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White-headed Marsh Tyrant

White-headed Marsh Tyrant
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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: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-19 6:15
Viewed: 2165
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the Cattle Tyrant, another tyrant,the White-headed Marsh Tyrant.

The White-headed Marsh Tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala) is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family, the only species of the genus Arundinicola. It breeds in tropical South America from Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay.

The adult White-headed Marsh Tyrant is 12.7 cm long and weighs 15 g. The male is entirely brown-black, apart from the relatively large white head and yellowish lower mandible. The female has brown upperparts and wings and a black tail. Her underparts, sides of the head and forecrown are dull white. This is a quiet species, but the call is a sharp sedik.

This species is found in marshy savannahs, reedbeds and the edges of mangrove swamps. White-headed Marsh Tyrants wait on an exposed low perch in marsh vegetation or a branch near water, occasionally sallying out to feed on insects, their staple diet, before returning to the perch. They often pick off insects from the vegetation, but more frequently out of mid-air and even from shallow water.

The nest is a feather-lined oval ball of grasses and other plant material, with a porched side entrance. It is placed at the end of a branch near or over water. Both sexes incubate the typical clutch of two or three creamy-white eggs, which are marked with a few brown spots. Cowbirds often parasitise the nest.

This bird is not considered threatened by the IUCN. Local populations may disappear however due to declining habitat quality.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-19 6:33]

Hi Peter,what a perfect light and great quality on this decentralized composition,magnificent capture of this specie with the usual class,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hallo peter
Dit is wel een hele mooie met die witte kop
super goed op stok en veel details met veel scherpte
achtergrond is ook erg goed ,springt er lekker uit zo
ik vindt hem prachtig
bedankt weer gr lou

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

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-19 10:03]

Hello Peter,
What a pretty little flycatcher you have presented to us today. Love it's contrasting black and white plumage along with those signature flycatcher body features. Wonderful detail and beautiful natural colors. Exposure is just right and you even managed to capture a tiny glint in it's eye. Well done!!

Hi Peter,
really nice bird. Excellent composition. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-19 11:19]

Hi Peter,
Gorgeous photo of a beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness details, amazing colors with nice composition. Nicely blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-01-19 16:46]

What an exquisite little bird!
It's head seems too big for its body!
Beautiful details and light!
TFS, Peter.

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this exotic bird, fine POV and framing, the catch-light render
the eye-contact more beautiful, excellent focus, sharpness, details, beautiful light, TFS


Hi Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的小鳥
顏色只有黑白兩色很特別 也顯的很高貴
光線亮麗 羽毛的光澤漂亮 也非常的細膩
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Amazing bird Peter! Great photo as usually! The lighting is fantastic! Impressive sharpness too!

Hi Peter, It is really a lovely cute bird captured with nice light at a great POV. Perfect focus with great details. The blurry FG stands out the bird even more. Thank for sharing

Why the word 'tyrant' for this beautiful bird, Peter?
Brilliant capture of it from Brazil. The image is flawless and technically outstanding.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter
Very well captured image with great sharpness and colour.
BG colour is also good.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-21 7:44]

Hello Peter,
A cute Tyrant with its white head and dark plumage. Very well composed shot with fine colours. Very pleasant and interesting species.
Kind regards

Greet compo perfect details and sharp. Impressive focused black eye. Well done Peter!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-21 20:03]

Hello Peter
such a special bird....so small and so pretty.
The details are so well seen. The pestel background is lovely too.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-01-22 8:52]

Hallo Peter,
An interesting bird ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2014-01-22 18:29]

Hi Peter,

Beautiufl photo of a pretty flycatcher. Love it's contrasting black and white of the bird. Wonderful detail and beautiful natural colors. Background of light brown give a very natural environment and bring out the details of hte bird well. Thanks.


Hallo Peter
A beautifully presented image, with vivid colours and sharp details. The composition and point of view is pleasant and the colour of the background really pretty and compliment the Cattle Tyrant's plumage beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Peter,

Good exposure with detail in the white and black, nice and sharp, excellent point of view, great effort here my good friend, well done,
Best Regards,


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