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Great Kiskadee - thanks PeterZ

Great Kiskadee - thanks PeterZ
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-01 10:32
Viewed: 5182
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thankyou to Peter for giving me the ID of this bird.

Adult Great Kiskadees are 22 cm (8.7 in) long and weigh 63 g (2.2 oz). The head is black with a strong white eyestripe and a concealed yellow crown stripe. The upperparts are brown, and the wings and tail are brown with usually strong rufous fringes.

The black bill is short and thick. The similar Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua) has a massive black bill, an olive-brown back and very little rufous in the tail and wings. A few other tyrant flycatchers – some not very closely related – share a similar color pattern, but these species are markedly smaller.

The call is an exuberant BEE-tee-WEE, and gives the bird its name in different languages and countries: In Spanish-speaking countries it is often bien-te-veo ("I see you well!") or, sometimes, benteveo. In Brazilian Portuguese the bird's name is bem-te-vi, with a similar meaning. A local Mexican name is luis bienteveo, in El Salvador it is known as Cristofue, and in Paraguay as pitogüé. In French it is called tyran quiquivi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-01 10:37]

Hello James,
Good photo of this Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus. It's a quite common bird in tropical South America.
Great photo in excellent sharp details and beautiful light and colours. Good composition, POV and OOF BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-01 11:22]

Hi James. i see Peter has helped with the ID. Its a smart looking brird, Which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. I like the yellow and brown feathers. well done TFS.

Hello James,
what a beautiful passerine bird from Colobia with your great shot. it gave a great pose on plate. focus, POV/DOF, composition and eyes contact very nice. colors also great. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi James,

Excellent picture of this pintagus sulphuratus. Here in Venezuela them call "Bien te veo"! (same sound his sing)... very well shoted!



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-01 15:29]

Very good capture of this different bird.TFS.

Hello James!
It is long time when I saw your last presentation in TN. Probably a lot of work?
This species looks very nice, I have never seen it before. Beautiful species presented in very nice way.
Interesting note too.
All the best from Lodz,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-01 16:31]

Hi James,

It doesn't surprise me that Peter was the one to identify this beauty. This Kiskadee is a very handsome bird and you show him with beautiful colors and fine details. A cute pose on the scroll of the sign and a lovely background.


hello James

beautiful exotic photo and i would say funny same time
because where he is posed, excellent timing from you,
fine POV, fine focus excelent sharpness and details,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hi James,

an nice picture from this bird on that bord.
Great pov and fine colours.


Hi Bro James,

What a lovely and fine looking bird which i have not seen before. Perfect focus, DOF and POV.
TFS and cheers,


Hello James, beautiful shot of this colourful and cute bird with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-03 9:32]

Hello James,
Nice capture of a Greater Kiskadee from Colombia, a species I have seen in Trinidad about 15 years ago, so I can confirm Peter's ID. The POV, sharpness, lighting and colours are great.
Thanks and greetings from a rainy Scania,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-03 14:45]

Hello James, a beautiful shot of this cute bird with nice pose, composition and details.
TFS and R's,

Beautifully colored bird James.
Nice colors & fine detail..
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-05 7:57]

Hello James,
Yes, this is a beautiful bird that was common on Trinidad and I remember its typical call. A fine capture showing great details and beautiful colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello James great POV and fine pose of this cute bird.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hello James,

This is an elegant bird with great lines!
It is a classical pose and good details in the plumage, DoF spot on adds a fine 3D effect...

Pablo -

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-13 0:36]

Hi James,

Super capture. I have not seen this bird. Excellent description provided, thank you beautiful.
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-13 9:35]

Hello James.
Excellent sharp and well composed shot of the Great Kiskadee, Well composed, good clear detail, tack sharp and nicely saturated colour.
Best regards Siggi

An amazing shot, James!
This bird is simply awesome to look at!
Very well timed and framed!

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