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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 2:46
Viewed: 3132
Points: 34
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Captured on Öland this summer. I used 800mm (400X2) with my 5D. I found this guy on the top of the tree taking a sunbath.

The Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata, is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia, and is migratory, wintering in Africa and south western Asia. It is declining in parts of its range.

This is an undistinguished looking bird with long wings and tail. The adults have grey-brown upperparts and whitish underparts, with some streaking on the breast. The legs are short and black, and the bill is black and has the broad but pointed shape typical of aerial insectivores. Juveniles are browner than adults and show the spots on the upperparts which give this species its name.

Spotted Flycatchers hunt from conspicuous perches, making sallies after passing flying insects, and often returning to the same perch. Their upright posture is characteristic.

They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for open areas amongst trees. They build an open nest in a suitable recess, often against a wall, and will readily adapt to an open-fronted nest box. 4-6 eggs are laid.

Interestingly, most European birds cannot discriminate between their own eggs and those of other species. The exception to this are the hosts of the Common Cuckoo, which have had to evolve this skill as a protection against that nest parasite. Spotted Flycatcher shows excellent egg recognition, and it is likely that it was once a host of the Cuckoo, but became so good at recognising the intruder's eggs that it ceased to be victimised. A contrast to this is the Dunnock, which appears to be a recent Cuckoo host, since it does not show any egg discrimination.

The flycatcher's call is a thin, drawn out soft and high pitched tssssseeeeeppppp, slightly descending in pitch.

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déjà bravo pour cette netteté, jolies couleurs dans ce ciel bleu, magnifique présentation, merci a toi


This flycatcher looks elegant and alert. Excellent focus and nice details of feathers. Very nice picture.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-18 4:34]

Very good composition and detail, nice colors. Well done!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-18 4:59]

Hi Ralf,
Light, pose you captured, focus, sharpness, composition and the catchlight in the eye are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Ralf,
Great capture, I like it.
Excellent sharpness, detail, DOF, color, exposure, and POV from slightly below..
The clear blue BG works well to showcase your flycatcher also..
Nice catchlight too :)
Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-18 5:18]
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Hej Ralf,
Great shot of a Spotted Flycatcher with high technical standard. I assume that you took this with the 800mm hand-held, which which you have achieved incredible sharpness. I guess you were about 10 meters from the bird with ata focal length.
Very impressive!

Du skulle kunna ta en bra bird på strömanden på Island med 800 mm!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-18 7:53]

Hej Ralf,
Great capture of the Spotted Flycatcher in a fine pose. Lovly light, great sharpness and fine natural colours. Very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-09-18 9:43]

Hello Ralf,
Excellent focus superb pose.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-18 10:41]

Hello Ralf,
What a beauty is this Flycatcher and your photo.
Perfect focus and sharpness. Very good exposure, DOF, POV and I like the choice of composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-18 12:29]

Hi Ralf. What a clear well detail shot of the little bird. the feathers show up so well. good light in the eye. natural colours and a nice POV against the blue sky. well done TFS. Nick..

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-18 12:57]

Hi Ralf,

A nice capture with good pov,sharpness is great especially when you took this handheld at 800mm,I read that you will travel to Iceland again,have a nice trip and good luck with the whale sightings


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-18 15:16]

Hi Ralf,

A superb presentation of this Flycatcher. The colors are marvelous. Wonderful details of the face, wings, plummage and eye. Beautiful pose and a fantastic simple composition.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-18 15:37]

Hi Ralf. Nice photo. I guess your tele work fine this time. Very sharp and warm colors. Luis52.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-18 19:24]

Hi Ralf
Excellent sharp image whit beautiful details.Great POV and lovely catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Ralf
Great shot. Perfect sharpness, very good composition nice contrast. There are little noises in buckground very easy too remove on this photo (I think that you could try)
Best wishes

Wow - again a stunner. I'm really impressed by it. (And the quality of the gear.;)) It can't get any better than this portrait! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

Great shot Ralf
You've achieved excellent sharpness with the 2x lens converter.
Well composed too with good blue background emphasizing the birds plumage.


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