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Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-28 3:50
Viewed: 10383
Points: 14
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Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher
(Terpsiphone mutata)

I shot this bird in the dense rainforest of Ranomafana National Park.
A very difficult shot because the gap of exposure between sunny and shadows areas was really open (4 steps). I take some bracket shots and this one seems to be the best.
I used Velvia 50 film, the best film ever produced for nature photographie and then I scanned it.

Here's more info sourced from the web about this amazing bird:

Perhaps it is the gaudiest bird in the forest, endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros, which may be seen nesting in Oct and Nov. There are two main colorations for the male (with several grades between), in one (the white morph) the chest and belly are white while the back and most of the tail are black, the two long tail feathers are white, in the other (the rufous morph) the chest, belly, back and most of the tail are red (usually the two long feathers are white, but sometimes they are red). In both the head is black with an ultramarine ring around each eye, the wings are black with a white bar. The the long tail feathers may be three times as long as the rest of the tale. The female is almost entirely red with a black cap and no eyering. Immature males look similar to the females (but have an eye-ring). Males may breed before achieving adult coloration. Both sexes help build the nest and both incubate the eggs. Both sexes may cheat on their partners.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-28 4:23]

You did nicely in difficult conditions! (really lousy english, I know..)

I didn't know you were a film-shooter; I thought you used a D100?!

Anyway, beautiful colours on the bird!


Hello andrea, excllent details, Bg, POV, DOF, perfect colors, Nice Job, TFS kyle

Ciao Andrea,
Bella fotografia, stupendo l'accostamento dei colori,il verde della vegetazione e il rosso dell'uccello, bello l'occhio, molto vivo.
La fotografia esotica mi affascina!

Le foto ai "martini" le ho scattate tutte all'Oasi di Trepalade, dentro un capanno(palafitta) che ora è inutilizzabile per le cattive condizioni in cui si trova.
Dovrebbero farne un altro..... quando sarà, se ti interessa, ti farò sapere.

Lovely image of this beautiful bird from Madagascar, Andrea.
Excellent POV, DOF and colours.

Bella fotografia, stupendo l'accostamento dei colori,il verde della vegetazione e il rosso dell'uccello, bello l'occhio, molto vivo.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-28 19:07]

Hi Andrea,
Great shot. Excellent details, colours and composition. Well done and TFS.

Um belo e importante registro. Estes animais, como nós todos, estão ameaçados de extinção.Great shot.

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