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Ceylon Frogmouth

Ceylon Frogmouth
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Copyright: Anil Nediyara (anilnediyara) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 10 N: 180] (780)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/5 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): NATURE'S BEST, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Frogmouths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 7:49
Viewed: 9525
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger, is a relatively small frogmouth. The frogmouths are a group of tropical nocturnal birds related to the nightjars. The female is rufous, lightly spotted with white. The male is grey and more heavily spotted as seen in the photo.

This species is found only in the Western Ghats in southwest India and Sri Lanka. Its habitat is dense tropical forest. The Sri Lanka Frogmouth is about 23 cm long. It looks large-headed, and has a large flattened hooked bill and huge frog-like gape.

Like other frogmouths, this species rests upright on branches during the day, camouflaged by its cryptic plumage and appearing like a broken branch. At night, it hunts insects with its large gape. The flight appears weak and fluttery, but they are capable of flying quietly under the forest canopy.

This photograph is dedicated to Mr. K. V Eldhose, without whose help I would never have been able to sight them. Ceylon Frog mouth was first recorded by Dr. Salim Ali in 1930s in Thattekkad. It was Mr.Eldhose who recorded the second sighting in 1990s. He has worked with many noted naturalists like David Attenborough. He is an ardent birder and your best guide for South India.

This was shot at Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary today afternoon. The birds are so well camouflaged that you may even rest your hand on them mistaking them to be a bunch of dry leaves or branch. The lighting was so bad that extreme slow shutter speed and high ISO had to be resorted.

Model: NIKON D200
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/5
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 500
Focal Length: 300 mm
Date Taken: 2007-11-29 15:50
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average

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Hello Anil,
I love these Frogmouth!
Fantastic image of a fantastic bird.
Fine composition, excellent eye contact,fine lighting, good focus detail.
Hope you don't mind I save it in my favorites.
PS: I did a work shop. Hope you like it.

This is better than the pictures we got. Especially you could photograph this pair with eyes wide open in broad day light. Excellent picture. I wish there was no branch in the front. But knowing these birds, they never choose a clearly lit clutterless perch. Congratulations once again. Great work.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-29 8:49]

hi mr.Anil,
Nice dual picture.Good pov,

Hi Anil,
As murali mentioned, these pictures are much better than what we have got :-) congrats. With 1/5 of a second you have managed to get a super pic!.

Hui, Hui,....
beutiful picture. Infact the only disturbance in the picture is the twig infront. Nice capture.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-29 9:45]

Hi Anil,
Nice pic of this duo.I like the eyes.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-29 10:58]

Hola Anil,
genial trabajo y buenos detalles,
simpático retrato...
buen foco y pov,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-29 11:17]

Hello Anil,
Most of the time I've only seen these birds sleeping. The open eyes brings the photo alive.
Good sharpness and light. The branch in front is a pity. Good composition and POV.

Well done, Anil.
Strange and funny guys...;)
Very good composition!

Hi Anil,
what a fantastic shot,you have captured a wonderful expresiion of the bird's eyes,TFS.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-29 23:13]

Hello Anil, this ia a great shot of these very unusual birds. I love their expressions on their faces! What a magnificent bird. Wonerful shot of the pair, so nice and sharp with good lighting showing their lovely markings. Great note too.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-11-29 23:20]

Lovely eye contact!!!Congrats for the rare shot!!..
I can't wait to go there :)..
thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-30 7:37]

Hello Anil,
What a marvellous capture!
I have seen a pair of Celon Frogmouths in Goa but was not able to photograph them, so I am delighted to see this great shot. You have managed to take this sharply without too much disturbance of the shot by twigs. The poor light has been well used and suuch a sharp image must have demanded a tripod with the low shutter-speed.
Very well done and thanks for sharing this one!
Thanks also for your kind words on my 300th.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Anil,

Fascinating expressions in eyes...
The way you composed these birds brings out a lovely impression and details of them well.
The forest atmosphere is also in frame...

Take care..
A Nice Day :)

jean paul

Remarkable focus on the eyes of these two curious looking birds, Anil. It is my first time to have an encounter with this species. Bravo!
Thanks for writing your critique on my new butterfly image. I am grateful for your candid observations.

Hi Anil,
Two for one!
Unique photo, very hard to get two so close in the wild. Cute couple :)
Even with the FG distraction, well worth posting IMHO.
Well done,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-12 22:05]
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Hi Anil

One thing you don't have to tell me anything about, with regards to photographing in the wild, is how there will forever be a twig, branch, or grass blade in the way to spoil a great or rare photo. It is just sooooo frustrating when you’re not able to get a better POV as no matter how hard you try to avoid that obstacle it seems like it is planted there especially just to spoil the shot. Now, if this photo could talk, I wonder what it could tell us about your response (language, emotions, or attitude) towards that darn twig in front of the frogmouths.

I am sure you would have much rather presented this shot without that twig, but this is what you got, this is what you've captured, and this is what you presented to us. The shot is too valuable to discard it just because of that twig though. In fact I have added this to my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN III" as this is only the 2nd posting of the Sri Lanka frogmouth that I find in the entire TrekNature gallery (currently standing on 125.322 photos). Certainly not your everyday shot.

Besides from that unavoidable obstacle you have very well to capture this shot under rather difficult circumstances. Bad light under the tree-top canopy forced you to push all the settings; ISO500 (strange one seldom seen), f/5.6 (trying to bring in some light), and a shutter speed of 1/5 second (handheld(!) which means "WOW").

Given the adverse conditions you have done exceptionally well to capture this pleasant shot. A fine composition (maybe a little more space on the right could have been beneficial), sufficient sharpness in the details, natural colours, and a well isolated BG (although somewhat busy due to the dense environment). Wonderful eye contact with the bird on the left although I think the one on the right also kept a sharp eye on your presence.

Very well done and TFS.

PS. Please see my thread in the forum which was inspired by this posting - New Theme - with a challenge.

Hallo Anil
Irresistible, cute and also very amusing faces that these birds have. I just love the huge eyes and the funny shaped beaks. They look like they can be rascals according to the expressions on their faces. I really like these strange looking little guys. Nice detail on the facial parts. Great shot. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed looking at this image.
Kind regards

Hi Anil,
What an interesting capture! They are very unusual bird to me. This is a very good capture of those little creatures with impressive eye contact and good details. You also managed exposure well. Thanks,

Hello Anil,
Nice to meet you and much appreciated for visiting my gallery!
Another great nature photographer joining this beautiful site that sharing the wonders of nature, welcomed!
This is a very fine shot of the Frogmouth in perfect sharpness, real colour and superb details in it!
a informative notes is useful
many thanks
best regards to you and family
greeting from NZ

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-20 14:50]

Congratulations on this photo. They got Beautiful expression on their faces. Look amost like a mirrored image. Great detail and sharpness. Wonderful color and atmosphere. Good note too.

great couple and great pic, TFS Ori

Hello Anil,
Beautiful portrait of these frogmouths, they look so comical and unreal, almost look like hand puppets. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.
Paul :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-30 1:38]

Hi Anil,
I love these birds :o) I like the pose you captured and their expression. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-09 10:35]

Hi Anil

Lovely shot of this pair. I like the way you have caught one with direct eye contact and one looking away, it shows us both sides of this bird. Nicely composed, gret POV and good sharpness



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-22 10:23]

Very good photo of these Frogmouths, Anil!
The poses are excellent!
Superb eye-contact.
Very sharp and crisp.
Great lighting.
Well done and thanks for sharing this!


p.s thankyou very much for adding me as a favourite too :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-05 21:06]

Hello Anil


What a wonderful capture.
These are beautiful.
Wonderful eye detail.
The plumage is excellent.


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