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WhiteThroated Fantail

WhiteThroated Fantail
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Copyright: Mukesh Srivastava (mukesh) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 35] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 21:22
Viewed: 3368
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A very aggressive pair at our backyard. They can take on a good sized crow if needed.

The White-throated Fantail is insectivorous, and often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.
Not normally renowned as a songster, the male of R. a. albogularis, the peninsular race, uses a fixed and unmistakable pattern of musical notes in its call. The notes are loud and normally divided into two stanzas - the first with 5-6 trilling notes rising and falling, followed by 4-5 notes rising up the scale and ending in the highest note.

Birds use the same song year after year, with progressively small changes, with the result that the song sounds very different after 4-5 years. The male's call is a valuable tool in detection and identification of the bird, which can often be confused with the White-browed Fantail, R. aureola, where their ranges overlap. R. aureola has light underparts and prominent spots in two rows on the wings. Its call is rather functional, and not as pleasant and aesthetic as that of R. albicollis.

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Hi Mukesh,
Very nice capture. Good background. I wish the tail was also in focus.

Hi Mukesh!
So how are you doing?
Pleasure to see you posting on TN again.
This image of a Fantail is quite attractive. The focus on the face is sharp. However, it is a bit soft on the tail itself.
Hope to see you here frequently.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-07 0:12]

Hello Mukesh,

Nice frontal view you got there staring at you, although slightly off at the tail end.
This bird is very difficult to shot as it never sit still for a moment. That why we call it "murai gila" in malay meaning 'mad magpie/mad bird'. It move about like mad.


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