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A rare visitor

A rare visitor
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6-, Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 4:08
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Points: 48
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Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus

After a few days up north visiting family and friends we’re back home. No time for nature photography this time so today I’m posting a rare bird that we managed to see shortly before we went away.

Ivan (argus) has already posted his view of this cute bird while I’m showing it from where I was standing a few metres away.

This rarity was reported as seen north of here so we got into the car and hastened up to join other birdwatchers and were lucky to see it at close range by a small road where it was feeding on European Spindle berries. It is a small bird that resembles the European Robin but is slightly larger. This was a female in brown colours with reddish flanks and a blue tail that doesn’t show up well here, I’m afraid. The male is bright blue on the upper side and white underneath.

It is a very rare visitor to Sweden but has expanded west to Finland from northern Asia and the Himalayas.

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Hallo Ulla
As I said to Ivan earlier and I want to repeat myself: I noticed that you where gone, and it is remarkable how quick one can pick up if somebody that is always "there" disappear for a few days. I am glad to see you back. My compliments to a most beautiful photograph of this dainty bird. What a delightful view. The details of this Red-flanked Bluetail with its delicate features are indeed a sheer pleasure to look at. Everything comes across so beautifully but what I like the most is the white circle around the bird's eye. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Ciao Ulla. Great dynamic and graphic capture. Nice colours and perfect focus on the bird.


Hello Ulla,
a splendid capture of the Red-flanked Bluetail taken with a perfect focusing among the branches, a very beautiful detail of the bright eye, marvellous natural colours, well composed.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Ulla, great capture of lovely rare bird in nice pose against a difficult BG, good natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Ulla

with your Canon bridge camera you did a DSLR class photography
of this lovely bird, fine POV, fine focus of the bird over the branches,
beautiful background, lovely eye-contact of the bird, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-18 6:45]

Hello Ulla,
A bit more hidden than in the photo of Ivan, but good enough to present us this beauty. The eye contact is impressive. Beautigul colours and sharpness.
I think that the bird for the first time in its life have so many attention from all the photographers.

Hej Ulla
Nice presentation of this rare visitor to Sweden. You did good work to focus on this bird even if you had many branches on the way. Well done.

Hi Ulla, wonderful capture of a rare bird species between branches.
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-18 8:35]

It is a very good documentar photo of this species, I never see this, TFS!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-18 9:19]

Hi Ulla,
magnifik fånga. Hur lycklig du var att fånga denna ovanliga besökare.
Mina uppriktiga gratulationer. Utmärkt fånga trots de hårda villkoren.
En vecka ljus

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-18 9:32]

Hello Ulla,
Splendid shot of this hidden bluetail in a lovely pose.
Colours, details and composition are excellent.
TFS ang G's,

Hello Ulla, an expertly taken shot of a beautiful and rare bird. Great composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-18 10:23]

Hi Ulla
event if the forwd ground is busy it is always nice to heve an excellent image of rare visitor.The image is sharp with nice pose and catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-18 10:37]

Hi Ulla. Goo to see you after yor short trip away. Yes you were both so lucky to have seen this Red-flanked Bluetail . It feathers look so soft may be to help against the cold. Taken with good detail and such bright natural colours. Well taken TFs.

Hello Ulla,

alo congratulations with this rare bird.
Yes Ivan's image are better but you captured him also good.
I have never heard about this bird till short when Ivan posted it.
Fine colours.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-18 14:22]

Hi Ulla,
Nice to see you here again.This species is not seen in Turkey.You caught her curious glance very well.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Ulla,

Beautiful and expertly taken shot of this rare beauty from nice POV with perfect focus, exposure and delightful composition.
TFS and also your kind wishes too!
Have a nice and warm:) night!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-18 16:15]

Hi Ulla,

It's so nice to see this little bird again. He looks so cute peeking through the bare branches. A fine view of his beautiful eye and cute little beak. The lovely plumage looks so pretty and soft. I'm so glad you and Ivan were able not only to see this rarity but also that you both got nice shots of him.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-19 3:06]

Hello Ulla,
A very natural environment for this rare visitor, which I never have seen in real. I looked for some pictures of this bird and it seems to have a very blue plumage on its back. It is true that in its shape it reminds the Robin. You must have been very excited to see them!
Thanks for the interesting posting.
Have a nice day

Hi Ulla,

It is always a thrill to capture a species that is rare and very difficult to get. Although shs deep in the bush you can still clearly see her well. Nice eye contact and catch light asshe appears to be checking you out.


Hello Ulla,
A pity that this guy is hidding but you have managed to get the focus on the bird and not on the little branches
I like the single eye catching

Hi Ulla..
Lovely composition with nice colors and lights...Look cute and pretty...Very nice catch..
Best Wishes.

Hello Ulla
nice little bird, taken in a lovely pose with beautiful colors and sharp details
the blue BG is wonderful
nice to see his natural environment
Have a good night

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-27 16:13]

Hello Ulla,
It is always thrilling to witness something rare, so I know how you feel. This is a nice capture of a species I had never heard of or seen. Thank you for sharing this Beauty.

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