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Burchell's Coucal

Burchell's Coucal
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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: 2017-11-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-11 3:08
Viewed: 423
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Suddenly it came out of the bush, almost too close to the car for a photo.

Burchell's Coucal (Centropus burchellii), is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa. It inhabits areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub, including in suitable coastalregions. Common names include Gewone Vleilourie in Afrikaans.

The Burchell's Coucal is named after the British naturalist William John Burchell. This common resident of southern Africa is usually seen as a solitary individual or seen in pairs and prefers clambering through the riverine or coastal bush. It is more often heard than it is seen, when it does fly, the flight is ponderous and ends with a long glide to the next bush. This bird has a distinctive call, which resembles water pouring from a bottle, and various other calls such as the "dove" call and an alarm hiss.

Between September and February a large matted nest is normally made in a thorn tree. Usually four white eggs are laid, and hatch out after 14 to 18 days. Both parents feed the nestlings for another three weeks.
The Burchell's Coucal is predatory, stalking through thick bush and eating insects, snails, amphibians (frogs and toads), reptiles (including lizards and chameleons) and birds up to the size of a laughing dove.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Nice and interesting image. Perfect details of the feathers and excellent focus as usual.
A interesting specie of bird.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-11 8:12]

Beautiful Peter..

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-11 10:25]

Dag Peter,
Mooie scherpe foto van deze koekoek. Opvallend toch hoe deze koekoek afwijkt van de ons bekende soort...
De kleuren zijn prachtig en om'm van zo dichtbij te kunnen fotograferen moet je echt geluk hebben.
Mooie plaat!


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-03-11 17:17]

Hi Peter
The plumage gives a special appearance to this bird.
Interesting post.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-12 12:48]

Hi Peter,great close up of this couchal species,this too not often seen on TN,an excellent sharpness as usual! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Kruger is really beautiful but I have experienced it's very tough to get everything perfect in picture sitting in the vehicle. Quite well captured this Burchell's Coucal. Unfriendly, for photography, location, but well framed, I mean tightly, here. Details are very good, no doubt.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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