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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 16:43
Viewed: 7092
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 210
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, in the open gardens of “Parque del Este”, in Caracas, Venezuela, while I was in pursuit of another specie of bird that I have seen other opportunities at those trees, that finally hope to be able to take someday.

Meanwhile, in the looong wait, suddenly appeared this black bird with the insect in the beak, that was posing for me briefly like proud of the obtained prey.

Handheld with Image Stabilizer (IS), about 11 am, good weather.
Little crop, contrast, resized for TN and sharpen.

I'm really grateful to Ivan (ARGUS) who provide me the ID of this female Carib Grackle.

Carib Grackle
he Carib Grackle, Quiscalus lugubris, is a New World tropical blackbird, a resident breeder in the Lesser Antilles and northern South America east of the Andes, from Colombia east to Venezuela and northeastern Brazil.

The adult male Carib Grackle is 27cm long with a long wedge-shaped tail, although the latter is not so long as with other grackles. Its plumage is entirely black with a violet iridescence, its eyes are yellow, and it has a strong dark bill. The adult female is 23cm long, with a shorter tail and brown plumage, darker on the upperparts. Young males are shorter tailed than adult males and have some brown in the plumage. Young females are very similar to the adult females.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Quiscalus
Species: Q. lugubris

Carib Grackle

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-29 16:47]

Hi Jose. a very good Picture. a great looking bird. you have caught him with fine detail and show his eye of well. good timing to get him with his food.a nice POV and DOF.well done TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-29 16:59]

Hi Jose,

Superb shot of the bird with its lunch, the POV from behind and the pose are both excellent, very good detail on the feathers and the eye and well timed to catch the bug too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hola José Miguel.
Una fantástica captura en ambos casos.
La iluminación perfecta de la escena saca a relucir muy buenos detalles. Ese ojo es fantástico y de ahí el resto.
Una verdadera delicia de foto.
Mis felicitaciones por un trabajo bien hecho.
Juan Luis.

Wonderful capture Jose Miguel.
Beautiful, details and pose of the bird with his prey. Like he does want to show youwhat he did catch.
Excellent sharpness and clarity. Best regards, Harry

Hi Jose Miguel, splendid eating bird, excellent details, great focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-29 18:03]

Hello Jose,

well worth waiting for! I can't help with the ID unfortunately, but it's a great moment you've captured here. Excellent detail, i love the wide open eye. Great shot!



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-29 18:27]

Hola Jose Miguel.- Bella foto, hermoso momento, exelentes detalles. Luis52.

bonjour Jose
Une image que l'on ne voit pas souvent et c'est toujours agréable de regarder. Bonne composition, c'est parfaitement réalisé sur tous les plans : cadrage, lumière, netteté.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Bonjour Jose Miguel,
Très impressionnante scène, superbement saisie. La composition est très réussie, avec un premier plan très dynamique et un arrière plan sobre et harmonieux. J'aime beaucoup le regard inquiet de l'oiseau, qui surveille les environs. Les détails sur le regard, les plumes et l'insecte sont très bien restitués. Très belle image,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-29 19:57]

Hi Jose Miguel, wonderful I must say, the picture is so beautiful is out of this world. Congratulations in a fine capture, great POV, soft composition, and excellent collors.. well done

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-29 20:29]

Hello Jose Miguel,
this is a big bug the bird caught and he is very kind showing it to you.
Great capture, the lighting is very nice and brings out the details of the plumage very well.
Excellent sharpness and a wonderful composition.

Hello Jose,
Great shot with plenty action and colors very sharp, well compose TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-29 22:18]

Hello Jose,
This photo has many outstanding qualities:
1. Outstanding composition with great POV. With head turned, we see eye and beetle in beak. Very nice!
2. Outstanding focus. We see excellent detail in feathers and around eye.
3. Exposure is perfect to give plenty of light yet keep the colors very natural.
Well done!

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-05-29 23:28]

Hi Jose, this is an excellent and timely capture of this bird, with its prey. A back shot with him looking back provides excellent detail of the bird as a whole. To catch it with its beak wrapped around a beetle is extra special. In this capture you have maintained excellent control over your detail and colour.

Thanks, John

Hi Jose,
Good action shot. Good colors and details on black.
It looks like a Common Grackle to me. Hard to say from this angle.
TFS, Mario.

Hi dear Jose ,
what a nice image at interesting moment.
It has excellent details and nice sharpness.
A perfect capture.
thanks for sharing
Best wishes

Hello Jose,
This is wonderful shot. The action is interesting and you captured well. The image is well exposed and well composed. Very nice natural surrounding. TFS,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-30 4:07]
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Hola José Miguel,
This is an excellent sharp capture of a female Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris) or Tordo Negro in Spanish. The male is more purple-black.
Fine pose, action and composition set against a superb contrasting BG.
Regards, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-30 4:38]

Hola José,
una captura excelente,
se aprecian los pliegues de las plumas,
y los tonos, la fotografía tiene su magia, mientras espera una cosa te viene otra...
Este trabajo te ha quedado genial por partida doble, saludos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-30 4:39]

Hello Jose,
Very nice capture.POV,colors,details and moment you caught are wonderful.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-30 4:49]

Hi Jose.
Well composed this capture of this bird in action.Great pose and very good your used POV-I see beautiful detail on eye and on his food in beak.Well focused,fine sharp details in plumage.Very good DOF,pretty blurred BG worked very well here.Perfectly you caught this moment.TFS.
With greeting Milos.

Muy buenas Jose Miguel
Toda una captura la de este ave y la tuya, como se llama esta especie o mejor dicho que especie es?. Yo las ví hace unos años cuando estuve en Margarita (isla) y me quedé con las ganas de conocer su especie. Y mira que he tratado de conseguir una guia de aves de venezuela y ni por esass la consigo.
Un saludo

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-30 5:25]

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture.Timing is amazing.I liked POV,colors,lighting,BG,framing and a lot.TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-30 5:42]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Very interesting picture, Jose. The composition is excellent showing probably a kind of crow from behind, the sun reflected by its feathers. Most remarkable is the attentive expression of the bird. Having a little coleopter in its beak is a plus also. Pleasant colour-contrast green and black. A very natural and vivid shot.
Thank's and best regards

Wow Jose,

I really like this image very much. Incredibly good picture with a prosumer camera. The bird is seen in its natural environment with the prey that it had just caught. Very well done!


I humbly apologise, but my smileys are finished. I will be back in the morrow to remedy.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-30 10:31]

Fantástica foto, Jose Miguel!
Vaya festín se va a dar el pajaruelo éste con ese pedazo de coleóptero!
Si me parece difícil capturar un ave de estas, capturarla con semejante presa en el pico se me hace algo tremendo! La postura en que le has pillado es además perfecta no sólo para ver su precioso plumaje sino también la cabeza y el pico con su presa. El ojo tiene un color claro que me encanta en un animal de plumaje tan oscuro.
La composición de la imagen es magnífica con esas preciosas hojas parecidas a la acacia, y el fondo difuso con ese colorido la hace aún más sublime.
Felicidades y un gran saludote.
Hasta pronto

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-30 13:01]
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Hi Jose.
What an amazing POV and picture. Where had you stood? On the next tree branch? –:) Terrific reproduction of the bird and bug, great sharpness and details. Impressive FG and well blurred BG. Composition is great too. Once more superb job by you. Bravo and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-30 14:48]

Wow Jose, great capture. Excellent POV capturing him from behind but with that wonderful pose where he is glancing behind him. Pin sharp, excellent details in the difficult dark feathers and good DOF. In captured insect is just an extra bonus



Wow! Jose a cool catch, superb focus on a nice shallow DOF well timed for the pose sharp eye nicely composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-30 16:43]

Hola José Miguel
¡Pues que captura más dinámica! La pose y el gesto asociado a la cacería forman una imagen de aspecto agresivo. La composición es ideal para la situación.
Saludos cordiales,
José Miguel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-30 16:44]
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Hi Jose

What a terrific capture both from you and the bird here.
You picture is quite stunning considerring the distance to the subject and the equipment [not necessarily the zoom but the sensor size...i know that's my main problem usually, too :)]
The details here are great - very clear and sharp - and one can easily appreciat the beetle that it captured :)
The natural colors are lovely and the DOF is another strong element of the photo - with only f/3.5 you managed to get all the bird into focus.
Spot-on exopsure, charming BG and a beautiful composition.

Bravo and TFS

merhaba Jose Miguel,
very great action. focus and details wonderful. Light come from top of right very well. Your timining great. thanks.
Best wishes

Olá Jose.
Que imagem maravilhosa !!!
Lindos detalhes cores e o fundo desfocado me agradou muito !
Paabéns lindo trabalho .

Belle photo de cet oiseau qui a capturer un insecte, les couleurs sont belles et l' oeil est perçant. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Jose,
Excellent image not only of a lovely bird but also the end of a beetles life cycle. A wonderful POV and the quality of the image is superb. You were lucky to capture it in such lovely green surroundings.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-30 20:35]

José, great title, great phot.

Excellent composition, pose and blurred bg.

I enjoy lighting too.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-30 22:26]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful capture with great focus and exposure, like that he has a big beetle dinner in his beak, thanks for sharing Jose.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-31 2:43]
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Hello Jose Miguel,
A fabulous capture, quite extraordinary. Vibrant greens are attractive and the pov is excellent with the head turned sideways. Focus is perfectly on the eye. Stopping down would render the beak and the bug sharp, too. But as I understand that was not possible because of the shutter speed constraint. Small sensor size can be a blessing or a curse for depth of field.
Best wishes,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-31 3:50]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Nice catch with a good composition and pose. TFS

Looks like it's lunch time...not an appetizing looking snack though.
Great composition and wonderful moment to capture. Perfect detail especially in the feathers - which is always hard to do when you have that dark color.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-05-31 10:35]

Hola Jose Miguel, perfectos detalles de este gran macro, estabas alli en el momento oportuno para captar esta bella imagen Felicitaciones!

Witaj Jose!
This is very good foto. Clear bird. In beak tasty bite. Nicely blurred background, sharp eye and feather. Grow green it adds charm.
I greet and congratulate - Roma

Hello JM,
Such powerful shots taken with modest equipment establish the fact that it is NOT the equipment that makes a good picture; it is the man behind it.
What a beautiful shot you have managed here of a rather dull looking bird with deft handling of your camera and your great sense of aesthetics!
Very well done and thanks for sharing yet another masterpiece.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-31 13:39]

Voilà qui permet de voir ce que mange cet oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-31 15:09]

Hi Jose,
a very sharp and well composed shot.
Brilliant POV and DOF.
Well done,

Hi Jose,
Interesting shot for its POV, and the bird is doing something.
Well composed with very good details & you handled the bright sunlight well here..Great job :)

Hello Jose Miguel,
excellently composed, very dynamical snapshort. You seized your chance very skilfully and determinedly. A photographer's lucky day to capture a bird in such a lively pose, with an enormous piece of prey. Beautifully set on stage with soft foreground, the actor sits perfectly in focus in front of an ideally suited distant background, ready to fly away in a fractal of a second. A very moving capture. Excellent work.
Thank you! My best regards,

Buenos detalles: ojo, escarajo, plumas ... y gran p. de campo. Encuadre excelente y colores reales... todo piropos pero la foto lo vale, solo hay q ver como la votan.

Hi Jose,
this is an interesting shot of this grackel with that insect in it's mouth.That beetle is a goner to be sure but you are right the bird looks proud of it's catch.A nice point of view,focus and colour makes this photo a nice addition to TN,Tfs. Bob

Hi JM,

Superb shot of this bird with its lunch.

I like it very much.


Excellent clarity of this pretty animal. Nice framing there too.
Best wishes,

bonjour josé miguel
beaucoup de details dans le plumage de cet oiseau,la proie dans le bec le rend vivant.
bonne couleurs.

Hola José,
La foto está espectacular, me gusta mucho la situación en que lo captaste, en pleno proceso de saborear un cascarudo (puaj!!). Muy bueno el ángulo y los detalles.

Nice capture, I see he has lunch, well exposed and good detail in the plumage.


Hello Jose Miguel,
We have similar specie here and I must say that they are not very agreeable birds, especially when nesting. Those birds construct fecal bags that they take out of their nest and throw them systematically in my POOL… This is sooooo disagreeable as those bags are water resistant and it is discussing… Fortunately it last the time the young are growing up and until they leave the nest. I have done researches about this phenomenon as it happens every year since I live here and this is in their nature. They will clean their nest this way by throwing their dejections in the closest water plan and it seems that I won the jackpot ;)

So, even if I don’t like them, I can say that this is a great capture of it, a good action shot with excellent details, great POV and exposure. You had great timing here. This is very well done! Thanks,

Hi Jose.
Very interesting shot. Nice DOF and very hard angle to get this all in. Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hola JoseMiguel:

Es increible la foto que has conseguido, que perfección, que nitidez, que colorido, que enfoque, en fin todo es una maravilla, los animales estan perfectos de definición, (bueno hay uno que lo pasa mal) Gracias por compartir tanta belleza tanta belleza.

Un abrazo


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-06-02 17:06]

Belissimo passaro muito bem fotogrado e impressionante a nitides desta maquina tenho uma igual e não consegui ainda domina-la voce tem uma técnica ótima em fotografar estas aves,parabéns mais uma vez.

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-06-02 22:52]

Hello Jose,
Wow! What a nice shot!
You have been at the right place at the good moment, bravo!
Great composition, nice pose of the bird with his capture.
Excellent details in the dark feathers, on the eyes and insect.
Colors are natural and very nice.
Congradulations for this job well done and Muchas gratias for sharing!
My best regards,

Hola José Miguel
Great photo with wonderful colours and sharpness
Well done

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-06-03 9:10]

Hola José Miguel,
Te felicito por la excelente captura de este pájaro, no me acuerdo como se llama vulgarmente.
Bella composición y color de las plumas. Excelente el pormenor del coleóptero en el pico y el ojo, fué un momento decisivo, muy bien captado. Extraordinária definición.
Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos cordiales,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-03 12:25]

selam jose; wow excellent close up shot of this bird, very good details presented ,very nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-03 13:50]

Hola Jose Miguel, brillante, oportuno,fuerte ,excelente compsiciòn, colores muy naturales y frescos. Saludos

your criticisms are intelligent. you would be a good critic.
you found the soul of the photo.
really, i'm not jocking

tfs mario

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-06-04 10:50]

Hola Jose, muy buena la composición en diagonal del ave con su presa en el pico. Me gusta ademas el punto de vista lateral del ave y el fondo difuso. TFS y un saludo.

José Luis

Hola José MIguel,
Preciosa y original captura de un momento muy preciso, extraordinaria la nitidez acompañada de una luz y fondo muy bellos, gracias por compartir. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-06-04 20:46]

Hi Jose. I like this very much. Good timing to have the meal in the beak like this composition shows. Excellent notes about this tropical blackbird. TFS. Murray.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-04 20:51]

Hi Jose,

How did I miss this fantastic post? This bird is amazing looking and he does look very proud of himself. Excellent details, colors, and composition. The plummage and the eye are wonderful. Even the insect is sharp and clear.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-05 11:02]

Bonjour Jose,
Woooooow ! It is a super close-up. Great to see this bird with its prey. You manage well your S3.
The "+++" : composition, subject + prey, pose, glance, POV, colors, sharpness, details in feathers, DOF, light & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

This is a very opportunistic photo. The sharpness and the focus are just perfect. A shot I would like to find myself.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-06 11:08]

hello Jose
good timing and well posing while it is hunting
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and informative note
thanks for sharing

hi jose!
A great situation you captured here!
sharp with nice pov and good composition
well done!

JM my friend, you hunted the hunter! And you scored. What a great catch! I het that June-bug didn't think so, but such is Nature. I like the moment that you petrified here for us.
Great pose, nice PoV.

Grackles are starting to nest around here. I hope to be able to get a Boattail Grackle before too long!

Tfs, Jay

PS Let's hear it for handheld shots. And IS! Bravo!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-07 17:19]

Hi Jose!
Very nice shot of this small predator bird,
I really like the composition,lighting,
and details,fantastic colors,and again your recognizable peeking over the shoulder :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-08 13:05]

Hello Jose,
Very fine capture of this Crackle having just caught a beetle. I like the pose and his perch amongst the pretty leaves. Sharp details and good colours and the background is nice and soft.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Superb image, a real beauty and great capture on the fine detail on the feather and eye...
Nice one Jose.

Hello Jose Miguel,
Proud guy with big catch!
Excellent point of view, and the post let us see the head and prey very well...
Good details in the plumage, nice focus and attractive colours!
Pablo -

Hello Jose,
A brilliant capture with great sharpness and composition! Very fine DOF, TFS.

Regards, Peter

Hello Jose,
Perfect sharpness on all your photos in the gallery and this one with no exception!
top quality indeed and also thanks for the useful note
Muchas gracias

Hola Jose,
Excellently capturing this black bird with a bettle in its beaks.
Sharp and neat image.


magnifique cette photo
quelle netteté, elle dégage une pureté...

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-18 21:50]

That's a cool catch - details of bird and prey are quite impressive. Excellent!

Very nice shot. I love to try and get shots of birds feeding in there natural enviornment and not at feeders. This is excellent. Super sharp and exposure is outstanding. DOF is perfect as well. Thanks for sharing and I love your work.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-06-19 17:37]

hola Jose M

excelente captura del pájaro con su alimento en la boca
la posición del sujeto no es muy normal pero queda muy bien.

a nivel técnico ,la luz, los detalles y la composición con el fondo borroso y el primer plano de las hojas queda tambien muy conseguido



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 21:56]

Hello Jose

A wonderful capture both for you and the bird.lol.Not so wonderful for the bug.Excellent focus and sharp details.The composition is very well done.The exposure and lighting are well handled.Excellent camera work.TFS


Hola Jose Miguel !
I don't want to repeat what all the others have already said in their comments, so I yil just tell you how much I love this picture. You have caught the bird at the perfect moment, in a wonderful pose. A real pleasure ofr the eye. Very well done !

Hi Jose,
This looks really good. Nice timing to catch the bird in an excellent pose with the beetle in his beak. Nice color saturation and sharp detail.


Oh, this is Unreal! Love this spontaneous capture! Great sharpness, and beautiful DOF. Love the natural surroundings and colours.

Very well done! Now a favorite of mine!


Hi Jose,
What a great capture.Timing is amazing.I liked POV,colors,light,BG,framing are perfect.TFS



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-06-22 3:17]

Fantastic capture!!very good action here.TFS!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-23 12:24]

Hola Jose Miguel!
This is a most amazing capture of this catcher! Remarcable focus and colours! A real masterpiece!

Hello Jose Miguel,

When I first saw the Carib Grackle while in vacation last February in Maragarita Island, I thought that I was in presence of the Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger)... Finally it was only at my return that I knew that only Quiscalus lugubris was living on the island!

You managed excellently here in order to press the button at the good moment! The exposition is perfect in order to let us know how the different variations of black of the feathers and did a great compo by having a so nice bg and a complimentary nice fg... Excellent focus on the bird!

Great job and TFS!


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-06 2:43]

Hi Jose, I love your shots showing the character and action of the subjects. This one is great with the catch in his beak. So sharp with great focus, great colour, light and perfect dof. Very nice composition.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-07-06 19:01]

Hi Jose,
Great Grackle hunting photo.
I like your timing,pose,pov,dof,colors,blurred bg,focus,note and framing.TFS

Hi Jose,

This is an excellent photo, very well captured and timed, the beetle in its mouth really makes the picture. I also like the point of view through the tree - very effective.

Nice work - TFS, Doug

Very good light.
Excellent decisive moment.
TFS Jose

bonjour Jose Miguel

superbe photo d'action prise au bon moment,
j'aimes le cadrage de l'image et l'expression
des yeux de l'oiseau, MERCI BEAUCOUP



Very nice picture with great detail and beautiful POV. DOF is perfect, foliage sets the bird in is environment and soft background isolates the subject. Very good, Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Dan.

Hi Jose,
Perfect timing,
Nice colors of the plumage.
The sharpness and POV are marvellous.
Great work.

Excelente foto!! La escena del pájaro con el insecto es buenísima. Se ven muy bien los detalles del plumaje que contrasta con el difuminado del fondo.

Gracias por compartir esta foto.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-21 7:14]

Hello Jose, very good moment you've captured there. Very sharp, well exposed, good composition and nice background. Well done,


Hi Jose,

A nice image of the Carib Grackle with his meal, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Jose,
Firstly, thanks for the kind and detailed comments on my Chickadee shot. I appreciate that. :-)

Your photos are very impressive to me. You know what? I can find it out which photo is yours from among other photos on TN. :-) You have your own colour for photography I think. :)
This is also very attractive shot to me.
Vivid colouration with excellent details and focusing.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

Great capture, JM. Well composed image with good sharpness on the subject. Nice pose. Back shots usually are not worth keeping. This one however is a keeper. The way the grackle has its head turned to the right allows us to see the whole head and the beak with its catch. The result is powerful. TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-24 3:14]

Bonjour José,

Félicitation pour cette belle prise. J'aime l'action et la prise de vue.
Merci pour le partage.

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