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Tailor Bird

Tailor Bird
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 21:45
Viewed: 3587
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this bird this morning from my house terrace. The sun was bright and the bird was facing the sun. It was just 3 meters away, twittering away merrily and wagging its tail.
Thanks to Badar, I have now got the exact ID of this bird. It is called Tailor Bird and here is the note based on information taken from Wikipedia:

The Common Tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius, is an Old World warbler. This tailorbird is a resident breeder in tropical south Asia from Pakistan and India to south China, and Indonesia.

This passerine bird is typically found in open woodland, scrub and gardens. Tailorbirds get their name from the way their nest is constructed. The edges of a large leaf are pierced and sewn together with plant fibre or spiders web to make a cradle in which the actual grass nest is built. Common Tailorbird builds its nest in a shrub and lays 3-5 eggs.

These 13 cm long warblers are brightly coloured, with bright green upperparts and whitish underparts. The crown of the head is chestnut. It has short rounded wings, a short tail, strong legs and a long decurved bill. The tail is typically held upright, like a wren.

The sexes are identical, except that the male has long central tail feathers in the breeding season, but young birds are duller.

There are two endemic races in Sri Lanka which retain the male's long tail feathers all year.

Like most warblers, the Common Tailorbird is insectivorous. The song is a loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup.

I shot this image in Programmed Auto mode using a tripod.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day.

mariki, matatur, fartash, uleko, Miss_Piggy, jaycee, Argus, jmp, MMM has marked this note useful
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-16 22:11]

Hi Ram,
I will be back in a moment.

bonjour ram
tres bel eclairage et superbe pose de l'oiseau,la netteté est impeccable.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-16 22:40]
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Hi Ram,
Nice backlit image. This is the common Tailor Bird ( Orthotomus sutorius). The name comes from the nest built by this bird which is two leaves stitched together.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-16 23:27]

Hello Ram,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, everything is excellent !

Hello Ram,

Very nice composition. Excellent POV. Good sharpness. Beautiful light and colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-17 1:55]

Hello Ram,
Fantastic photo of this Tailor Bird. Splendid light and colours. Excellent sharpness, pose and composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-17 2:20]

Now this is a real stunner Ram!
The black-lit effect is splendid!
Energy-filled pose and a great composition.
Razor sharp and crisp.
Very nice colours.
Exceptional image my friend.


You are a lucky man to have a cute little bird like this one to perform for you in the morning Ram, and your capture is, as usual, perfect in spite of the contra-lighting.
Cheers my friend,

Hello Ram
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,colors and POV,Welldone my friend.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-17 3:54]

Hello Ram,
This is a brilliant shot of this cute little Tailorbird. The backlight has worked really well and details and colours are very clear. Great focus on the eye too and a fine composition. Well done!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-17 5:05]

Ram Sir, very nice shot and I believe you had your lady luck in the morning. Amazing clarity Ganesh

Hallo Ram
Beautiful shot of this lovely bird I love the point of view showing its funky back feathers. Great focus and exposure. Amazing pose of the bird, wonderful pictured scene, great details and sharpness. Lovely presentation of this charming bird. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-17 9:10]

Hi Ram,

You have introduced me to an adorable little bird. Wonderful shot of this Tailorbird looking full of mischief. I love the wren-like pose. Nice colors, good details, and a lovely composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-17 9:46]

Hello Ram,
Marvellous capture of a Tailor Bird, a species that I have seen but not been able to photograph. So it's great to see this sharp image of it in a fine pose and taken from an excellent POV. Good light management too, as the light was almost against you.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-17 10:54]

Hi Ram,
Lovely pose and composition. Light from the background gives a nice touch to the bird.
Best regards,
José M.

Hi Ram

Great shot against the light. I saw this species when I was in Thailand in 06, ahh brings back some great memories,
Well composed on the powerline and good sharpness.


Hi Ram,
I love the rim lighting and the typical position of a taylor bird here. I have a spl relation with this bird and very few people know that this is the species that i recorded first time in my camera way back in 1993-1994.
Goutham R

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-18 10:47]

Hello Ram
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Details is good.Nice back light image , well handle.
TFS Michel

Excellent capture of this interesting bird. Great sharpness and fine colour.
Best wishes,

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