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Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5-, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-23 23:49
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, in Calgary, Alberta today. For a change, I went at noon, instead of later in the day. Since this weekend is a long one (Victoria Day) in Canada, I was a bit apprehensive about trying to photograph birds with the number of people that were probably going to be there. And, there were many people, but the birds didn't seem to mind.

As I was walking on the path beside the Bow River, I was surprised to see a bird light fairly near me. Chickadees do that at Inglewood, and sometimes Robins, but other birds don't usually do that. At first, I thought that it might be a Gray Jay -- I've never seen one of those, but I've seen a few pictures. There was a guy there with a Sibley's field guide, and he confirmed that it was an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus). I had seen a Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) before, and they are similar, except for their grey head and yellow breast. Both species are flycatchers, and very good ones.

Anyway, getting back to my sighting of the Eastern Kingbird, I soon became aware that there were two such birds. Neither of them seemed to be fearful of me or anyone else who walked by. Later, I read in the Birds of Alberta Field Guide that Eastern Kingbirds "will fearlessly attack crows, hawks and even humans that pass through its territory." So, I guess that I should count myself lucky that all these birds did was light and look, then resume their business of fly catching.

According to iBird Explorer, an Eastern Kingbird is 22 cm (8.5 in) in length. It's a small bird, but large, as flycatchers go. And, evidently, they have a large heart. They may be found throughout Alberta, and in most Canadian provinces, in the spring and summer breeding season. They may also be found in most of the U.S. states during that time.

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Hello Jhon,

I am surprised no comments recieved till date, indeed a lovely image of the bird, good composition,the perh and the background are complimentary. well done. tfs.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-24 3:33]

Lovely bird in beautiful composition, colors are very natural and good viewpoint. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-24 4:16]

Hi John,it's a beautiful way to show this bird,wonderfull composition whit the best sharpness and a background very very clean...perfect light for the best result.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello John

excellent and very beautiful close-up photo
of the Eastern Kingbird, fine POV at its level,
fine framing with leaving that good free space,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
the beautifully blurred background with its colour tones
and the wonderful luminosity it is adding atmosphere effect,
the catch-light always render the photo more beautiful,



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-24 9:01]

Hello John
Excellent work! Nice composition, natural colors and great details

Beautiful capture a prize image to be proud of John. The exposure is very nice showing great detail and colors. The position of the bird couldn't be better and the ornate flora makes a more interesting scene. Well done. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-24 17:50]

Hello John,
This is a wonderfully composed image with quality throughout. The focus is tack sharp and the exposure is super for midday light. Excellent work John, thank you.

Anoter great photo. I like the profile of the the bird with it`s head turned. The DOF is perfect, your eyes focus just on the bird. Colour and clarity are great. TFS


Hello John
what a fine image of this Eastern Kingbird, the beautiful POV from his back, shows all the superb details on his plumage, his head is also well focused,
wonderful composition, DOF and very nice BG
Have a good evening

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-25 21:27]

Hello John,
Im struggling for words too for this lively and lovely bird capture. The smoothness of the background is so pretty and the sharpness of the bird is well seen in great details. The lower wing is so lined up with stripes and details.
the smoothness of the plumage is the beauty here, supported by natural framing by the leaves and branches.


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