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Black Drango

Black Drango
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamBirds, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 10:05
Viewed: 7343
Points: 38
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Hi all,
Yesterday our gang from Bangalore visited Mavathur lake bed and as usual we found this cute little bird waiting for us. We used our CAR as a hide and took some pictures of this cute fellow.
This is a Black Drango.These insect-eating brds are found in usually open forests or bush. Most are black or dark grey in colour, sometimes with metallic tints. They have forked tails,They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched, like a shrike. They flycatch or take prey from the ground.

This was shot with 180mm + 1.4x TC

Hope you pll will like it.

Goutham R

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-02-18 10:09]

Hi Goutham,
Excellent shot!
The sharpness is amazing.
Very good POV, beautiful blurred background and nice colours.
Thanks for the share,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-18 10:21]

Hi Goutham . This is a bird i have not seen before so thanks for posting. great detail and colour with a good POV/DOF. you haveuse the light so well. I have just got the Sigma 180 macro and have tried it with some bird shots .well done TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-18 10:22]

Hi Goutham,

You caught this drongo very well. I like the pose and the background.
Well done.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-18 11:05]

Hello Goutham
Excellent presentation.Good POV and very sharp image,You had master the detail in the black plumage perfectely.
TFS Michel


Very nicely done! Black birds of any kind are always difficult to photograph and show its detail, but obviously it wasn't difficult in this case! You've got a great composition with excellent DOF. Awesome work.
BTW, it is interesting that you mention using your car as a hide. I used it on several occasions and it works wonderfully. To anyone who hasn't tried it, here are the results. It works!


Hi Goutham,

SUPERB shot of this "Black Drongo"
Fantastic Quality
Excellent compo, colors, POV, pose, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-18 12:18]

Hola amigo,
hermosa captura y excelente pov y pose,
bello bg,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-02-18 12:57]

Hi Goutham,
Great shot of what I always find difficult to capture: a dark/black bird.
Great sharpness and focus.
Lovely colours and good dof.
Greetings from Holland.
René, Paula

Nice composition to this bird, good DOF and an interesting subject as well...(good eye detail)

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-18 15:56]

Great shot. Good detail, light and pose! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-18 18:19]

Hola Goutham.
Bella foto, muy hermosos colores en negro de este especimen. la cola es verdaderamente muy bella.

Hi Goutham,
excellent POV and exposure,very vivid pic of the bird.well done.

hi goutham,

I heard u had a blast of time on sunday...and of course the picture speaks of it in volume. there is a patch just underneath the eye of the bird..is it dirt or a gash received during territorial fights.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-19 3:45]

Stunning shot of this Black Drongo!!!
The clarity is superb!
Very good detail in the plumage and great sharpness.
Excellent DOF and a great blurred BG.
Great composition.

Very well done Goutham!

Delightful capture of the Black Drongo, Goutham.
The entire bird is in sharp focus, but the eye in particular is absolutely stunning.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Hello Goutham
This is a lovely shot of the the Black Drango..(a totally new bird to me)..you have captured him superbly with the black fine and richly detailed..Not easy to do!!...You also have a lovely graduated background which highlights him superbly..Top Work and tfs.
Best Regards

Goutham, Has the 180mm ever failed? Great picture. Love the details on the tail. A soft light would have helped in lighting up the belly of the Drango.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-19 10:20]

Hello Goutham,
Terrific photo of this Drongo. Excellent colours, sharpness, details, POV and BG in a fantastic composition. This is a beauty!

Hi Goutham

Nice picture. with good lighting and nice sharpness. This is a very co-operating bird and might been photographed several times. good one.

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