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Black Naped Monarch

Black Naped Monarch
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Copyright: satirtha ghosh (bluesky1975) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 235] (1572)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Tamron 150-600mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-15 5:24
Viewed: 854
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image of the black naped Monarch was shot in Old Magazine House - a famed birding destination in North Karnataka, India. During winter the resident birds are augmented with the migrants from the north making it a birding hot-spot in the winters. There are perches which are strategically placed amidst a small clearing in the jungle. The show begins late in evening when the birds come one by one or in groups to bath in the water bowls & then dry themselves on the perches.

Info on Black Naped Monarch:
The black-naped monarch or black-naped blue flycatcher (Hypothymis azurea) is a slim and agile passerine bird belonging to the family of monarch flycatchers found in southern and south-eastern Asia. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male having a distinctive black patch on the back of the head and a narrow black half collar ("necklace"), while the female is duller with olive brown wings and lacking the black markings on the head. They have a call that is similar to that of the Asian paradise flycatcher, and in tropical forest habitats, pairs may join mixed-species foraging flocks. Populations differ slightly in plumage colour and sizes.

Habitat: The black-naped monarch breeds across tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. This species is usually found in thick forests and other well-wooded habitats. The calls are a sharp and abrupt skrip. The main breeding season in India is in summer from May to July. Two to three eggs are laid in a cup nest placed in the fork of a tree. The nest is decorated with spider-egg cases.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-12-15 14:40]

Hi Satirtha,a great way to show us this blue beauty! The light inside is magic,and very well exposed. Artistic composition very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,luciano

I always think you lucky you are in India to have so many colorful birds. This a well exposed image of bird half shaded by the branch and the blue looks excellent as are the details in the feathers.

Wonderful framing, Satirtha!
I love the spot-light effect on the bird. It is truly 'Monarch' of a bird.

Hello Satirtha,
Amazing colors...Never meet a bird with such blue colors....Excellent details as usual.

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