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Bearded Barbet

Bearded Barbet
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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: 2016-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-07 6:31
Viewed: 2263
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius) is an African barbet. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The Bearded Barbet is a common resident breeder in tropical west Africa. It is an arboreal species of gardens and wooded country which eats fruit, although the young are fed on insects. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2 white eggs.

This is a conspicuous, large barbet at 26 centimetres. It is fairly plump, with a short neck, large head and a shortish tail. The adult has a black crown, back, tail and breast band. The throat and belly are red and there is a yellow eye patch. The rump is white. The massive bill is very thick and yellow, and the well developed clump of bristles at its base give the species its name. Sexes are similar. The call is a growling scrawk.

The Bearded Barbet is found in well-wooded areas with plentiful fig trees. It will enter gardens for fruit. It forms social groups of 4-5 birds and pairs or groups roost together in a tree cavity.

Source: Wikipedia

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Aptly named Barbet, Peter.
Look at that huge bill surrounded by a bristly beard!
You again did a nice job from this difficult perspective.
Gambia seems to be a nature rich region and thanks for bringing us another subject from there.

Hello Peter,
I think this is an amazing sharp image with impressive clarity and details.
Exceptional capture. I like also the exceptional contrast against the blue sky.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-07 13:46]

Hi Peter,impressive capture of this barbet,the open beak is very big and the plumage colors are amazing.Excellent imposing persepctive and fine details too! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird on beautiful blue sky, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Peter, you will make go and commit a buy for the 600mm or 800mm ;)
What a beautiful capture, thanks for your notes too.
Amazing looking bird, absolutely stunning.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Last I saw this species here in TN posted by George. After a long time again.....
Amazing species! Very well captured Peter. Details and glassiness on feathers are excellent. Well vertical frame too.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful bird,

hallo Peter
mooie gekleurde baardvogel
goed alles te zien ,scherpte kan iets beter ik denk dat hij een beetje ver weg zat ?
toch weer een aanwinst
gr lou

Hello Peter

You have shot the photo at the best time of its expressive pose,
with fine POV and vertical framing, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Peter,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. Thepoint of view is showing the details of the Bearded Barbet. The good luminosity is malong the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


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