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Rufous-naped Lark

Rufous-naped Lark
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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/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-15 3:39
Viewed: 408
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana) or Rufous-naped Bush Lark is a widespread and conspicuous species of lark in the lightly wooded grasslands, open savannas and farmlands of the Afrotropics. Males attract attention to themselves by their bold and repeated wing-fluttering displays from prominent perches, which is accompanied by a melodious and far-carrying whistled phrase. They have consistently rufous outer wings and a short erectile crest, but the remaining plumage hues and markings are individually and geographically variable. It has a straight lower, and longish, curved upper mandible.

Twenty-three subspecies are recognized.
This is the Mirafra africana transvaalensis

Distribution and habitat
The Rufous-naped Lark is found in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
It tolerates a range of dry or mesic habitats, typically bushy grassland or sparsely wooded savannah. It also occurs along the fringes of marshes, in woodland clearings or in the fragmented ecotone of woodland and grassland.

Behaviour and ecology
The Rufous-naped Lark is sedentary, territorial and monogamous. At any time of the year, but especially when the rains commence, a male will spend hours calling from a conspicuous perch.

The male will courtship feed the female to reinforce their pair-bond or to secure a mating opportunity. The cup is lined with finer plant material, and 2 to 3 (rarely 4) eggs are laid. The incubation period is about 14 to 15 days, and singing by the male decreases as incubation commences. The young are fed by both parents, though mainly by the female. Surviving chicks leave the nest after about 12 days, before they are able to fly.

Source: A short part of the Wikipedia information.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-15 4:22]

Dag Peter,

Mooie zingende pose van deze leeuwerik.


Hello Peter,
Image is very sharp against difficult light condition.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-15 6:22]


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice singing action, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend have a good weekend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Nice specie of bird. The blue sky is not the best background, still clear and blurry.

The grey sky background highlights the bird beautifully, Peter.
I see Tamron long lens working at its best in your picture.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2019-03-16 10:17]

Hallo Peter,
Very nice shot of this beautiful bird ..
Very nice shot of this Rufous-naped Lark ..
Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-03-16 18:17]

Hi Peter
Unknown bird to me.
Nicely shown with such a backdrop.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-24 6:20]

Hi Peter,difficult light in background but an excellent exposure to take the best sharpness and colors of this nice species,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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