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Colius striatus

Colius striatus
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 9:10
Viewed: 4169
Points: 14
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The Speckled Mousebird(Colius striatus) is the largest species of mousebird, as well as one of the most common. It is distributed from Cameroon east to Eritrea and Ethiopia, south through eastern Africa to southern South Africa. Most habitats are suitable for this species, except the rainforests and more arid areas. This mousebird prefers open bushveld habitats. It is widespread in savanna and open woodlands, as well as areas with tangled thickets. It is a common "backyard bird", often seen in urban areas if they contain gardens and orchards.
This bird is about 35 cm (14 inches) long, with the tail comprising approximately half the length, and weighs about 57 grams (2 oz). It is well-named, because it is dull-mousy brown in overall color on the back and on the head (including a prominent crest). The bill is black on the upper part and is a pinkish color on the lower part of the bill. The rare White-headed Mousebird can be confused with this species, but the differently colored mandibles and the lack of a bare grey orbital patch render the Speckled species distinctive.(wiki)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-11 10:09]

Ha Annick,

We zijn buren vandaag,dit is een vogel welke ik niet heb gezien tijdens ons verblijf (wel een soortgenoot met een rode kop),goed vastgelegd met fraaie details tussen al het groen,bedankt voor je comment op mijn foto en advies betreft de belichting,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-11 10:46]
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Hi Annick. A stange looking bird this little Mousebird.You have captured a good face on picture with fine detail and natural colours in the feathers. The B/G is very bright. Was this the Sun.well done TFs. with inetersting notes too.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-11 15:31]

Speckled Mousebird - is he a mouse or a bird?? No, he's Superman!!
Good action shot Annick as this fellow steals the 'petals' off the plant. Interesting notes too as I don't think I've heard of a birdmouse before!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 22:31]

Hi Annick

I really like these birds, although they are often difficult to capture. Great pose and detail.


Hello Annick
We have quite a few of these birds in our garden but I never had the opportunity to capture one so close as yours. The details displayed are pleasant, obvious and well seen. The green leaves add some great sparkle to this lovely image. The action captured with pieces of flower in the bird’s mouth is great. Just love the “Elvis style hairdo” I mean feather-do on the head and the tailpiece standing up straight in the air. Thanks for sharing this beauty from so close by.
Best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-12 18:06]

Hello My Friend,
Sometimes I don't understand, this image deserves more points then it has recieved. I sometimes blame it on the thumbnails, if its not really colorful it doesn't get the attention. This is a marvelous image with nice composition, fantastic focus and superb natural colors. I like it very much, thank you Annick.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-12 23:03]

Hello Annick, Good shot and it seem to be hiding behind the bush. May be waiting for you to go back. Well composed in natural environment. ganesh

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