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Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-29 8:21
Viewed: 2024
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rare for Treknature .... Black-billed cuckoos are a fairly numerous North American species(found east of the rockies) that are heard more often than seen - as they prefer to spend their days in fairly thick cover. Their call, not to be taken personally, is a rapid repetitive Coocoocoo. I got lucky with this one which poked it's head out for a few seconds before flying away.


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Coccyzus
Species: C. erythropthalmus

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Hello Mr.Derek,
Beautiful specie.Well captured keeping its natural look.I like it because its really natural.No fake sharpness or colour.I haven't seen this specie before.Nice work.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Derek,
Nice pose and captured with excellent clarity and details.

Hello Derek,
The definition on the bird itself is a little on the soft side, but sharp on the branch. This, together with the shutter speed, does not appear to be due to camera shake and it is a minor consideration. The image as a whole is very pleasing and the soft atmosphere is particularly good. Well done and best wishes.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-29 19:07]

Hello Derek,
A great shot of this rather secretive bird. I have seen a few up at Magee Marsh in the past and they never stayed in the open for very long. Love the red eye ring and beautiful plumage.

Hi Derek,
interesting bird. Very nice point of view. Excellent composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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