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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-11 3:59
Viewed: 1155
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, this in my 1800th post.
8 years, 2 month and 15 days on TN. About 225 posts per year. About 18 post per month. Still slogging like a crass amateur, still having a 150-500mm lens on the wish-list, still latching on to TN despite moments of terrible despair.

The Brown Rock Chat or Indian Chat (Cercomela fusca) is a bird in the chat (Saxicolinae) subfamily and is found mainly in northern and central India. It is often found on old buildings and rocky areas. It resembles a female Indian Robin but lacks the reddish vent and differs in posture and behaviour apart from being larger. In flight it bears some resemblance to thrushes and redstarts. It feeds on insects, captured mainly on the ground.


The species is nearly endemic to India, distributed north of the Narmada, west to Gujarat (mainly Kutch but extending south) and east to Bengal bordered on the north by the Himalayas where it is found only until about 1300 m in the foothills. Its distribution extends into northern Pakistan where it is restricted east of the Chenab River. Although largely resident, some populations make movements in response to weather. In the foothills of the Himalayas it moves higher up in summer, appear in Dehra Dun in spring and leaving before the onset of winter. The species has been seen in Nepal. It is a common species although very patchily distributed.


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Hello Ram!
Many congratulations on posting your 1800th shot.Wish you all the best and thanks for embellishing this forum with your shots and useful notes for such a long time.Regarding your shot, it is a very good one with brown chat featured in its distinctive pose. A little shake of the camera but a darker BG is covering it well. Nice catch light in the visible eye..Whether it is a brick wall or a rock i have seen this beautiful local bird perching on the edges with its head kept a little higher. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-11 6:29]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations on this milestone. A stone with a few bursts in some places as I can see. But we still get going on. On this stone is sitting a Brown Rock Chat in beautiful light and colours against a fine dark contrasting background. Excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

hallo Ram
Congrat with your 1800th post on TN
nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou


Hello Ram Bhai,

Hope you are doing fine at sixty plus and life on TN is great. Congratulations on this 1800th post and for your resilience to face all odds at this site which has seen in its own ups and downs over the years. The recent episode also being quite unpleasant. Your note says it all and your love for this site is worth all the praise, for you are a fine, fine gentleman and photographer who is always ready to help and share.
Not a great shot of this beautiful Brown Rock Chat but it matters and always will.The light is amazing in this shot of yours and had it been a little sharper, it would have been your best but.....never mind, the colours of the stone and the Brown Rock Chat match wonderfully and stand so prominent against that dark blotched/mottled background which is mesmerizing .
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Ciao Ram, congratulations for your 1800th post on TN, thalks for all your beautiful photo, great capture ol lovely bird in nice pose on beautifullighting BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-11 12:54]

Hi Ram,my best congratulations for your 1800th post,nice specie in a beautiful pose and composition,but the details are very very soft,maybe it was very distant..ehehe....thanks a lot for your long work on TN and have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Ram!
Congratulations :)
Very good catch with a beautiful dark BG.

Hi Ram, Congratulations of the 1800th post on TN. Nice pose of this bird and something has caught its attention up above...who knows what but I like it. The soft focus adds extra elegance to the composition. The dark blur BG fits well here. Thank for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-04-12 7:13]

Dear Ram,
Congratulations to have reached this great number! What an achievement! And like you sometimes I was dispaired, but I wanted always TN to live, somehow it is such a special site, whatever some people may say.
You have chosen this picture of a Brown Rock Chat. Its pose is cute, the composition well chosen, sharpness however not perfect. But you know it anyway.
Herzlich grüsst

Bonsoir Ram,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une lumière difficile à exploiter.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ram

Congratulations for your 1800th photo posting on TN,
It is with members like you, like Silvio, Peter, Luciano, Anne
and others from the first years of TN that stayed active and
with the addition of new members of the latest years that we
do live TN, a place « Learning about nature through photography »
but also having an relaxation with posting, viewing, and giving critics to photos.

Beautiful photo of the Brown Rock Chat or Indian Chat in its expressive and
proud pose, with fine POV and framing, beautiful light coming to the bird,
and the catch-light enhancing the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


Professor Ram,
CONGRATULATIONS not only for being the TOP "posturer" on TN but for being with TN for sooooo many years.
May Divine Providence grant you NINE lives!!!
The B/G is quite dark ... wonder?
The bird and the rock are a plus to each other.
Thanks for sharing ... specially the EDUCATIVE notes.
Mario from an EXTREMELY COLD COLD land wishing you much more than he can ever hope for himself.

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