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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: 2008-08-12
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
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-28 3:20
Viewed: 6599
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-headed Batis, batis minor, is 11 - 12 cm. New for TN
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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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-02-28 3:49]

hi Peter

beautiful colors and cute strange bird!I love the capture and a really nice presentation!


Hello Peter,
congratulations for this new on TN; a very beautiful picture of a cute bird taken from a good POV with great sharpness, i like the pose in a natural environment, good colours in a nice composition.
Best regards.
Have a good weekend

Hi Peter,
it's a lovely bird and I like this impressive golden eye very much.
I also enjoy the green BG, all the leaves, so fresh and beautiful - that's nice after the long winter here in Europe.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hallo peter
een mooie opname
leuke compositie
goed van kleur
super shot
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-28 7:48]

Hello Peter,
A great capture of the Black-headed Batis taken from a fine POV to show its features with superb clarity against the natural OOF green BG. The composition is excellent and well framed by the vegetation and tree trunk.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Black headed Batis. Very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-28 9:58]

Hi Peter,

I can always count on you to introduce me to a new species! This Batis is beautiful with the lovely yellow eye set in the black of the face. Wonderful blacks and whites and fine details of the entire bird. A beautiful pose, setting and composition.


Witaj Peter
Nicely composed with a good POV and a nice profile pose.
The details are lovely and sharp and I like the he is all puffed up and fluffy.
Beautiful well saturated colours.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-28 11:50]

Hi Peter. Well i have to say it again this is a new one on me. I must ssay it a cute looking little one. Which you have taken with fine detail a and bight colours. A good side POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-28 13:29]

Hi Peter,
Lovely capture of this Bird.I liked yellow eyes,details and composition a lot.
Thanks fro posting.

Hi Peter, a fine capture of this cute fellow with nice composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Ps. i am also continue to upload my all shots to Photographers Group. If you wish you could beacome a member of the group MF!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-01 2:05]

peter, This is a beautiful shot with lovely colors. Fantastic view. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-01 5:23]

Ha Peter,

Ik heb ook een paar van deze batis (chinspot) gezien en gefotografeerd,eigenlijk van ietwat te ver voor een tevreden resultaat,maar ik zal er hiervan ook nog wel eens posten,hij staat er redelijk scherp op in een mooie natuurlijke achtergrond,bedankt voor de upload,groetjes


Hello Peter,
Very good composition with excellent sharpness on this beautiful little bird

Hello Peter,

Excellent capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with fantastic composition.
Good notes.

Hello Peter, wonderful shot of this beautiful bird.
TFS and greetings,

hello Peter

congratualtions for this new bird on TN,
very excellent photography of this African bird,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
i love to see on the image the green vegetations
in the background and in-front of the bird,
superb focus on the bird with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-01 19:15]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking birdie which i see for the first time. Very neat and sharp image and you have captured it with perfect lighting and in a fine pose. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-01 20:09]

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful picture of another bird that I have never heard of, great POV and composition.. Well done


What a rich haul of images you have from your trip to Africa, Peter!
This little bird is very beautiful and you have captured it very effectively.
I like the wide range of colours on it - in particular the yellow eye.
The general green of the BG supports the subject very well.
Thanks and regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-03 6:39]

Hi Peter,
such an excellent natural shot of the bird. Well composed with surrounding well seen and understood.
Brilliant sharpness and the pose by this cute bird is really loveable.
The yellow eye is outstanding and attractive.
Nice composition of nature in action.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-06 1:43]

Hello Peter,
On this picture I appreciate a lot the very beautiful vertical composition. May be the sharpness could be improved, but I understand that this is easier said than done. And always interesting to see these African birds on this site.
Thanks a lot
Best regards

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