|Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy)
|Date Taken: 2012-01-28|
|Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS|
|Exposure: f/5.8, 1/80 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-01-28 9:02|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
first of all, this bird was never easily available in our place, secondly, even if it could be seen in the jungle, it was very difficult to photograph them. restless? no. but always remaining in the interior of those dense bushes... and always moving... slowly, but walking... i had seen this bird before, thrice... followed it by almost crawling through the bushes... got many shots, but not satisfactory. the nearby leaves and branches were getting focused. then on one day, i had no Thrush in my mind and was passing by... absent minded... but suddenly my sixth sense said something was there. i looked around and found the Thrush was sitting calmly on a low branch of a small plant in the outskirts of that bushy area... relaxed and quite. just about 4 to 5 metres away from me! i couldn't dare to move. somehow arranged the camera, and had focused. was going to click, almost, and just then heard the footsteps of some people. i started praying as i could understand what was going to happen..
i clicked, but got that branch only! as because at that time two things had happened simultaneously: one, those people jumped onto me with lots of excitements, questions and curiosities. two, the bird jumped from the branch and vanished into the bushes. i never felt so much frustrated in my life. i turned around and found four-five people were there, two of them being female. they had cameras in their hands. and they were loud! i couldn't relate these two. i thought of giving them a piece of mind, but my frustration and their lack of common sense made me keep quite. i left the place.
and after that... after many days... it was today. finally. i got very little time to click. i thought of taking a smaller shot after this, but once i was done, within half seconds it was gone! what if i was one second late??!!!!
timing? or luck? :)
29th January, 2012
okay. here's some information about this bird on the suggestion of Mr. Ram Thakur... :)
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina) likes well wooded areas with a preference for shady gullies and damp areas and is from the family 'Turdidae'. they say, it's a song bird, but i personally have not heard their songs yet. so no idea. they, usually build the nests with twigs and grasses. the Orange-headed Thrush is a shy, secretive bird usually occurring alone or in pairs. the Orange-headed Thrush feeds on the ground in dense undergrowth or other thick cover. it is most active at dawn and dusk, probing the leaf litter for insect and their larvae, spiders, other invertebrates and fruit.
the above mentioned facts are collected from internet and goes well with what impression i have about the bird till now.
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very nice picture with good details of this beauty
great composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
- [2012-01-28 10:09]
What a pity that the head is a bit OOF. Because the photo is a beauty. Beautiful colours and a nice contrast against the background. Fine composition.
- [2012-01-28 18:51]
This is a new bird for me, so I'm thrilled you stayed focused on getting another shot after all you went through. It has such unique coloring and it's body features remind me so much of our Robins here in Ohio.
Excellent dorsal POV to capture this elusive Thrush, Ruby.
Spot on focus, especially on the eye, and wonderful view of the entire plumage of the bird. That's what we call nature photography at its best!
Your story of capturing it reads well; a bit of info about the species itself would do us a lot of good by way of widening our horizons.
Under the circumstances is a fine shot of this beautiful bird. Wonderful natural colors and contrast with the BG.
- [2012-01-29 0:45]
I had the same problem with this species on my India trip and I did not get a single close up picture. Maybe next time the Thrush will turn the head and come into focus withe the back, otherwise great
SO glad you shared him, he is adorable!!!!!!!! and so so loved your note, you got me giggling!
dear Ruby ...let me be honest here... this image doesn't look good enough to win a competition for the following reasons ( in my opinion of course ): the bird is standing with its back despite the provocative look...I know ..I know ..you did your best, after all this is not a studio shot!!! ;)
2. Good exposition, but I feel that the contrast settings could be boosted slightly. The image of the Orange-headed Thrush is looking rather flat!
3. Your white balance is totally out of tune! Maybe the camera has been set to "cloudy" logically correct but in practice the yellow colors are the dominant here!
4. Why so tight cropp dear Ruby.. this is a bird ... give it a breathing space!
5. Please ...please, do not give up! I've read your last forums....and I've realized how right you are in your arguments! So...good Lord ..I am not feeling any more like a Don Quixote of La Mancha here ...please be my company for awhile ;))))