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Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 5:59
Viewed: 3047
Points: 24
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Hello Everyone,
This Eastern Kingbird image was shot yesterday out in the Cypress Hills near Ressor Lake. We have been having very unsettled weather with snow and rain for what seems like weeks now. But we had to get out and do some photography.

Eastern Kingbird
Family: Tyrannidae
Description 8-9" (20-23 cm). Blackish head, blue-black mantle and wings; black tail with white terminal band; white below. Red feathers in middle of crown usually concealed. Long crown feathers and upright posture give it a distinctive silhouette.

Habitat Savannas, rangelands, forest edges, riverside groves, and even city parks and roadsides.

Nesting 3-5 spotted white eggs in a large bulky nest consisting of heaps of twigs, straw, and twine lined with hair and rootlets; built on horizontal limb of a tree, often near water.

Range Breeds from British Columbia across interior Canada to Maritime Provinces and south to northern California, central Texas, Gulf Coast, and Florida. Winters in tropics.

Voice A sharp dzee or dzeet. Also a series of harsh, rapid calls: kit and kitter.

Discussion The Eastern Kingbird perches on treetops, fences, and utility poles. When another bird flies into its territory--even one much larger than itself--it attacks fiercely, uttering a piercing cry. When one of a pair starts the battle, the other usually joins in. Its aggressive behavior has earned this bird its common name. In late summer and early fall they often flock, and large numbers pursue flying insects; they also feed on wild berries, which they deftly pluck while on the wing.
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-31 6:15]

Hi Rick
Wonderful shot!
Great details and wonderful colors of this great Eastern Kingbird.Great POV and BG.

hello Rick

very beautiful close-up photo of the Eastern Kingbird,
with fine POV and framing, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details even of the eye, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-31 6:57]

Hello Rick,
A fine capture of the Eastern Kingbird, a species that I remember well from a park in Toronto years ago when I was young and before I had a good camera. I heard the alarm calls while paddling a canoe and when I approached I saw its nest in a branch hanging over the water.
The technical aspects, POV, pose and composition contribute a fine image.
Thanks for this nice reminder!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-31 7:15]

Hello Rick,
What a pretty bird that is very sharply in focus here. Wonderful sharp details and colours too and a very nice soft background.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

hello Rick
very good pose and great sharpness with good details
nice light and good BG.
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-31 9:14]

Hello Rick,
Another fantastic photo in superb sharp details and very beautiful natural colours. Lovely eye-contact. Good DOF, POV, OOF BG and composition.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-31 11:04]

Hello Rick,
An excellent capture of this lovely bird in nice pose with great sharp details and perfect colors.Great compositon.TFS.

Hello Rick,
Wonderful picture taken from a good POV with great details and lovely colors. Well done!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-31 19:12]

High quality photography.
Pleasing clarity, well chosen composition and precise sideview angle.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-31 23:54]

Beautiful bird in good composition and fine colors overall. tfs.

Hello Rick
superb capture with fine delicate colors and excellent details, this lovely bird is very well focused and have a nice pose,
thanks for sharing this beauty
Have a good night

Good morning my friend,

A super sharp capture of this one, nicely positioned off center. I particularly like whatever you had as a background. It's well blurred and there's no competition with your subject. Great work MF!
TFS and have a nice day!

Ps. i added you amongt to my fav. photographers:)

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