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Ashy Drongo

Ashy Drongo
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-20 17:35
Viewed: 2550
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) is a species of bird in the drongo family Dicruridae. It is found widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia with several populations that vary in the shade of grey, migration patterns and in the size or presence of a white patch around the eye.
The adult Ashy Drongo is mainly dark grey, and the tail is long and deeply forked, There are a number of subspecies varying in the shade of the grey plumage. Some subspecies have white markings on the head. Young birds are dull brownish grey.

Subspecies longicaudatus of India (which includes beavani of the Himalayas that winters on the peninsula, with one breeding population in central India that Vaurie separates as longicaudatus in the restricted sense) is very dark and almost like the Black Drongo although this bird is slimmer and has a somewhat longer and less-splayed tail. It is found in more tall forest habitat, has dark grey underside lacking the sheen of Black Drongo. The iris is crimson and there is no white rictal spot. Subspecies leucogenis and salangensis have a white eye-patch as do several of the island forms that breed further south. The calls are a little more nasal and twangy than that of the Black Drongo.

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Hi Foozi,
really nice shot of this bird. Very good low point of view. Nice colours and composition,
have a nice day,

Salam. This in one nice looking drango leaning on the twig. The red popping eye is sharp and well defined details of the plumage. Nice work with that long lens.
Kind regards,

Ciao Foozi, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-12-20 23:10]


A good POV, composition of the image, DOF, BG, colour, lighting and sharpness of the subject.

Hello Foozi,
I have also uploaded images of Drongo from South Africa but yours is definitely better than both of mine. Very beautiful with perfect exposure and composition. What a pleasure to view. Best wishes.

wonderful scene from your fine POV, beautiful composition with great sharpness and colors performance!
regards Foozi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-21 1:47]

Hi Foozi,great capture of this rare guest of TN,very impressive work in a difficult backlight and super sharpness and details,i like the brilliant eye! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-21 2:25]

Hello Foozi,
Good sharp photo of this Ashy Drongo. Nice natural colours. Fine composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-21 3:41]

Hello Foozi,
splendid capture of this beauty!
Excellent sharpness and POV; beautiful light and very nice contrast with blurred background.Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-21 4:13]

A very fine capture Foozi!
from an excellent POV, taken with fine sharpness and natural colours, this is great portrait of the Ashy Drongo, a species rarely seen on TN.
The OOF natural BG is well exposed to minimise th impact of the sky between the leaves in a composition that is just right.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,
Best regards,

Fantastic picture of Ashy Drongo. The image is crystal clear. The soft background creates 3D effect. Very well done and TFS.

Hello Foozi,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and nice pose on the branch. I also like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

hello Foozi
very good composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Nice-coloured background, excellent pose and detail. Nicely composed from a good point of view.
regards yiannis

Hello Foozi,
Great plumage details and excellent sharpness. Colours are beautiful, too. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-21 12:06]

Hello Fozzi.
Super Drongo image! Nicely composed with wonderful plumage details, great pose, and I like the awesome red eye seen so well.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Foozi,
a very good capture, fine details and beautiful natural colours, nice composition with a great pose of this interesting bird
Best regards

Hi Foozi,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Ashy Drongo. The combination of the light of the flash and of the morning light are bringing out the colors. have a nice day.


Un trabajo de difícil realización por el ángulo de disparo empleado y la luz
pero veo que supiste resolver airadament. Muy estética. Buen trabajo Foozi.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Foozi,
Spectacular capture of a splendid bird. Great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
It is a interesting species and the composition and POV are outstanding.
Exceptional eye contact.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Foozi

Excellent close-up photo of this bird,
fine POV and appropriate vertical framing,
ecellent focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-04 8:12]

Hi Foozi, dear friend.
Happy New Year to you. You managed to capture a very cute species. Its details are superb as well as simply and nice scene at whole. I like precise exposure of the image and reproduction dark and light colour tones. My best wishes and kind regards.

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
A very nice picture of this bird, excellent details sharpness against out of focus background, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2012-01-21 5:53]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualiakum wa rah mathullah hay wa bara katu hu,
what attracts me first for a beautiful shot like this is the following;
Model NIKON D90
Software Ver.1.00
Exposure Time 10/2000 sec
F-Stop f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings 1000
Focal Length 500 mm
and then it opens the door to knowledge by you NOTE mentioned, it is nice shot with all its exposure and composition, TFS.


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