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Fork-tailed drongo

Fork-tailed drongo
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 8:18
Viewed: 5392
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, also called the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo, is a drongo, a type of small passerine bird of the Old World tropics.

It is taken close to Mopani restcamp.here.

Thank you for looking.

Overexposed 1 stop. ISO 250.
PP in Bridge and PS CS.

PaulH, pankajbajpai, Necipp, zulfu, nglen, boreocypriensis, SelenE, Jamesp, bahadir, xTauruSx, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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Dear Annick, Fantastic background, nice perch adn a beautiful bird. Perfect, very nice composition. Good details of the bird and specially its face and wings,feathers. well done.TFS. with best regards.vab.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-21 8:48]

Hi Annick,
wel it doesn;t get much btter than this in terms of wildlife portraiture really. Almost like studio work. The background is superb, as well as the obvious quality of the main subject. First class work, very well done.

Hello Annick
This is a splendid capture...The sharpness is genuine from the 400mm as is the bg..The composition is spot on with the branch diagonally crossing the frame.
Tfs and All the Best Paul

(Have you used or do you have any opinions on the 300mmf2.8 ?)

hi annick,

lovely capture of Fork-tailed drongo,
the almost monotonus bg offers good contrast, the details are fine and the red eye of the bird looks sharp and beautiful, fine management of exposure here,

well done as usual,

tfs & regards

Hola Annick, muy bonita fotografia.
Una excelente composición, buena luz y color.
El fondo limpio y perfectamente desenfocado, realza muy bien los bonitos colores del pájaro. Un saludo

Dear Annick,
Very good details on the black body of this drango. we also have a same drongo in our country. I feel the lighting was low and even in this lighting the picture has comeout very nice .composition is too good.

Hello Annick very good exposure nice capture of detail considering the dark subject. good choice of composition with space in front and beautifuly contrasting smooth background Rgds Necip

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-21 10:41]

Hello Annick, wonderful shot of a fork-tailed drongo. TFS. Regards, Mehmet

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-21 10:42]

Hallo Annick,
Voor dit soort foto's ben ik altijd in. Wat een schitterende opname. De kleuren en scherpte zijn ook nu weer perfect. De prachtige achtergrond is nog een bonus. Uitstekende compositie. Kwalitatief erg goed!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-07-21 11:42]

Beautiful bird, good shot, excellent quality of photo. I like it a lot.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-21 12:57]

Hi Annick. A strange name for a bird. but a very beautiful one . Your picture shows the forked tail so well. you have very good detail and colour in the feathers. the brown eye stands out so well. TFS.

Hello Annick, what a beautiful bird resembling swallows. Perfect POV and superb details my friend! TFS.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-21 13:44]

Hi Annick,
POV, composition,color tones, and pose you captured are very nice. TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-21 14:14]

Hi Annick

Excellent pose and use of frame - excellent detail and colour too.


Hello Annick, wonderful shot of this beautiful bird. TFS.

Hi Annick,
A great shot of this beauty in all aspects.thanks for sharing.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-22 0:36]

Merhaba Annick,
İnce dal üzerinde oldukça enfes bir kuş fotosu olmuş. Renkler ve keskinlik çok hoş. Çok başarılı ve gözalıcı bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-22 1:11]

It really is a Drongo! Not a nice name at all for this beautifully coloured navy blue bird. What unusual colours it has Annick, well captured by you,

What did I do, blink..and mis a couple of your postings. You are hard to keep up with!. One thing I love about your photos is that they are very sharp, well saturated, with good light, but they are never harsh... never too much sharpening nor contrast. They are just lovely. I really like the softly variegated background behind this simple composition.

Evelynn : )

Ha Annick,

Nog zo een BEAUTY die ik gemist heb
Fantastische plaat met geweldige kleuren
uitstekende 4kante compo
deze komt tussn mijn favorites

TFS Thijs

Hi Annick,
This bird is a superb model! Look at this color! He looks a bit like a mini crow but more beautiful and blue :) I like those natural colors and exposure, details, composition and catch light is this lovely red eye! Thanks,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-08-29 5:18]

Hi Annick,
Nice shot of this drongo. I particularly liked the background.Like a painting i might add. We have the same species here in India too though now its no longer D . adsimilis but D. macrocercus.

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