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Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 800, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-27 1:41
Viewed: 3877
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Pied Flycatcher at his nest in South-West Finland. The light was very bad when this old picture was shot.

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

In: European Pied Flycatcher Ca: Mastegatatxes Da: Broget Fluesnapper De: Trauerschnäpper Es: Papamoscas cerrojillo Fi: kirjosieppo Fr: Gobemouche noir It: Balia nera Nl: Bonte Vliegenvanger No: Svarthvit fluesnapper Pt: Papa-moscas-preto Sv: Svartvit flugsnappare US: European Pied Flycatcher Ru: Мухоловка-пеструшка

The breeding male Pied Flycatcher is easily identified with his bright, white underparts, black and white wings and little white spot on his forehead. In all other plumages they are duller, not so clean below and with brown not black upperparts. They can easily be told from Spotted Flycatchers by the white markings which go down as well as across the wing. Their habit of letting the wings droop below the level of the tail is typical of the Flycatchers. In female, or non-breeding plumages, they can be hard to distinguish from the other Ficedula Flycatchers but notice that the white at the base of the primaries and the pale second wing bar (on the median coverts) are either very small or lacking completely.

Breeds in mature broad-leaved woodlands and parkland.

In Pied Flycatchers, the song seems to be almost entirely performed as a means of attracting a mate. Once males are paired up they will effectively cease singing, making them notoriously difficult to find except in early summer. Pied Flycatchers seem to advertise their nest sites in much the same way as Redstarts, perching either with the head sticking out of the hole, displaying the white patch on the forehead, or on the outside of the hole with the tail spread to show the white feathers in the tail.

A night-time migrant that travels long distances to winter in the woodland habitats north of the Gulf of Guinea. Major stop-over locations include northern Spain and Italy.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-27 1:53]

Hello Pekka,
great capture at a great momment.
Precise and perfect.
Great colours and POV.
Have a wonderful day

Hi Pekka
Still a good shot despite the poor light. Nice to see this bird using a 'natural' nest - in the UK I have only seen them using nest boxes. The bark of the pine tree (at least it looks like pine) makes an interesting background. Nicely offset framing too.
Kind Regards

Hello Pekka,
Excellent capture of this Ficedula hypoleuca, nice composition.
TFS. Ferran

Hi Pekka
Nice capture with good natural color and fine detail,specially in the texture of the bark.
tfs jon

hello Pekka

excellent close-up shot of the male Pied Flycatcher at his nest,
with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-27 8:40]

Hello Pekka,
Nice photo of this Pied Flycatcher in a very good composition and beautiful colours despite the poor light.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-27 10:13]

Hi Pekka,

A beautiful capture of this Flycatcher in front of his home. A wonderful profile and great view of his lovely black and white feathers. The bark of the tree makes an excellent background. In spite of the bad lighting you managed a good shot with nice colors and fine details. A very nice composition as well.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-27 12:34]

Hello Pekka,
Very well-timed capture of the Pied Flycatcher by its nesting hole. It is a lovely bird that we rarely see down here.
Fine details and colours and a nice composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-27 13:09]

Hi Pekka. You were lucky to have seen this. You made the most with good a nice pov . You have done well with the poor light. Still good detail .well done TFS. Interesting notes too

Looks to me like you did a good job of saving this image in PP...Not too much but just the right amount to make a great photo!

Ciao Pekka, great capture with beautiful action, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-29 14:53]

Hi Pekka,
a nice photo of this Pied Flycatcher - a bird which I have never even seen before.
Great composition.
Brilliant pose.
Nice colours.

Well done,

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