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White-crowned Robin-Chat

White-crowned Robin-Chat
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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: 2008-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-18 7:07
Viewed: 3403
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In 2011 I made a photo of this bird in The Gambia. It wasn’t very sharp and the pose wasn’t optimal. I think this one is better. I made this photo earlier in 2008 in a bird park.

White-Crowned Robin-Chat
Scientific Name: Cossypha albicapilla

Fast Fact:
Originally a woodland dwelling species, it has adapted to human habitation and is frequently now found in towns and city parks.
This colourful member of the Old World flycatcher family lives in a large part of West Africa.

STATUS: The white-crowned robin-chat is classified as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as it occurs in large numbers throughout most of its range.

HABITAT: They live in woodlands, gallery forests, shrublands and savannahs of West Africa from the Senegal east to Ethiopia, and from Mali south to Nigeria.

DIET: Insects that it scratches from the leaf litter on the ground.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The white-crowned robin-chat is the largest of the 14 species of robin-chat with a total body length of nearly 11 inches. It has a black head with a conspicuous white crown, black back, wings and tail and an orange belly. The sexes are similar.

Chat Facts
These Robin-Chats appear to be monogamous and territorial during the breeding season, but sometimes gather into small feeding flocks during the winter. The female lays two somewhat glossy grey-green eggs with violet spots in a cup shaped stick nest.
Robin chats were once classified in the thrush family but are now considered members of Family Muscicapidae, the Old World flycatchers. Despite the fact that white-crowned robin chats are common and widespread, they have been little studied and not much information about them has been published.

Source: www.lazoo.org

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Wow Peter, now this is what I call a super image. Not just because of your subject the beautiful White-Crowned Robin-Chat, but also because of the remarkable colours and wonderful light. I like this one very much. The presentation is so pleasant, clear and portrayed so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic bird, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter!
Whata a beauty! wonderful colors and good sharpness.Excellent use of flash! Gorgeous work!Many congrats and thanks for sharing!
Nice carnival!

Hi Peter, Neighbors today my friend, superb capture of this fine bird, splendid lighting and wonderful colours, very nice POV with a lovely pose, good sharpness but lacking detail?, nevertheless a terrific picture here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-18 9:04]

hello peter

excellent capture with wonderful colour.
focus and sharphness applied well.very thanks for ur gold note too.

Hallo Peter,
what a beautiful portrait of the White-Crowned Robin-Chat, very good sharpness, beautiful bright colours, point of view and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hello Peter
Subject awfully nice beautifully colored, like the details.
Good sharpness and excellent POV.
Hello Nico TFS

A beautiful bird with lovely colours. Good pose and eye contact, nice detail.
regards yiannis

nice excessive performance the colors are fine like a bird paradise, very nice POV and composition!
regards Peter

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2012-02-18 9:56]

Merhaba Peter,
harika bir fotoğraf; renkler, netlik ve ışık harika olmuş..tebrik ederim.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-18 10:00]

Hi Peter!
Nice colorful bird, captured with excellent POV and DOF. Very good contrast against the green BG.
May be there are not great details, as usual (in my opinion) but, however a lovely composition.
Have a nice Sunday.
ciao! Vanda

Hallo Peter
ZO!!deze is wel heel erg mooi
super details speciaal dat mooie petje wat hij op zijn kop heeft
goed van scherpte en super mooie kleuren
bedankt groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
Very dinamic photo,very-very interesting birds,excellent compozition and good sharpness.The lighting and the colours are fantastic.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Peter.
Foto interessante di questo uccello che non avevo mai visto finora,bello con dei colori eccellenti,
ottima nitidezza con dei particolari super,bene la composizione bravo.
Ti auguro una buona Domenica ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hi Peter,
amazing colours of this bird. Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details. Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter
Great capture of this strange and beautiful bird.Great vivid colors and impressive sharpness.Fine composition and presentation.
Thank You
Have a good weekend.
Best regards

Ciao Peter. An interesting specie here. The best managment of light and colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-18 15:18]

Hi Peter,there is a magic light inside this pic,what a beautiful capture and what a brilliant details and colors,very nice and interesting specie,a rare guest of the TN gallery,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-18 15:25]

Hello Peter,
splendid image of this beauty! Excellent sharpness and light; beautiful colours and great POV. Very well done!

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this species of bird,
with fine POV, for the framing i would just leave
a little more space in the bottom of the image,
great focus sharpness and details, excellent contrast,



Another impressive exotic bird Peter! Beautiful photo with fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

Hi Peter, this is a great shot of this beautiful bird. Good sharpness, detail and POV.

Hallo Peter ,

Ten eerste WOOW wat een mooie vogel

Ten tweede super kleuren en scherpte is perfect


Groetjes Senol

Hello Peter,
it's great to see you still posting beautiful pictures of all kind of birds.
Good use of the flash, well balanced with day light and still details in the BG. Fine sharpness with good DOF, the entire bird is in focus and still stand out well.
Nice colours and well composed too.
Well done,mf.

Best regards

Hello Peter!

Excellent shot!

What a beautiful colors and excellent quality. Great dark green background made this bird bit more attractive.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-19 18:22]

Hello Peter,
A very attractive bird that I am not at all familiar with. I can definitely see it's resemblance to our American Robins, except for the crown on it's head. Nicely composed shot with super detail and well saturated colors. Love the tiny catchlight in it's eye and semi blurred BG. Well done!!

Hello Peter,
Hope you are doing fine. You are a master of photography, Peter. In difficult conditions this is a fantastic photo. Your notes like those of Ram and some of our other friends, are so informative, so realistic and such a delight to read. This photo boasts fine colours, sharp focus and beautiful background....really enjoyed watching it. Thanks a lot for sharing this and thanks for your support brother.....warmest regards/Abid

Hello Peter,
Another beautiful bird captured in remarkable splendid detail my friend. Great eye sparkle, sharpness and detail combined with beautiful colours and light. Just excellent!!
Best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-20 11:25]

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful and excellent photo of this nice bird.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
Nice bird, and shoting with flash isn't easy!... I was some time away from TN, but thru this time I can shot some birds!... I hope have some time to post this and show you!... Regards and hugs MF!...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-22 6:16]

Hello Peter,
what a lovely view. The bird is excellently presented and wonderfully composed.
Good work and exciting as always.
Love its colours and sharpness.


Hi Peter,
An excellent shot with good sharpness,colours and POV.

Hello Peter,
You have another fantastic bird captured in very good details. Nice isolation with vivid details.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter,
A very interesting bird, great shot.

wonderful bird Peter, excellent colors and details but your work to add some blur for background, is not so good,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-13 5:52]

Hello peter,
A very striking African bird! You have seen it in a bird-park in your country too, and you have well done to show the better picture, to valorise the bird. Good sharpness, nice and vivid attitude of the Robin-chat and an interesting colored background.
Thanks also for the note
Kind regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2012-03-25 18:23]

What beautiful colors on this bird! And a first for me!
Excellent pose, sharp, and nice catch light in the eye!
I love your photos of exotic birds.
TFS, Peter!

Hi Peter,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the White-Crowned Robin-Chat. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


hello Peter,
what fantastic picture it is.
superb sharpness, colour and composition.
best wishes,

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