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Copyright: Paulo Sousa (Paulosousa) (6897)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lll USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Fine Feathered Friends [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-08 15:05
Viewed: 4240
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-06-08 15:17]

marvelous twins shot,
a little bit dark bur I love the good taken composition, realy good photo, great pov, good light, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Paulo,
a lovely couple, sad, the saturation of the colours is not so good, a little grey on my monitor. But it's very sharp and such a nice glance in the eye, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-06-08 18:27]

Hola Paulo.- Bella tu foto, buenos colores y contraste, y tu nota muy buena tambien. Hoy por casualidad presente una foto de otro pitirri aqui, espero tambien te guste. Saludos Luis52

Hi Paulo,
A nice catch of this beautiful pair. Vibrant colors and sharp detail in this frame filling composition. Dark backround really makes them stand out.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-09 14:21]

Hello Paulo,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,details,catchlight in eyes,framing,dark BG and composition a lot.

Hola Paulo,
Despite your exposure problems, it is a nice capture of the pair. Great sharpness and details.
Well done.

Looks like an akward moment for the two. ;) Nice shot, and good close up.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-12 6:58]

Hi Paulo,
nice double portrait. Unusual birds. I like the colours and DOF. Well done photo and interesting note.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-13 6:56]

Hello Paulo,
beautiful shot of this couple. The details are nice and sharp and the colors look great against the black background. Very nice POV and nice light. A very nice composition.

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  • Moscato (1449)
  • [2006-06-16 3:41]

Bonita foto Paulo, o fundo escuro destacou bem os passaros. Parece ser um casal de Bem-te-vi, felizmente estes pássaros se adaptaram bem a vida perto das cidades e não correm risco de extinção. Aqui mesmo perto de casa tem varios deles , quando o dia amanhece começam a cantar alegrando a todos, parabens.

Bonjour Paulo C'est une excellent Prise de vue avec deux très jolis oiseaux! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, grande acuité et détails. il y a un peu de surexposition sur les épaules des deux oiseaux. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci passe un bon week end....JP

gostei das cores, luz, composição uma dupla muito engraçada!
thanks Ana:)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-05 21:28]

Hola Paulo.
Muy bonita composicion con buenos colores ,nitidez y contraste,estas aves son come mariposas son depredadoras y muy inteligentes,bonita foto,completa y buena nota,

Gracias y espero mas fotos consejos criticas y comentarios.


hi paulo
tres joli couple,dommage qu'ils soient un peu sur exposes sinon bonne netteté et bons details.

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