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Blue-Gray Gnatcather.

Blue-Gray  Gnatcather.
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Arizona, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 17:02
Viewed: 4642
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea, is a very small songbird.

Adults are blue-grey on the upperparts with white underparts, with a long slender bill and a long black tail. They have a white eye ring.

Their breeding habitat is open deciduous woods and shrublands in southern Ontario, the eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico. 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.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-25 17:06]

Hello Luis,

I'm sorry m friend but I don't have time for a proper critique but I'll take the time to congratulate you for this lovely shot


hello Luis

another lovely shot of a beautiful bird, with a lovely pose and
a fine POV & framing, lovely blue tinted background
almost same colour as the bird's upper plumage,
beautiful softness of the colours and great details of the bird, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-25 17:41]

Hi Luis,

You are presenting so many wonderful species of birds. This Gnatcatcher has beautiful colors - I love the blues and greys. Very sharp details, marvelous pose and excellent composition.


Hello Luis,
Perfect and lovely capture of this beauty. TFS.

It is more blue than grey but that is the way it is and the way I like the colour.....very nicely composed Luis.....you sure have a way with the birds now...I have seen some real nice from you lately....and always great to see!

Hi Luis,

Lovely bird image you are showing us here.
Most wonderful pose of the bird, feather details and color tones.
Perfect composition with the almost horizontal line of the birds body, the almost vertical line of the reed and the diagonall line of the head and bill pointing at the lower left corner and the tail pointing at the lower right corner of the frame.
Excellent DOF and sharpness.
Great work. A real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hello Luis,
Great composition! TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hola Luis,
Very beautiful lighting that falls on the bird!
the image is very sharp with good colour and details
well done always
muchas gracias

Hello Luis,
Splendid shot of this beautiful bird, Gnatcather in a lovely posture. All criteria are perfect my friend. TFS.


Que bien dominaste la luz en esta toma Sr. Luis jeje. El conjunto es rebuscado por la posición del ave y de la rama, pero el resultado es efectivo y atractivo a la vista. Buen enfoque y preciosos colores.
Como siempre, un buen trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi

Hi Luis

Yes I saw this species in Belize in December, but no luck in shooting this one, they are busy little guys.
You have done a good job here. Great sharpness and well composed on a great OOF background.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-26 5:58]

What a nice image of this unusual bird!
The blue colouring is beautiful!
Superb clarity and detail.
Very good composition as well.
It must have been quite windy seeing as the feathers are very tangled and sticking out... unless this bird can't preen himself very well :-)
Well done Luis,


Hello Luis,

What a fine shot!
The sunshine and shadows have had an interesting effect on his feathers!
He is looking very alert. Perhaps he has noticed a gnat on the ground!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'A change of character'.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-26 9:56]

Hi Luis

What a fantasic looking bird that I have never seen before, Its so pretty with the lovely blues ans greys and the white ring around the eye, nice detail and you have coped well with what looks like very strong light.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-26 10:15]

Hola Sr. Luis,
A fantastic capture of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher because it is razor sharp, taken in a fine pose from an excellent POV and well composed againat a neutral BG.
Esta fota es muy hermosa!
Gracias por compartirla,
Su amigo,

What an amazing shot!Very beautiful and different pose!

Again, a fine blue-on-blue composition Luis, the favourable low POV, spot on focus and fine timing resulted in a perfect capture my friend, those dorsal feathers were ruffled by a strong wind, I think. TFS indeed!
Saludos amigo,

Hi Luis,

Nice photo with a lot of nuances of blue! Fantastic!

Thank you,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-26 19:54]

Hola Luis,
I like very much the wonderful inquisitive pose you have captured so superbly my friend. Exquisite colors and sharp details from your great talent.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-27 6:35]

Hi Luis,
Splendid shot of this cute looking bird with amazing sharpness and details on its plumage. Lovely colours with perfect lighting and exposure. Fantastic pose captured here with a precise DOF and a fine POV. The BG looks so special. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-27 7:16]

Hello Luis

Beautiful shades and hues of blue,the pastel colours are wonderful.
Excellent focus and sharpness,the POV and DOF are excellent.
The OOF BG is super.
Great job.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-27 8:26]

Of all your pictures of blue birds, I think this is my favourite,, it is so beautiful! I love the way the bird is looking and once again, the blue on blue is superb. The light is warm and nice, there seems to be wind and the bird is so sharp and beautiful. Mucho gracias Luis, esta muy bonita!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-27 9:28]

Hola Luis,
I liked the POV, pose you captured, background, soft colors and the lighting. Gracias
Un saludo,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-27 10:46]

Hi Luis
Nice presentation.I never saw that specie before.Good POV and nice pose.Sharp image with good light.
TFS Michel

How big/small is this bird. It looks like a little hummingbird almost. Great shot. I love the space you've allowed. Great color, wonderful positioning. Awesome! :)

Hello Luis,

Very nice composition. Great pose of the bird. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

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