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Plaintive Cuckoo

Plaintive Cuckoo
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-11 18:26
Viewed: 1710
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This is an image of Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus querulus) , It is normally a solitary bird and is often difficult to see. I am happy that I found and captured this bird second time and show you. The first post was also by me. I found and captured this picture during my usual birding time at irrigation cannel side at Santiniketan , and it is handheld shooting with my Sigma 150-500mm lens, it is a bit difficult but quite convenient for the quick response which is extremely necessary for bird photography.

Some scientific information:
The Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) is a species of bird belonging to the genus Cacomantis in the cuckoo family Cuculidae. It is native to Asia, from India and China to Indonesia.
It is a fairly small cuckoo, 21-23.5 centimeters long. The adult male is grey-brown above and orange below with a grey head, throat and upper breast. There are white tips to the tail feathers. The legs and feet are yellow, the eye is red and the bill is black above and yellow below. The adult female is sometimes similar to the male, but often occurs in a "hepatic" morph. This form is reddish-brown above with dark bars. The underparts are paler with faint barring. There is a pale stripe over the eye and the tail has dark bars along its whole length. Juvenile birds are similar to hepatic females, but are paler and have dark streaks rather than bars on the crown and throat.
Cacomantis merulinus querulus is the most widespread form, occurring in north-east India, Bangladesh, southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It is a summer visitor to most of its Chinese range, migrating south for the winter.
The Plaintive Cuckoo inhabits the forest edge, open woodland, scrub, grassland, farmland, parks and gardens. It feeds on invertebrates. It is normally solitary and is often difficult to see.
It is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of cisticolas, prinias and tailorbirds. The eggs are similar to those of the host species, but are larger. Small birds often mob the cuckoo to drive it away from their nests.
The male has several plaintive whistling calls. These include an ascending series of three-note phrases and a series of 11 or 12 descending notes.

Information source: Birds of the Indian subcontinent by Grimmett, Inskipp, Inskipp and Wikipedia.
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A prize picture, indeed, Mr Nandy. This is a rare species of Cuckoo and you have made a valuable contribution to TN by shooting and posting such a sharp and precise picture of this bird. The eye in specific makes it a technically outstanding image.
I really felt deprived by not having a bigger zoom lens during my visit to Sultanpur.

Hello Samiran

A great photo of this Plaintive Cucko with its expressive glance,
fine POV and framing, superb focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Samiran
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
羽毛黑的顏色華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 整個鳥的羽毛都很細膩
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Ciao Samiran, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hallo Samiran
Thanks for intruding me to this species that I have not seen before. Very pleasant composition, lovely colours and a very good point of view and some interesting notes too. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-12 0:50]

Hello Samiran,
Very nice to see this Cuckoo after the Hawk-Cuckoo. Attractive pose with eye contact in excellent sharpness and details and very beautiful natural colours. Great composition.

Hello Samiran
An excellent photo, good point of view, nice background, very good detail. Good pose with eye contact. Good to see this species
regards yiannis

Hello Samiran Da,
Beautiful picture of this Cuckoo.Nice to see sky isn't over exposed which happened to me when take such type of picture.Nice colour and details with splendid soft light.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • Bokkie (28)
  • [2014-01-12 3:21]

Hi Samiran, I can see why this bird would be difficult to spot, but you did and you captured it beautifully, good sharpness! :)
Ps:thanks for your warm welcome to treknature I look forward to spending time on this site.
Kindly Natasja.

hallo Samiran
very nice picture to see
good details and beautiful colours of this bird
thanks greeting lou

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2014-01-12 6:13]

Merhaba Samiran,
her bakımdan çok güzel bir fotoğraf.Tebrik eder, iyi günler dilerim

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-12 7:47]

Hi Samiran,
Very nice shot of a beautiful cuckoo. Excellent sharpness details
and amazing colors with good composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-12 10:40]

Hi Samiran,great perspective and 3D effect,magnificent capture of this rare cuckoo,you caught very well this opportunity,great details,colors and exposure too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-12 12:50]

Great capture of this merulinus Cacomantis querulus, Samiran friend! In addition, you have wisely made ​​a poetic background with a crossroads of branches and leaves on a blue sky. All very difficult to realize with a shot freehand. My sincere congratulations, friend ...

From Argentina, Hernan Bortondello

Hi Samiran, Stunned sharpness of this bird. 3D effect from 3 different layers of depth of fields created by the branches. Nice POV and composition. Thank very much

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-13 5:57]

Hello Samiran,
Interesting name for this Cuckoo-species given by the male plaintive calls, if I read correctly your note. Very natural and fine picture of a seldom bird which you are the only one on this site to show a picture. So double thanks to you!
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-13 6:10]

Good image of this Cuckoo with interesting viewpoint...the head turn is perfect with catch light...tfs.

Hello Samiran bhai,

Hope you are doing fine. What a nice shot!Once again perched atop an acacia branch you have captured this bird in a flawless fashion and what can be more rewarding when the bird is a rare visitor to TN so a great contribution in that respect as well.Almost all cuckoos' are elusive birds as you already know.This is a clean, winner shot and I do definitely second Ram and others here about the value of this shot in more than one way.
Thanks a lot sharing this and for your photography tips as well....smile. Take care,

warm regards/Abid

Hello Samiran,
Lovely picture and nice detalis.
Well done.

Ciao Samiran. Impressive DOF razor details and amazing light. Impressive focused eye.



Hello Samiran
Beautiful photo! Nice pose, very good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-21 20:15]

Hello Samiran
very detailed shot of the bird especially the ye and the feathers.
Excellent perch and it gives such a good natural presentation.
Lovely shot.


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