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Koel - Female

Koel - Female
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): NATURE'S BEST, Gems from India part 2, Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-04 9:13
Viewed: 5201
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Asian Koel female is a brown profusely spotted and barred with white bird.It frequents gardens, groves and open country abounding in large leafy trees.It is usually silent in winter but gets very noisy with the advent of hot weather.Unlike the male koel, the female does not makes the "kuoo" call for which the Koel is famous for.It eats fruits and berries and also insects and caterpillars.It's parasitic and lays eggs in the nests of house crows or jungle crows.
This picture was taken near Thattekkad with Nikon D200/Nikkor 300mm AF-S F4.
I wish you all a happy and properous 2008!!!
Thank you for your time.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-04 9:18]

Hello Smitha,
So, we're neighbours today! This is a lovely close capture of the Asian Coel showing impressive details and fine colours. I like the focus on that red eye and the soft background. Nice work!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-04 9:21]

Hello Smitha,
Superb close portrait of a female Asian Koel. Though it may be atiny bit OE, the sharpness and colours are fine. The composition against anatural bokeh BG, the pose and the POV are excellent.
Well done and thanks.
With best wishes for 2008,

Dear Smitha
Wonderful shot of this Asian Koel,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV,Superb shot.

Best wishes for 2008 :o)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-04 9:32]
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Stunning capture Smitha!
Very sharp and detailed with excellent clarity.
Gorgeous colours! I especially like that red eye :)
Perfectly composed and a great POV
The pose of the bird is full of energy.
Clean, nicely blurred BG that adds stunning contrast to the photo.
Great work!
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-04 9:39]

Hi Smitha. A good close up of the Koel. this is a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting. you have captured it with fine detail and natural looking colours. the eye looks very good indeed with the light . a nice POV/DOF.
well done TFS.
All the best for 2008.

Hi smitha
cant imagine that a simple bird frequently visiting our backyard can look so beautiful in a portrait..
excellent sharpness and focussing..
i loved the red eye and the catchlight in it..
really a great picture

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-04 9:45]

beautiful portrait...nice details and good BG.details are great.

Hello Smitha
Nice portrait of this female Asian Koel in cool pose.

Hello Smitha,
Great capture of this interesting bird. Perfect focus, composition and BG. Beautiful colours too.



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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-04 12:24]

Hi Smitha,
beautiful pic of this nice Koel,
great sharpness and background
nice pose captured

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-04 12:33]

Hello Smitha,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS

This is an excellant close up shot. The parallel bar looks nice compositionally.

Hi Smitha,
Beautyfullmand love the shot, feather detail awesome, BG well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-04 14:19]

Hola Smitha,
buen trabajo y delicados colores y pov,
genial foco,

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-04 14:53]

Hi Smitha

Well done on this shot of the Koel. I don't know this species, but i really like it. especially the bright red eye. You captured it in a great pose, with a nice friendly BG.
I Wish you a very happy new year as well!

TFS, thijs

Bonsoir Smitha
Une excellente photo ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.C'est un très bel oiseau ,c'est la première fois que j'en vois un

Merci et bravo pour le partage...JP

hi smitha,
a very good close shot of this bird. nice composition, the eyes have come very well. tfs.

Hello Smitha,
Wow what a capture, stunning shot, excellent detail, the colours are amazing, love the framing, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Smitha,

Very nice picture of this bird. Great pose. Very nice lighting and good sharpness.
Well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-05 7:21]

Hello Smitha,
Wonderful close-up presentation of this Koel.
Very sharp in perfect clear and natural contrasting colours. Great composition, DOF and soft BG.

Hi Smitha,
very lovely picture of female koel. Quite sharp and nice compo. But only nit is slightly greenish tinge and over exposure. otherwise, a good neat picture.

Hi Smitha,
What a crisp and clear capture of this female koel. Very nice details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-01-05 21:08]

Lovely pose ,composition and POV!TFS!!

Hi Smitha,
Wonderful sharpness on the Koel, especially at the eye. Great colours, and BG. Nicely Done.
Best Wishes,

Hello Smitha,
Very good sharpness and light.
Beautiful bird; first time I see it.
Well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-11 8:49]

Hello Smitha, great bird shot with a very good technique. The composition is great and the sharpness and exposure are perfect. Thanks,


Charming portrait of the female, Koel, Smitha.
The image is sharp and the eye looks beautiful.
I was wanting to go to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary this Saturday, but my wife needed some immediate medical check-up. Maybe I'll make it next weekend. It is just about 40km from Delhi and has birds from Siberia and Europe visiting it these days. Hopefully I would be able to do my first water birds shoot then.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Smitha,

Fantastic shot..
All the best..

jean paul

Hi Smitha,
I like the detail you have captured and the colour as well.I wish however that you had shown the whole because I do not know what it's tail looks like.Tfs. Bob

Hello Smitha. Browsing through your fabulous gallery, I can see that you are very skillful in capturing birds. Top quality images all around in this one is of no exception. Excellent sharpness of the plumage and vivid details. I like the brilliance in her eye and well blurred background eliminating all the busyness. well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-28 9:42]

Hi Smitha.
First of all many thanks for so kind, simply fantastic comments. I am very touched as well as I ma impressed with your amazing shots as this one. Wonderful close-up with terrific reproduction of all attractive features and details of the bird, great lighting and perfect colours of the image, superb smooth BG. Well done and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-29 11:01]

Hello Smitha

A super capture ,the eye detail and colour is wonderful.
Excellent plumage detail and colouration.
The pose is very good.
Spot on focus with sharp detail.


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