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The Zorro-Bird

The Zorro-Bird
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 200-500 DI
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-01 18:07
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Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypsis trichas

Well, apart from the obvious high-profile birdies like Cardinal and Blue Jay I had very little knowledge of US birds before going there (I still do, as a matter of fact). Especially the multitude of little ones were quite unknown to me, which is why I took to calling this little chap with his distinctive mask "the Zorro-Bird" until such a time as I would learn his proper name.. I came across this little fellow on a sunny afternoon when roaming the Marblehead Bird Sanctuary. He and a few friends were making merry by the smallest of the ponds there in a marshy area, which fits in very well with the description as to favourite habitat given below.

A skulking masked warbler of wet thickets, the Common Yellowthroat is far more frequently heard than seen. Its "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty" can be heard from the Yukon to Newfoundland, and from southern Florida to southern Mexico.

Yellowthroats live in grassy marshes, or in wet meadows or thickets. They nest on or near the ground, usually in a clump of grass, cattails, reeds, bulrushes, weeds or low shrub. Sometimes they nest in a willow tree or inside a Skunk Cabbage.

Common Yellowthroats eat mostly insects and spiders, including: caterpillars, grasshoppers, dragonflies, beetles, butterflies, aphids, and many others (adults and larvae). They do eat some seeds.
Because they spend a lot of time on the ground looking for food, plants are very important as cover.
Yellowthroat predators include snakes, turtles, raccoons, opossums and other animals which may find the low-lying eggs or nestlings. Adults may be attacked by hawks or owls.

Common Yellowthroats migrate, flying South in the Fall, returning in the Spring. It is not the temperature which causes yellowthroats to leave before Winter, but rather the food supply, since insects are harder to find.
 Small songbird.
 Plain olive green back, wings, and tail.
 Yellow throat and upper chest.
 Male has distinctive black mask.
 Size: 11-13 cm (4-5 in)
 Wingspan: 15-19 cm (6-7 in)
 Weight: 9-10 g (0.32-0.35 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male with black mask, female dull.
Song a musical "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty." Call note a distinctive sharp "tchat."
Information lifted from this source which also has a recording of the yellowthroat's call, and from this source.

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I have never heard of this one either Bente, however, he is a lovely thing isn't he?
Well captured, nice detail, great color, and framed in natural surroundings. Excellent lighting in this fine composition. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-01 20:10]

Fantastique photo, tout est parfaits, les couleurs l'exposition, la netteté et la pose de l'oiseau.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-01 20:22]

Very good shot of this yellowthroat. I have never seen this one out here on the West Coast. Sharp details, great colors and light, excellent composition. TFS. ; )

Bente, what a pretty wee bird. I love the 'Zorro' mask. Very good detail. Nicely composed with a perfect OOF BG. Well done. Thanks

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-02 6:19]

Hi Bente, what a beautiful capture of your Zorro bird - good name. Well composed with good details and colours. Just lovely, thank you.

Beautiful photo!
Perfect details, POV and composition, lovely model and really great colours.
I love the BG with it's arty look.
I like the photo very much.
Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-02 14:11]

Hi Bente, very nice bird. I'm sure I've not seen one before. It looks like it has stolen Robin's mask. Lovely composition and a nice catchlight. Well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-02 15:17]

a great bird with amazing colors and a pose... wonderful shot... I like it so much...
very well done Bente

Hello Bente,
When I saw this little beauty, I looked immediately on the shooting location, because I was jealous these were only in Denmark: -). It must be thrilling, after having reviewed nearly all possible birds in Europe, to observe some on another continent. A beautiful bird, very well caught, with an artistic touch in the colors combination. Much like what Lesley does with her great birds shots.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-02 17:25]

Hello Bente,

This is a very nice picture and I really like the colors. The catchlight in the eye is very good. Pose of the bird is good and composition is great aswell. The focus seems a little bit soft but it could be my dirty lenses or the late hour. ;) A great picture all in all. Well done & TFS!


Hey...I've seen this bird before...LOL... you already know I am jealous of this shot because I have never been able to get one as nice this gem! I miss our little outings, Bente...when are you coming back?

Its a lovely bird. Callie might just claim that you plagiarized his own term for our Robin. He calls them "Zorro" birds. Easy to see why you called this critter Zorro. It a great shot and I like the BG effect a lot. Very well done.

So lovely a capture and composition, Bente. The depth of field is so well used here, and the darker background really helps us to focus in right on that pretty bird!

Hello Bente! Excellent work - Top Notch! It's a great pleasure to see a small bird done right..Hey, don't make yourself so scarce, ya hear now!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-28 3:26]

I like very much this beautiful little Zorro ;-) Nice composition, good pose in the leaves, colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing Bente.

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  • jimzzz (44)
  • [2005-06-28 12:42]

Beautiful capture of this bird Bente. I like your Blur background. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-29 22:46]

Hello Bente!

Personal assessment of the photo: My hero! I had the pleasure to see him several times since my chilhood and my joy is always renewed each time... even in photo! On my wishing list, of course!
Very good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing particulary this one.

this is a beauty Bente,
it is a fantastic composing shot, the pov is very nice and the colours and the dof are super, very good job Bente,
gr. Jaap

:-) Excellent title...

That's a fantastic shot Bente... 1/160, wow... you don't have to move, for any reason !!
I don't think we have this species in France (even in Europe). Really lovely, thank you for sharing !

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-15 18:22]

Hola Bente, bonita imagen y buenos colores.... Saludos Sira

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