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Speckled Mousebird2

Speckled Mousebird2
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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: 2007-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 7:12
Viewed: 3498
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I placed the first photo and information of this bird.

The Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus) are conspicuously social birds, feeding together and engaging in mutual preening. They also accompany each other when they go to ground to dust bathe (also to occasionally to swallow pebbles to assist in grinding up vegetation as they digest it). Upon nightfall, they roost in very tight groups of 20 or so birds and on cold nights they can become torpid. Being in a torpid state could make them easy prey, but the large groups are apparently effective enough to deter most nocturnal predators.
These creatures may breed at any time of the year. The nest is a large (for the bird) and untidy cup comprised of vegetable and animal material (sometimes including cloth and paper) and is constructed by both the male and female. The clutch can range anywhere from 1 to 7 eggs (apparently based on latitude), but usually averages around 3 or 4. Nestlings are fed not only by both parents but also by helpers, which usually consist of juveniles from previous clutches. The incubation period takes 14 days and the offspring will leave the nest for the first time at about 17 or 18 days. After a little over a month, the nestlings will begin foraging for themselves.
The Speckled Mousebird is not known for its voice, in the way a songbird is. It is a noisy creature usually, making a warbling tsu-tsu call while in flight. It has an alarm call described as tisk-tisk.

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Hi Peter,
Superb detail and sharpness characterises this pic, the colors and composition ti simply too good.

Peter, What a cool looking little bird.
I love the texture in the feathers,
Great job,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-17 7:27]

Hi peter. i just love this little bird. I think its the feathers on the head. you have captured fine detail in colour.good use of the light in the eye.a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.Good notes too.

Hello Peter, what a strange but wonderfull bird, this capture is splendid with a perfect focus and great pose, I like very much the diagonal composition and the fantastic background,
well done,

What a cool looking little bird Peter.
Luv the head turned pose and POV here..
Very good detail, color, exposure, comp, and BG.
Well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-17 8:31]

Hola Peter.- Bella la foto, exelente claridad y muy bellos los detalles que se aprecian aqui. Me agrada mucho este pequeño. saludos Luis52.

Ha Peter,

Mooi shot van deze schitterende vogel
Goede scherpte
perfecteee details van de bevedering
jammer dat je die mooie lange staart er niet op hebt staan

TFS Thijs

Hi Peter.
Not heard of a mousebird before so this is great to see with great notes to go with it. Well exposed for clear detail and colour, wonderful pose, love the feathers up on the head.
Great shot,

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-17 15:42]

Hi Peter
Nice cute fluffy mousebird
Excellent sharpness,detail and color
tfs jon

Superb! excellent detail and colour, a well composed shot...

Gorgeous bird, nice job on capturing the detail, well taken indeed!


Hello Peter
Another wonderful shot of this Speckled Mousebird,Great focusing,lighting and POV,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hi Peter,
Excellent portrait of this Speckled Mousebirds.
Great POV, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Cheers from Hong Kong

Preciosa toma , con naturalidad en los colores y un buen encuadre.
Saludos Peter.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-18 10:27]

selam peter
really its wonderful capturing of this cute and beautiful bird
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 16:55]

Hello Peter

Wonderful POV and DOF.You have achieved excellent eye contact and catch light.
The plumage detail is sharp and well defined.
Lovely colours and lighting.
Well done.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-19 4:35]

Hello Peter, that one is very good too ! Great bird and great picture ! Sharp, good exposure and well composed. Well done, thanks.


Hi Peter,
what a downy and fluffy looking bird this one is.You have caught much detail in this shot and the colour is nice however the focus seems to be just a little soft but I know that that is often because of the resize needed for uploading to TN.A likable bird and one most welcome to TN.Thanks for sharing it with us. Bob

bonjour peter
une belle image avec un bon POV et un BG bien flou.
n'est elle pas un peu trop accentuée?

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-22 10:17]

Hi Peter

What a cute bird. The details in the feathers are amazing. The head feathers look so delicate. Lovely pose, sharp details and perfect DOF



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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-28 4:23]

Hello Peter, looking through your gallery, I see you have a wealth of exotic birds to photograph there in Brazil. They are all fine shots. This one I find very interesting, such soft fluffy feathers, and that magnificent crown. Very well exposed and nice and sharp showing all the fine detail in the bird. Good colorus, light and tone. Very nice compositon.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-11-28 12:33]

Hi Peter
İnteresting and cute bird
Very nice pose

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-10 9:28]

Hi Peter.
I am very pleased with your decision to mark me as favorite. It is so great honor to me.

I have read your intro with great pleasure an I am really impressed with your amazing bird collection. This picture is such one. The bird is captured with great love and skill. I like wonderful composition, framing and cropping. Lights, details and colours are stunning too as well as the nice smooth BG. I think the children are happy the see these beauties. My compliments and TFS.

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