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Karoo Thrush

Karoo Thrush
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-14 3:58
Viewed: 5551
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken in the Harold Porter reserve at Betties bay (150km east of CapeTown) in the Western Cape. This is the Karoo Thrush (Olive Thrush) (577), a common brown garden bird with a yellow bill. Size 20-22 cm - this bird is about the same size as a Laughing Dove. Afrikaans: Bruinlyster

The bill is quite stout, equal to or shorter than the head, slightly curved downwards; and yellow in colour. The feet and legs are yellow. The Karoo Thrush is mostly grey-brown with the centre of belly light dull orange, and the sides of belly light greyish orange, merging to grey. The throat has fine streaking, The undertail coverts are brownish-grey and the tail is a similar colour to the rest of the bird.

This is a common garden bird in many parts of the country, and is usually seen hopping on the lawns or foraging in gardens. It natural habitat is riverine bush in light woodland or grassland area, but it occurs in patches of suitable habitat within the arid western parts of the country. It is very fond of habitats modified by human activity and is most commonly seen in orchards, farmyards and gardens.

It is fond of probing or scraping in soft ground, and runs with quick steps along the ground. It is usually seen in pairs, although interaction between several birds is quite common.

This species used to be regarded as the same species as the Olive Thrush. The Olive Thrush is a forest bird, found less often in gardens, which is more secretive and less gregarious.

It eats insects, molluscs, spiders, small lizards, nestling birds, fruit and seeds.

The alarm call is a thin tseep, usually uttered when the bird takes off. The song is a series of whistled phrases, with a proportion of trilled and fluty notes.

This species breeds all year round, but mainly August-September in the w Cape and September - December elsewhere. The nest is a large bowl of coarse leaves, twigs, grass and moss; lined with mud and dry grass.

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He is beautifull Japie,
Good composed, good colours, well taken, very nice note, great job.

Good shot of the thrush sitting on the tree, Japie. I like that we can see him unobscured by any of the branches, and appreciate the fine colors and detail of the plumage. The way he is posing makes a nice diagonal composition. Well done.

Japie, A good shot with great colours and composition. Unfortunately it seems that focus is on the branch behind the bird. It it would be in focus it would be very good.
Greetings, Jan

Good composed, good colours.
Good note

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-14 6:58]

A good capture.
Very good composition and great colours with nice detail.
Excellent note too,very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-14 7:01]

Great shot Japie, I agree wth Jan about the focus. I do like hte light coming through the branches. good.

Very nice. Good take of this thrush. I love the adamant pose of the bird. The light through the branches add a nice effect. Very detailed note. Yip, foucs a wee bit out, still a nice shot. Thanx Japie.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-14 11:15]

Nice one here, and your notes are spot on. I have many Olove thrushes in my garden and some I still want to post on TN as well. Looks like you had a busy week.

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