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The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors
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Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-3.3 / 6-72, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 8:13
Viewed: 5597
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris)

The Common Fiscal is a member of the shrike family. Otherwise also referred to as Fiscal Shrike, it is found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also sometimes named a Jacky Hanger due to its habit of impaling its prey on Acacia thorns to store the food for later consumption.

21-23 cm

This is a fairly distinctive perching bird with white underparts and black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail. The bird has a characteristic white 'V' on the back and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers. The bill, eyes and legs are black. Adult male and female Common Fiscals are quite similar except for the rufous lower flank of the female.

Usually seen singularly and hunts insects and even small mice from an exposed perch or the tops of shrubs. Territorial size is directly related to the density of hunting perches. Installing more artificial perches causes the bird to reduce its territory and allow more birds in a specific range.

A wide range of habitats from grassland with fences for perching to Acacia thornveld or even woodland. Avoids very dense habitats where hunting would be impaired.

Thanx for viewing and all crits are welcome.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-10 9:48]

Hi Jannie,

great shot of this 3 singers,the 4th wisely keeps his mouth shut,well captured shot with good colors and details,



Hey Jannie
Great moment to shoot,
good focusing and lighting,


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-10 10:08]

Very nice moment you captured.Cute babys..

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-10-10 11:24]


And one sound asleep, nice, i like your presentation.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-10-10 13:40]

Hi jannie,

One can hear them scream. Very expressive photo and great timing. Well done and my compliments for this real nature pic.


A very very funny photo :) Lovely birds, good shot Jannie

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-10 14:31]

Jannie, simpática imagen, y buen disaro, excelente compo y original título... saludos

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-10 14:48]

Hello Jannie , Lovely picture from the birds, beauty blue eyes colours compositie good tyming , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

So nice bird and pic. Good job but frame. I like it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-11 10:08]

Hello Jannie,
Funny close up.I liked POV,moment you caught,details and composition a lot.

Hi Jannie

Baie goeie, mooi en skerp foto.

Goed gedoen.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-11-30 12:06]

Hi Jannie,

What a lovely trio and a funny title with this shot!
You've captured a nice moment here, great timing.
Beautiful colours and details.
Well done!

Greetings, Nel

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