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Pied flycatcher

Pied flycatcher
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-16 10:49
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Points: 30
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Just returned from a family visit in the SE part of sweden,a female pied flycatcher captured inflight (actually landing),hope you like her and tfw.

picture is made from a distance of abt 6 meters and heavily cropped.

The Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca, is a small passerine bird in the Old World 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. The Iberian subspecies iberiae (known as Iberian Pied Flycatcher) has a larger forehead patch and a pale rump. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles have the black replaced by a pale brown, and may be very difficult to distinguish from other Ficedula flycatchers, particularly the Collared Flycatcher, with which this species hybridizes to a limited extent.

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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Ha Paul,

weer eens buren.
Deze heeft het WooW effect voor mij.
Prachtige compo
Natuurlijke Kleuren

TFS Thijs

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-16 11:01]

Hi Paul. You have taken a fine inflight close up of this Pied flycatcher. Which you have taken with fine detail and natural colours.Good use ofthe light. You took this just at the right time. Stands out well from the coloured BG.
well done TFS.

Hi Paul,

A good in flight shot, good focus and colours. Taken at just the right moment. TFS

regards Bill

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-16 11:23]

Hallo Paul,
Ondanks de stevige crop toch nog goed van kwaliteit. Prachtige actie foto. Uitstekende details en mooie natuurlijke kleuren tegen de donkere achtergrond. Goede compositie.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-16 11:25]

yup, this definitely has a wow!-effect! :-) excellent inflight-shot - i almost fear that the nice bird will be
flying against my monitor-glass from the back.*splat!* it looks so lively and in motion. the light is terrific and the pose
of course especially the position of the legs. superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-16 11:28]

Hello Paul
Excellent capture with great action, perfect focus and great details.

Hi Paul,

Magnificent capture, with a superb approach angle and a good appreciation of the bird. Brightness allows excellent details. It is incredible that 1/640 has yielded a result as good. It'sa great job, very talented indeed. The cut has gone excellent, making this a very unique photo.

Congratulations & TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-16 12:50]

Hi Paul from Paris
Excellent in flight capture:Good detail and nice POV!Sharp image with good OOF BG I also like the catch light in the eye:
TFS Michel

Hello Paul
A superb capture in my opinion, Focus, exposure etc are all spot on,
I really like the wings swept back showing the details of the body with exceptional detail.
All the Best

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-17 0:55]

Hi Paul.
Great in-flight picture at so attractive POV. You have frozen this small beauty perfectly. With amazing sharpness and details. BG is also great (you have brilliant lens). Bravo and kind regards.

Hi Paul,
A very nice inflight shot & an interesting note to accompany it.
TFS & Cheers

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-17 4:50]

Hello Paul,
Pose of flycatcher like humming-bird. Against smooth BG the bird look in this light very mysteriously.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-17 7:33]

Hello Paul,
A superb, well timed capture of a female Spotted flycatcher putting out the landing gear!
I am impressed with the sharpness at such a low aperture caught at a minimum shutterspeed. Excellent BG and lighting.
This species seems to be getting rarer.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Paul
You have frozen this Pied Flycatcher in a very nice pose
great in-flight shot taken with wonderful sharpness and great use of natural luminosity, superb POV and DOF
Have a good night

Hey, Paul! Didn't know I was missing out on your shots at all...
Need to catch up!
I love the 'motion blur' of the wings while the hear and body are so sharp...
Very well done!

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