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Bronzed Drongo

Bronzed Drongo
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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: 2012-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 9:16
Viewed: 3232
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
i took this photograph on last Saturday, i.e., almost three days back.. in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary.. under harsh and direct sunlight [just the fact].

i didn't notice the bird at first. it was its call which had attracted me. a new one and sweet. not had heard before. i searched for its source, and found this blue bird! the bird was at far and in shade. after further examination, i realized it was a Drongo. but then, why blue?! it was not the sunlight, of course. the bird, as i had said, was in shade then.

i studied the bird for almost 20 minutes. it was continuously moving. hopping from one Mango tree to another. two of them were there. no doubt, absolutely blue! later i saw a nest. most probably, the bird had laid eggs in that. both the birds were very concerned and protective about that nest, and one bird was frequently sitting in it with wings stretched.

am curious. what kind of Drongo is this?

and sorry for the poor quality of the photograph. this much only i could manage under circumstances. the bird was at far, quite restless and the sunlight was harsh.


28/ March/ 2012
thank you Nigel (Merlin) for helping me with the ID of this (blue) Drongo. it's always nice to see a new bird and to learn new things about birds! :)
Nigel and George, both of your workshops show mine one (original) was so poor in sharpness :(
but at least, your workshops have tried to do justice [out of my poor shot] to the beauty of the bird. am happy for that. :)

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Hi, Ruby
A nice portrait of the Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus, which can be separated from the similar Ashy Drongo by its black eyes (which show nicely in your photograph), which are red in the "Ashy". The image as posted is very slightly soft, perhaps because the shutter speed is a little low for the focal length selected, or it may be just atmospheric haze, but it might benefit from a little software sharpening? I've done a quick workshop on it - I hope you like it. Either way, he looks very handsome sat on his perch.
Regards, Nigel.

Hello Ruby,

Hope you are well. The ID seems a little tricky to me, however, first off, it might be a black drongo, sitting puffed up, a sub-species and if you insist on blue sheen than it might be Bronzed Drongo (or Crow-billed Drongo). Don't think it is a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo sans those longer artistic feathers. Let me assert I am no expert, it is my interest in birds as a nature lover which compels me to know the birds of my region which is always a plus point. No show off just a little help from a friend....let us see what the experts say in this regard. Thanks a lot for sharing another wonderful bird photo from your area.
Take care....warmest regards/Abid

* Sorry, I am back,I have cross-posted with Nigel and I agree with him after reading his note.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-27 10:14]

Hello Ruby.
A very nice capture of this bird. Nice POV, and Great sharpness, very well composed! Thank you for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ruby,
A Beautiful capture of a Bronzed Drongo from a good POV. I realise that you took this photo in difficult conditions but you succeeded. A Bit noise in the BG but Nigel's workshop emphasized the bird a bit more and brought the colours out.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-27 11:08]

Hello Ruby,
Nice photo of a Bronzed Drongo, Nigel is right, I think. Pleasing pose with eye contact. Good sharpness. The colours can use a bit more contrast. Fine composition.

Hello my dear friend,
hope you are just fine! Yes....Good! Well, after seeing the Nigel Workshop, I decided to go a step further after sensing the presence of cold colors here ...ha ha ha! Cool cold colors, but not convincingly inviting and natural! Those may be falsified words, because the original image deserve more positive appreciation in my opinion! Wonderfully spotted and executed capture Ruby Sarkar ..fantacy ;) Have a great day/evening and please forgive me for my lethargic response in regards to your mail .....those days I feel light-hearted :)
George Veltchev

Hi Ruby,

Never seen this bird before. Though I first thought it could be normal (black) drongo - which also look faintly bluish with sunlight. But as experts suggested I guess it's a different bird altogether. You are lucky to have it there - because this MAP excludes the bird from your location.

Exotic bird, nice pose with catchlight.


PS: May be I have confused with bronzed & crow-billed both named appeared in the discussions.

Hi Ruby,
Nice capture of this lovely bird,great point of view,good focus and nice natural colours.

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