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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 300mm/f2.8 LI S + Canon 2X conv
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-22 21:16
Viewed: 1954
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Done at Rettray Marsh Conservation - Mississauga

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) is a very small songbird.
This gnatcatcher species measures 10–13 cm (3.9–5.1 in) and weighs only 5–7 g (0.18–0.25 oz). Adult males are blue-grey on the upperparts with white underparts and have a long slender bill, long black tail and an angry black unibrow. Females are less blue without the unibrow. Both sexes have a white eye ring.

Their breeding habitat includes open deciduous woods and shrublands in southern Ontario, the eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico. Among gnatcatcher species, this is in the only one to breed in Eastern North America. They build a cup nest similar in construction to a hummingbird nest on a horizontal tree branch. Both parents construct the nest and feed the young; they may raise two broods in a season.

These birds migrate to the southern United States, Mexico, northern Central America-(Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras), Cuba, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects, insect eggs and spiders. They may hover over foliage (gleaning), or fly to catch insects in flight (hawking).

The tail is often held upright while defending territory or searching for food.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Hello Mario,
Excellent photo with fine plumage and ey detail. Pity the tail is a bit OOF but nevertheless a very good diagonal pose of this little Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Good work my friend.
Best regards,


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-22 22:13]

Hi Mario,

What a cutie, love the very delicate color, so soft and elegant. You caught it in such a beautiful pose and in good light. Good quality and beautiful composition.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-22 23:55]

Beautiful bird species..so cute and colorful..good image. tfs.


Hello Mario!
Splendid shot of this little fellow; a beautiful bird. You have captured the details very nicely. I liked the smooth background.Thanks for sharing,

a unique beautiful species in good clarity and closeup. good work. tfs.

Hello Mario,
Outstanding photograph of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, outstanding sharpness and details, outstanding composition, good background and excellent lighting.

Hi Mario,
Fine picture, with good sharpness, we can see details in the plumage.
Lovely nice natural colours, and I like the shallow DOF, the bird stand out nice from the blurry BG.
Also the diagonal of the twig is fine, maybe i prefer a bit more space in the front, if I shall nitpick:-)
Well done, mf.

Hi Mario,

A superb closeup of this cutie...great details, excellent sharpness & beautiful light...


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-23 8:17]

Hi Mario,
Excellent photo,very nice composition,gorgeous
natural colours and perfect sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

A very good image with good sharpness and excellent colours.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-23 8:54]

Excellent Mario! Great sharpness and light, very good picture. Congratulation.

Bonjour Mario,
Superbe valorisation du sujet dans une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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