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Oriental Magpie Robin (male)

Oriental Magpie Robin (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-17 8:19
Viewed: 2477
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
under proper sunlight, black can become bluish. i checked it with Drongos, and now this Oriental Magpie Robin. convinced :)

i found this bird in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary... two weeks ago... it was there for a while and was listening to the continuous, sharp, melodious call of another similar bird coming from a nearby tree... there was a canopy of branches... i was under that... apparently hidden.

Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) is a singer bird. in our language (Bengali), it is called Doyel.

it is mostly seen close to the ground, hopping along branches or foraging in leaf-litter on the ground with cocked tail. males sing loudly from the top of trees or other high perches during the breeding season.

Magpie Robins breed mainly from March to July in India.

females spend more effort on feeding the young than males. males are quite aggressive in the breeding season and will defend their territory. and respond to the singing of intruders and even their reflections. males spend more time on nest defense.

apart from their song, they use a range of calls including territorial calls, emergence and roosting calls, threat calls, submissive calls, begging calls and distress calls.. :)

this bird is generally found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thiland, south China, Singapore and Philippines.

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hello Ruby
great composition of this bird with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-17 9:05]

Hello Ruby,
Nice photo of this Oriental Magpie Robin. Good sharpness in its'nice to see the natural environment. Fine composition in natural colours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-17 19:07]

Hello Ruby,
An attractive image of this Oriental Magpie. It usually takes some good technique, patience and sometime a little luck to keep the focus sharp in tangled habitat like this, but you managed to get it done perfectly. Beautiful natural coloration and excellent white balance. Well done!!

Hello Ruby,
Hope you are well! Wonderful new addition to Treknature's library with this post I think, well spotted gorgeous Oriental Magpie Robin ( first for me at least ) captured mysteriously between thorns and dense shrubs, its natural habitat obviously. Fortunately the camera did manage to focus on the subject in time ...pleasant depth created by the f/5.8, although, wider aperture could create even more pleasant separation between the subject and the rest ...but most probably that was a limitation of the zoom at 150mm! I still do not know in which mode you are using your PowerShot? I suspect on Auto, which rather takes away the creativity factor on one hand and gives you a false sense of assurance that everything is under control ...on the other one. Well, maybe right, but I personally "hate" the "P" and Auto Mode ;) The Central composition here is another controversial topic here I think....some people resist to accept the rule of third understandably ... after all this is a component of the image which concerns the visual aesthetics of that image. The rule of third is something which is widely used in photography around the world! In my workshop I have cropped the image behind the bird. All the best dear Ruby!
George Veltchev

Also under proper sunlight white becomes overexposed which creates a 'white hole' in your picture, as can be seen here underneath the black head. You can try to avoid this bu underexposing and brightening it in Photoshop, or shoot earlier in the day.


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