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"Should I eat this fly?"

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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2, Ptaki [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 10:01
Viewed: 4196
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The fly is on the branch. This explains the title.

We call this bird "bem-te-vi". It is an onomatopoeia. When people listen to the bird's voice, they think it sounds similar to words which, in Portuguese, can be understood as “I saw you well” or “Honey, I saw you”. Therefore, the "bem-te-vi" offers us, Brazilians, a suggestive singing.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Lanius

The great kiskadee is a large member of the flycatcher family. It is about ten inches in length. It has black and white stripes on the crown and sides of its head. It has a white line above its eyes. Its chest and undersides are a bright yellow and its throat is white. Its back and wings are brown and its bill and legs are black.

The great kiskadee lives in open woodlands, streamside thickets, groves, orchards and parks.

The great kiskadee can be found from extreme southern Texas south to Argentina.

The great kiskadee eats insects like beetles, wasps, grasshoppers, bees and moths. Despite the fact that it is a flycatcher, it also eats berries, seeds, mice, frogs, fish and lizards. It also will dive straight into the water to catch fish.

Kiskadees are monogamous. A male will mate with only one female. Mating season begins in late March. The female great kiskadee lays two to five creamy-white and brown speckled eggs in a domed nest made of sticks, grass, moss and bark. The nest has a single entry hole and is lined with soft material like wool and feathers. The nest is usually built in a thorn tree or bush. Both parents defend the nesting territory and care for the young.

The great kiskadee is named for its loud "kis-ka-dee" call. It travels in pairs and aggressively protects its nesting territory. One of its most feared predators is the coral snake and the kiskadee will stay away from anything that has the same color pattern as the coral snake.

Manual mode
ISO 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

odin, marhowie, radz, jmouche, wallhalla15, liquidsunshine, red45, ellis49, dew77, coasties, scottevers7, hummingbird24 has marked this note useful
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To odin: ISO 400livios 1 10-26 13:54
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Hi Livio,
phantastic, the moment is great, the bird is realy looking to this fly. Has he eaten it?
It's a lovely one with nice colours.
Very well done, thank you and have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

very good shot!!!

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-10-26 10:53]
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Nice composition Livios, but the bird is not very sharp or well in focus, in my opinion!! Why you shot at 400 iso, i thing you can shot at lower iso and have a better quality? Thanks for sharing birds from brésil.

A well composed shot Livio. Really like the BG effect and colors here. Interesting pose as your bird considers the fly "option" ;-).
Well done & Thank You.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-26 11:23]

Nice composition,sharp bird&excellent bokeh!

Very nice capture.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-26 12:29]

Hi Livios,

This picture has a very strong compositin and the details are good. Good POV and DOF. I like this one! Well done & TFS!


Very good moment you captured! Excellent composition with great POV and DOF! Very well done!

Aha, didn't see the fly at first, thanks for pointing it out. Great composition. Focus is a touch soft on the beak but otherwise perfect.


Superb shot Livio!
Lovely scene captured very well. Details, framing ... are very good.
It would be great if the fly was better visible, but it looks superb anyway.
I like it very much.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-26 16:36]

Hi Livio,
Very nice pose and composition,
great sharpness and clear details.

Great capture Livio,
And for seeing the fly too...very well done.
Well composed, good detail, colour and POV.
Thanks for psoting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-26 17:06]

That is a qustion, Livio ;-) I think this fly is worth to be eaten ;-) Very funny capture, great moment and composition.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-27 2:39]

Fantastic POV, Livio. Your kiskadee is so alert and intent on that bug. Very observant of you to have even noticed it on the twig. Love the pose. Great work and TFS. : )

Hi Livo,
You used the perfect apeture for this, the bird is sharp witho good DOF and well seen from the OOF BG.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours. The insect is a good bonus.
Great work, my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-27 3:30]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful capture.Colors,details,POV,pose of bird,blurred BG,DOF and composition are excellent.

Hi Livio

Really nice shot. Good POV. Exposure is well done. Sharpness, detail and colour are all spot on. Thanks.

Hi Livio,
What a perfect title here. I love the composition and framing. A fleeting moment that you have captured very well. The colors and detail look great to me. Nice shot my friend!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-27 22:10]

Une très belle présentation de cet oiseau. La pose sur cette petite branche est parfaite et le Bg met les couleurs de l'oiseau en valeurs.

Félicitations !!!

Hello Livio,

A sweet capture!

I love the look in the bird's eye as he spots this fly, did he or didn't he?

Nice details, colors and lighting, and pose.

Perfect composition, and BG.

Great job, thank you!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-10-30 5:37]

hi livio,
I really like your birds much...
great pleasure to watch them...
this one is wonderfull as well..
thanks a lot for sharing...

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