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Rare in Sweden

Rare in Sweden
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.4, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-03 6:18
Viewed: 2897
Points: 46
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Collared Flycatcher - Ficedula albicollis

This 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 southeast Europe (isolated populations in the islands of Gotland and Oland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden) and southwest Asia and is migratory, wintering in sub Sahara Africa. It is a rare vagrant in western Europe.
This is a 12-13.5 cm long bird. The breeding male is mainly black above and white below, with a white collar, large white wing patch, black tail (although some males have white tail sides) and a large white forehead patch. It has a pale rump. 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.

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 European Pied Flycatcher and the Semicollared Flycatcher, with which this species hybridizes to a limited extent (Veen et al. 2001).

They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for old trees with cavities in which it nests. They build an open nest in a tree hole, or man-made nest-boxes. Normally 5-7 eggs are laid. The song is slow strained whistles, quite unlike the Pied Flycatcher. Pied flycatchers can mimic the song of the Collared Flycatcher in sympatric populations.

As a cheap bargain I found a Nikon Coolpix P510 the other day. It has a 42x optical zoom and although its early days I’m very pleased with the results. This, in Sweden, rare bird was taken on the Baltic island of Oland from a distance of 12 metres. It has been cropped and levels adjusted.

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hello Ulla
very nice picture of this beauty bird
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, excellent clarity, splendid light, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Congratulations for Your new camera!
Excellent photo of this Collared Flycatcher male, excellent sharpness, very fine, colorful details, TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-03 7:08]

Beautiful species with black and white, contrasting background, well composed. tfs.

Hello Ulla,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and a nice pose on the perch. I especially like your composition with the including of its environment and the natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ulla
Great capture of this flycatcher.Very sharp and clear.Fine composition and wonderful natural colours.
Thank You
Kind regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-05-03 9:23]

Splendid capture, Ulla!
Sharp image with excellent light and beautiful ambientation; nice blurred background. Very well done!

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful image with great clarity and very nice colors. I like this perfect composition with nice colors of a very rare bird in Romania.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-03 10:32]

Hello Ulla.
I love this little bird with such a beautiful plumage and looking at you that way. It stands out perfectly against that blurred bg.Very good composition.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla.
Che simpatico uccellino fotografato con un’ottima nitidezza,belli i colori natura li come la composizione ben curata complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-03 12:50]

Hi Ulla,it's always nice to take a pic of a rare specie in our countries,this is a nice scoop and a very great pic,the dof on the flycatcher is fantastic for the best details,perfect light management too for the best white of plumage.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Ulla,
Excellent photo, great sharpness and POV,
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Ciao Ulla. very good managenent of difficult light and white. Excellent details and sharp. Great shot of bird.


Hello Ulla,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & pose. Very nicely done & TFS.

Regards & best wishes!


Hello Ulla.
Congratulations for this great find of the rare specimen. You have captured the shot well with excellent exposure and vivid details in the frame. Lovely framing and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Beautiful photo Ulla! Very good composition, nice pose, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-05-04 0:39]

Hej Ulla,
Very good capture ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-04 2:29]

Hello Ulla,
An interesting posting of thir rarely seen bird. In fact I have seen one last week in a forest and I wondered what species it was. Now I know! Thanks so much. Very charming picture too, well taken and full of light. Good light-management, not so easy in this case.
Bonne journée à vous deux

Bonjour Ulla,
Une belle lumière et une bonne profondeur de champ valorisant bien le sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-05 7:32]

Lovely capture, Ulla!

I like the the spring-time atmosphere of the picture.

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)
  • [2012-05-12 6:55]

Hi Ulla.
Small bird shooting is always difficult kind of photography for me. You solve this task perfectly. Amazing birdy and nice presentation of the species. I like wonderful surroundings and tree branch pattern, excellent sharpness of the bird image and precise exposure of the contrast object. My compliments and have a nice weekend.

Buena nitidez y luz, pero mejor aún la composición. Elegante trabajo Ulla.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-16 11:11]

Hello Ulla,
Almost missed this beauty! Great close photo of this Collared Flycatcher. I have seen them in Lesvos, but couldn't come close enough to make a good photo like this one.
Beautiful light, colours, excellent sharpness and a fine composition.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-04 11:47]

Hola Ulla, que belleza de ave y de foto, sobre todo sabiendo que es rara en Suecia...me gusta el enfoque, color, luz, profundidad, entorno y la composición; felicitaciones por el excelente registro...saludos.

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