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Fork-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM + 1.4 MK2 Conv, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-02 11:39
Viewed: 3094
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken free-hand while walking on the many foot paths in the Gwenya Resort 6km from the Kruger National Park.
PP consists of slight cropping and very little saturation due to the glare at 11:47 that morning. I was not 100% sure about the species (Fork-tailed Drongo or Square-tailed Drongo) but after comparing previous photos and seeing them in flight I decided on the Fork-tailed Drongo due to its size. If I am wrong, please assist.
Enjoy and comments are welcome!
Best regards,

Fork-tailed Drongo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Fork-tailed Drongo, also called the Common Drongo, African Drongo, or Savanna Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis), is a drongo, a type of small passerine bird of the Old World tropics. The species was earlier considered to cover Asia, but the Asian species is now called the Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). They are members of the family Dicruridae.

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a common and widespread resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. Two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.
These are aggressive and fearless birds, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey if their nest or young are threatened.

The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.

The Fork-tailed Drongo is 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It flycatches or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.
The call is a metallic strink-strink.

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Hello Carl,
Another interesting image with a nice bird. Excellent sharpness, perfect details and lovely natural colors. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. I like the extraordinary POV.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-09-02 11:47]

Hi Carl,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird.
Perfect composition,nice natural colours
and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-02 12:31]

Hallo Carl,
Erg mooie foto van deze 'Mikstertbyvanger' zoals jullie hem in het Afrikaans noemen. Prachtige kleuren en uitstekende scherpte. Aantrekkelijke pose met oog contact.
Vriendelijke groet,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-02 14:13]

Hi Carl,the black plumage is always a problem for the photographers,and i like a lot how you take this specie so well,whit birght details and great light management,very nice pose too!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
What a beautiful image and I have to commend you with the sharpness achieved without artificial camera support. I have also uploaded an image of a forktailed drongo here but it just does not compare. Excellent composition and clarity and a pleasure to view. Well done and best wishes.

Beautiful bird and impressive photo Carl! The composition, the framing the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

hello Carl
fantastic photography, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness and POV
Congratulations, hello Vanni

Hello Carl

Such a perfect shot with precise light and angle to reveal the subtle black , blue , brown coloration in its plummage as compared to the predominant black/grey tones in the Indian species. Very nicely done.

Hi Carl,
You have a great gallery. I will be back.
Great captures. Congratulation. I did put you in my favorite list.


Excellent detail of the dark subject. This is never easy to do siccessfully. The details and sharpness are great, with good lighting, composition and DOF.

Hello Carl,
A very nice sharp photo of the Fork-tailed Drongo, very well exposure, great highlighted eye, a very well captured,
Thank for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hallo Carl
bedankt voor je commentaar
deze mag er ook zijn super foto met veel details en prachtige kleuren
bedankt groet lou

Hello Carl

Excellent photo of the Fork-tailed Drongo,
the fine POV giving that beautiful eye-contact,
beautiful light, great focus, sharpness,
and details of its dark plumage, TFS


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