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Groundscraper thrush

Groundscraper thrush
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-22 3:00
Viewed: 3917
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa) is a passerine bird of southern and eastern Africa belonging to the thrush family Turdidae. It is the only member of the genus Psophocichla.

It is 22–24 cm long with an erect posture, short tail, heavy bill and fairly long legs. The upperparts are plain grey-brown with a chestnut wing-panel. The underparts are white with black spots and the face is white with bold black markings. The underwing has a black and white pattern which is visible during the undulating flight. The bird has a slow whistled song and a clicking call.

There are four subspecies: P. l. litsitsirupa is the most southerly form, occurring from Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique south to northern and eastern parts of South Africa. P. l. pauciguttatus is found in southern Angola, northern Namibia and north-west Botswana while P. l. stierlingae occurs in a band from northern Angola across to western Tanzania, Malawi and north-west Mozambique. The range of P. l. simensis is separated from the others; it inhabits the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The species is found in savannas, grassland and open woodland. It can be tame and will forage in parks, gardens and around picnic sites.

The cup-shaped nest is built using vegetation and spider-webs and is lined with feathers or leaves. Three or four eggs are laid and are incubated for 14 to 15 days. They are bluish with lilac and red-brown spots and blotches.

In the Workshop I am presenting an image of the Groundscraper thrush female in her nest.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, Aperture priority and evaluative metering system.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-22 3:05]

Hi George,
this out is a real stunner! The beauty on its breast is splendid- the pattern of the feather.
So superb clarity and wonderful details very well defined in a lively composition.
Very attractive view.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-22 3:06]

Hi George,what a beautiful surprise this morning! An impressive close-up,the best way to know and discover this beautiful specie.What a beautiful plums desing,what a colors and what a very nice bird.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

An excellent full frame photo of a thrush with 200 mm Lenses!! Very impressive George!!

hello george!!
very charming photo....as usual u shoot.verymuch eye friendly with mild color management.really nice shot. TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-22 4:39]

Hello George,
You must have been close to achieve such a sharp image of the Groundscraper Thrush when using just a 200mm lens.
The POV maches the pose perfectly and the use of flash was just right for natural colours and BG.
Thanks for sharing this excellent portait of this species of thrush.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-22 5:26]

Hello George,
I like your smart composition. This pretty bird has lovely eye. The tones of the nice background match with the colors of the Thrush . Exposure, DOF and sharpness are excellent.Best regards Siggi

Dear friend George,
Hello ! How are you?
Another photo HQ from you ! Wow! I think I ´ll never take a pic like that...But I feel happy for you!!! You are great with your
Canon! With it you do some pieces of art..Thanks my friend and go on!!!Thanks for sharing and also thanks for the instructive note.
Best wishes from,
YF aNa
PS: I Posted some note on you pic " new Project".Have you read it? bye, bye!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-22 5:55]

Hi George.
Very nice portrait of an unknown for me and very cute species. Composition of the shot, position of the bird and old perch in to the fame is great. I also like excellent flash work, details of the bird and colours. May it would be better a little bit to use smaller aperture value (7.1 or 8) to achieve the same level of sharpness of both legs of the bird. But it is visible with microscope only :). My warm greetings and TFS.

Ciao "Big George". Magnificent lightning capture with best colours results. Best compliments.


Hallo George,
a superb portrait of the Groundscraper Thrush, outstanding sharpness, perfect flash exposure with marvellously beautiful colours, excellent POV and composition, "molto bravo"
Grazie e complimenti
Best regards

hello George

excellent close-up photo of this species of Thrush,
with fine POV and the way diagonally it is framed,
great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background,
and i love the warmer color tones of the background,



wonderful subject, very good picture with excellent details,colors and light,

un saluo, tino

Hi George,

My name is Paul and i reside in Johannesburg SA, i was a member of Edenvale camera club some years ago,
the five star workers came up with the most astonishingly sharp & colourful bird images, which where envied by many,

Well George this image (Groundscraper Thrush) will take on the best of the best, fabulous picture and is worth all the accolades of the Critiques to come, TFS,



Hello George, another image of this beautiful bird. the quality of the shot ... as usual is high and is also fantastic general cleaning of the image. Great work in post-production. All the best, Paolo

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-22 7:40]

Hi George,
Splendid photo, very fine and sharp details, natural colors, of this interesting Bird, TFS!

amazingly sharp portrait, TFS Ori

Hello George,
Splendid image of a wonderful bird. As usual you managed perfect the exposure. Outstanding sharp details, very good focus and impressive clarity.
The composition and POV are excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

WOW!! What a stunning photo George. So clear sharp and beautiful.
I like the orange color with the black spots. I reminds me of the cheetah or leopard. Beautiful eyes with distinct black stripes in the face. It stands out against the faded background and that makes it look sharp and clear. Very well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hello George,
A magnificent portrait of a Groundscraper thrush. Bird has an interesting plumage, seen in detail.

Bonjour George,
Excellente publication valorisant magnifiquement le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs grace à une bonne maitrise de la lumière et de la profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao George, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-22 10:59]

Hi George,
Great sharpness, very nice POV and composition.
Congratulations and best regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-02-22 11:27]

Hi George,
very nice portrait of a beautiful bird,Gorgeous light,colours
and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi George,
this is another beautiful photo of bird. Perfect sharpness, amazing colours and excellent point of view.
Thanks also for interesting note,

Imponente nitidez y realismo en este trabajo que nos presentas.
El ave está en una posición inmejorable. Los colores son realmente bellos:
un gran trabajo.
Saludos George: Josep Ignasi.

Hello George,
A beautiful close-up of this Groundscraper Thrush. Nice and sharp shot with good colours and composition. Well done!

AMAZING shot George,

EXCELLENT sharp details
Lovely pose, colors, composition and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-23 1:15]

Hello George,
What can I add after all the compliments you received already? Perfect in every sens. What I like the most are the fine tints and the perfect harmony of colors between bird and surroundings. The composition as usual is excellent.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi George - i like all your capture very much and your composition is great. Sharpness of the pic is just too good. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-27 7:49]

Hello George,
After a short absence I'm back.
Fantastic photo of this Grounscraper Thrush in all aspects.
I'm surpriced about the yellow/oranges spots on the breast. I've never seen these before at this species.

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