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European Pied Flycatcher (femail)

European Pied Flycatcher (femail)
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Copyright: Sigmund Rise (rise) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (108)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DG Macro, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 5:39
Viewed: 3680
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pied Flycatcher, (Ficedula hypoleuca), is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family, one of the four species of Western Palearctic black-and-white flycatchers. It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia. It is migratory, wintering mainly in western Africa.
This is a 12-13.5 cm long bird. The breeding male is mainly black above and white below, with a large white wing patch, white tail sides and a small forehead patch. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles have the black replaced by a pale brown.
The bill is black, and has the broad but pointed shape typical of aerial insectivores. As well as taking insects in flight, this species hunts caterpillars amongst the oak foliage, and will take berries. It is therefore a much earlier spring migrant than the more aerial Spotted Flycatcher, and its loud rhythmic and melodious song is characteristic of oak woods in spring.
They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for oak trees. They build an open nest in a tree hole, and will readily adapt to an open-fronted nest box. 4-10 eggs are laid.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-08 5:56]

Merhaba Sigmund,
Çok güzel bir fotoğraf, biraz uzakta kalmasına rağmen, renkler, BG ve ışık çok hoşuma gitti.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-03-08 9:09]

Hola Sigmund: Una toma hermosa, llena de color y contraste, en un entorno de maravilla. Magnífica composición además que es una especie muy bonita...saludos.

I love the way the bird is shown in light amongst the shade, good pov and clarity of the bird. Background oof and a nice colour. TFS

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