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Mrs Pied Flycatcher

Mrs Pied Flycatcher
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 800, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/13 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-28 3:41
Viewed: 4048
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Pied Flycatcher at her nest in South-West Finland. I posted a picture of the male yesterday. The light was very bad when this old picture was shot.

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

In: European Pied Flycatcher Ca: Mastegatatxes Da: Broget Fluesnapper De: Trauerschnäpper Es: Papamoscas cerrojillo Fi: kirjosieppo Fr: Gobemouche noir It: Balia nera Nl: Bonte Vliegenvanger No: Svarthvit fluesnapper Pt: Papa-moscas-preto Sv: Svartvit flugsnappare US: European Pied Flycatcher Ru: Мухоловка-пеструшка

The breeding male Pied Flycatcher is easily identified with his bright, white underparts, black and white wings and little white spot on his forehead. In all other plumages they are duller, not so clean below and with brown not black upperparts. They can easily be told from Spotted Flycatchers by the white markings which go down as well as across the wing. Their habit of letting the wings droop below the level of the tail is typical of the Flycatchers. In female, or non-breeding plumages, they can be hard to distinguish from the other Ficedula Flycatchers but notice that the white at the base of the primaries and the pale second wing bar (on the median coverts) are either very small or lacking completely.

Breeds in mature broad-leaved woodlands and parkland.

In Pied Flycatchers, the song seems to be almost entirely performed as a means of attracting a mate. Once males are paired up they will effectively cease singing, making them notoriously difficult to find except in early summer. Pied Flycatchers seem to advertise their nest sites in much the same way as Redstarts, perching either with the head sticking out of the hole, displaying the white patch on the forehead, or on the outside of the hole with the tail spread to show the white feathers in the tail.

A night-time migrant that travels long distances to winter in the woodland habitats north of the Gulf of Guinea. Major stop-over locations include northern Spain and Italy.

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Hi pekka,
Great capture of this Flycatcher.
But The sharpness is no't very good, Is it a crop?
Best wishes for the new year.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-28 3:58]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture.POV,sharpness,eye contact and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

The hole in the bark must be the handiwork of a Woodpecker, I assume, Pekka, or do these Flycatchers also bore holes in tree trunks?
Despite poor light, the image is pretty sharp and full of details.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-28 5:13]

Hello Pekka,
what an outstanding capture of the Flycatcher.
Perfect sharpness and Colour.
Thank You
Have a beautiful day

hello Pekka

after the male, and now the beautiful female Pied Flycatcher at her nest,
with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
and a catch-light that render the image more beautiful, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-28 9:50]

Hi Pekka,

She is just as beautiful as her male counterpart - how unusual. I love these poses in front of their houses. A lovely shot with nice natural colors and good details and a wonderful sparkle in her eye.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-28 11:28]

Hello Pekka,
The female on the same place is also very beautiful. Good natural colours. Very nice POV and composition.


I'd say you still ended up with a very good picture. I really like shots that show birds in the natural habitat. In my opinion, you can't beat pictures of birds taken at their 'homes'. Very nice work. TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-30 14:08]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of Mrs Pied Flycatcher!
Good colours and nice soft light.
Well composed.
Great POV.

Well done,

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