Peter.

This is such a fine shot of the flycatcher from the rear. Excellent plumage exposure with fine details perched so well on that diagonal branch. Lovely muted contrasting green background and superb choice of tall framing.


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