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Brown-chested Martin

Brown-chested Martin
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-29 6:38
Viewed: 1923
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A month ago I promised Nanreh (Hernan Ernesto Bortondello) to post a photo of this bird.

The Brown-chested Martin, progne tapera, is 18 cm.
Locally common summer breeding resident (Aug-Apr) in semi-open areas; in N some are probably year-round residents. Favors areas near water. Breeding birds dull grayish brown above. White below with a prominent brownish chest band. Austral migrants have brown spots on median breast. Sand Martin has a similar colour pattern but is smaller with different flight style. Other martins are never brown-backed. Brown-chested swoops around mainly quite low, often with wings bowed and exposing the silky white on sides of tail. Gregarious, though pairs separate out when breeding. They nest in old hornero nests or burrows dug in banks, occasionally in holes in snags.

Source: book: Birds of Brazil, The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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Hi Peter,
beautiful bird. Excellent point of view. Nice composition. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

An elegant bird, Peter, that bears some resemblance to our Indian Swallow.
Razor sharp image with true colours.
Thanks for sharing another matchless picture from your journey to Brazil.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Martin.Nice light and sharpness.I like its BG too.Well presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter
Very well captured image of this Brown-chested Martin.
Great light, colour and sharpness.
Lovely catch light.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture of a wonderful bird. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. I like very much the brown-white colors of this amazing bird......A splendid contrast against the background. Outstanding focus. You post always amazing birds....
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Peter
Een super mooie opname van deze zwaluw
prachtige kleuren en super achtergrond voor deze kleuren
Je kan hier weer trots op zijn
gr lou

Hello Peter

Beautiful photo with fine POV and framing, in a beautiful light,
the catch-light rendering the eye-contact more beautiful, TFS


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely birfd in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

You have fulfilled your promise and well.
Great pose you've captured, Peter. I know from experience that it is not common or easy to capture this swallow with neck stretched and straight. Great detail of the feathers of the wings and the backgrownd very harmonious. Thanks for sharing and enriching the material on this beautiful species, my friend.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-12-29 10:39]

Hi Peter,
Nice portrait of a beautiful bird,good sharpness details and
amazing colors with very good composition.
Nicely blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-12-29 11:10]

Hi Peter
just perfect bg and good comp

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-29 13:38]

Hi Peter,interesting specie in a magnificent capture with impressives details and very bright colors,i like it!! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
光線亮麗 羽毛花紋清楚 真是很漂亮
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Beautiful photo Peter! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-30 5:56]

Beautiful bird species and image...good composition, lighting and colors..looks like its wing span is impressive. tfs.

Hello Peter,
What a lovely picture and nice coloor.
Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-12-31 4:31]

Hello Peter,
Ths is such a fragile and elegant looking bird. You caught it in a perfect pose and the light was just excellent.
Fine and subtle bird-picture. Thanks a lot.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Hello Peter,
Remarkable details,beautiful colours and perfectly balanced composition.
Wish you and Your Family A Happy New YEAR 2014.

Hallo Peter
My wish for you are ample photographic opportunities, and for you and your loved ones harmony, good health, joy and prosperity in 2014. Superb composition and framing on this shot. The light here is perfect. The colours are soft and beautiful. Very sharp detail, and perfect depth of field. Outstanding work!
Best regards

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