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African Paradise Flycatcher

African Paradise 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: 2008-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-20 7:31
Viewed: 6348
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis). It is a medium-sized passerine bird.

The African Paradise Flycatcher is a common resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. This species is usually found in open forests and savannah habitats. Two or three eggs are laid in a tiny cup nest in a tree.

The adult male African Paradise Flycatcher is about 17 – 20 cm long, but the very long tail streamers double this. It has a black head, neck and underparts, and chestnut wings and tail. There is a prominent white wingbar. The female has a browner tint to the underparts and lacks the wingbar and tail streamers. Young birds are similar to the female but duller.

The males show considerable variation in plumage in some areas. There is a morph of this species in which the male has the chestnut parts of the plumage replaced by white, and some races have black tail streamers.

The African Paradise Flycatcher is a noisy bird with a harsh scolding call ‘zweet-zweet-zwayt’. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, often hunting by flycatching.

The Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone rufiventer, is closely related to this species, and hybrids occur with the underparts a mixture of black and red.

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

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Very nice capture of this flycatcher Peter. Composition, pose, lighting, detail all well done. TFS. :)


Hello Peter, lovely bird and wonderful shot with nice composition and details.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful fly catcher. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hallo Peter
Mooie vogel en goed genomen zo op het stokje
de kleuren van de vogel zijn super
goed schot
groetjes lou

Ciao Peter, splendid bird with fantastic colors, I never see before, thanks, lovely composition with perfect focus and beautiful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-20 12:01]

Hello Peter,
loevly image of this beautiful bird, fine POV,
lovely pose of the bird, great sharpness and details
and a lovely catch-light at the eye, TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-20 12:31]

Hi Peter. Once again you bring us a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting. You have posted this bird with a good pose with its head turned to one side. Your use of the light has given good detail and natural colours. Well done TFS. Interesting nots too.


Witaj Peter
Amazing aves. My beautiful replete colours. To be visible that aves is difficult to photographing. You advised me with black colour perfectly. To be visible details.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-20 14:14]

Hi Peter,you manage very well this difficult light to have the best result as possible! Very nice specie whit wonderfuls colors and spectacular background! my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Peter, what a lovely bird:) the colours and its crest seems wonderful.
TFS and cheers,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-20 17:26]

Hi Peter,

I love it when you post these beautiful exotic birds most of us would never get to see otherwise. This African Paradise Flycatcher is wonderful with the magnificent crest, lovely eye, and pretty red feathers. Colors, details, pose, setting and composition are all excellent.


very beautiful flycatcher. it is relly from paradisea. its shot also very beautiful, focus, POV, eyes contact and composition very nice. thanks for sharing Peter, best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-21 6:02]

Hi Peter
Nice capture.I like that view from the back.Great psoe and nice catch light in the eye.Beautiful colors and detail.
TFS Michel

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-21 7:26]

Hi Peter,
your bird shots are very lovely and very natural. This one is very serious guy. nicely composed with spaces to allow freedom. the feathers are very fine and shiny. Well used of light in giving the details and colours.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-21 8:47]

Hello Peter, peerfect and lovely shot of a this cute black-brown beauty with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-21 9:54]

Hi Peter,
Nice capture...
Fine details,excellent sharpness and lighting.
Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Peter,

terwijl ik me met Nederlandse paddenstoelen en bloemen bezig hou zie ik bij jou elke keer van die mooie tropische vogels zoals deze.
Pratige kleuren en een mooi pov.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-04-21 11:40]

Hi Peter

A very beautiful capture and composition you have here!
Great POV, lovely colors and lighting, good DOF - with a nce blurry BG, nice details and framing.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Peter
what a beautiful bird, i have never seen before
and you have taken in a great POV
fine details on the plumage
very well done

Hello Peter,

What a great location!
The dappled light has shown the colours and textures of this bird's plummage to good effect.
Very nicely composed and using a dof which keeps the image sharp against a blurred b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Peter,
very beautiful capture of female African Paradise Flycatcher. I like composition, pose, colours and details.

TFS, best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-22 5:18]

Hi Peter !

Dank uit de buurt van Ethiopië we vangen een spel dat ik graag heel veel.
Kleuren zijn uitstekend en zeer goed gespeeld.
Beschrijving van de gegevens juist zijn en zeer welkom.

Hebben een goede dag,

A dream POV that shows the bird's plumage in its entire glory, Peter.
You have an inexhaustible collection of superb images from Africa and this is a gem, indeed.
Outstanding focus, immense details and rich colours on the subject.
Thanks for sharing this picture.

Hi Peter

Good shot of this flycatcher
Good composition and details


Hello Peter,
a splendid picture of African Paradise Flycatcher, great POV and lovely eye contact, very good sharpness and splendid colours, i like the nice composition with shade and light.
Have a good weekend

Hello Peter,

What a fantastic bird!!! Excellent POV and nice natural colors. You present it within a nice composition also. The only think maybe is that the head is not as sharp as I expect from a D300.

But what a fantastic bird!!!



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-26 4:10]

Hello Peter,
I missed this beauty while I was away.
Nice capture of thei s female Paradise Flycatcher, her turned head allowing us to see most of the features from this rear POV. Excellent composition, lighting, sharpness and colours against a fine sky BG.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-04-26 19:17]

Hello Peter,
Amazing colors in this species I haven't seen before. Thanks for sharing this fine image Peter.

A very beautiful and colourful bird, Peter!
Love the pose and the timing!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-05-05 14:21]

Hello Peter! What a fine bird and a great capture of it, very well composed and shot with a very good quality as always with you, thanks my friend!


hello Peter

excellent photo of the African Paradise Flycatcher,
fine POV at the level of the bird, i love it,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, the cacth-light
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


helo Peter
very fine shot, a beautiful scene and composition, with superb background, wonderful colors and nice sharpness!
keep photographing! TFS

sooooooooooo cute!

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