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Black-naped Monarch

Black-naped Monarch
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-29 18:26
Viewed: 3063
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
good morning, everyone! :)
it's 6:28 am right now.

today is a special day for me... my last day at workplace [ah i hate seeing people crying, because i hate to get induced into crying] and today [tonight, rather], am leaving Kolkata... on a trip...

going to Jayanti forest in search of Sultan Tits and Asian Fairy Blue-birds.
wish me luck.

i may take Jiya with me [my laptop]... not decided yet.. but even then, i am sure i won't get network over there.
so this collage is my parting gift till the time being :)

Black-naped Monarch is a dream bird to us, in here. people simply pray to get a glimpse of it. this tiny blue-beauty looks dashing under sunlight, but ALWAYS prefers to stay in shades. being restless [continuously hopping from one branch to another], taking a decent shot of this amazing, cute, lovely bird... is very tough.

i had waited the whole season for such a shot. but couldn't manage... first of all, was not getting to see them, secondly, even if had seen, missed those wonderful moments :(
had to stay within my equipment-wise limitations. it had every possibility to throw me into frustration, but i knew, that was not the last chance. i knew my mother Nature. i had faith. and hence, i had waited... may be one month, or one year... both were okay for me :)

and then, as they say, 'on one fine day'... :) i was leaving the sanctuary, and suddenly this bird came in front of me. i stood like a statue. it was almost noon. the sanctuary was vacant... the bird [seemed not aware of my presence] started brushing its feathers and was busy in grooming itself. i took shots for exactly 10 minutes! Black-naped Monarch giving pose for TEN minutes???! when people heard that, just stared at my face... with mouth open :)
but the fact is, i took the first shot at 11:50 and last at 12 O'clock! just a fact :) :)

the only problem was, the bird was, as usual in shade and the Sun was against my lens... okay :) better luck next time. i have faith :)

blue in birds is my weakness :) ...and this is an impossible bird... so, i thought of posting this blue-beauty before i leave :)
bye everybody. please, wish me luck :)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To nagraj: i know :)rubyfantacy 1 03-30 05:03
To tuslaw: thanksrubyfantacy 1 03-30 05:01
To drchoneydew: you too??!rubyfantacy 1 03-30 04:59
To shabsslg: undecided? no :)rubyfantacy 1 03-30 04:47
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Hi Ruby,

Evidently you were undecided - which pose depicted the mood or the plumage better. Settled with the middle way as most of us do [:)]. For viewers it's not very desirable - the eye strays from one to another [:(]. You may rather post repeat species in succession if you feel like.

I shall go for the left one for the ambience, lighting, pose & eye-contact. Nice bird.

I wish you best of luck in capturing nature in one of the best birding places in India (& probably in the whole world)!

Bon voyage & à bientôt,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-29 19:47]
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Hello Ruby,
I can see why you were so patient as well as excited about obtaining a shot of this gorgeous bird. You did a fine job even though lighting conditions were against you. I love it's bright blue head, black necklace and stripe at the base of it's bill. A very fitting photo to leave us with while you are away. Have a great time on your trip!!

OH what a lovely parting gift..just look at those matching claws to his head. God must have had such a delight creating these adorable creatures especially BLUE BIRDS(and my weakness too!!) SOOO excited about this capture and your NEXT adventure..wow! GOD SPEED to you

The species is beautiful, no doubt, image quality is not..I only wish you soon get better gear since you are not only interested in wildlife but also lucky enough to spot them..sometimes people with good equipment won't find beautiful subjects..better hurry up..

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2012-03-30 4:48]

Hi Ruby,

A nice shot of the pretty bird. Good lighting and colors. Havr a good trip and hope to see more pictures. TFS


Ruby ...right...analyzing the image is a good starting point. It is obvious that the light in this scene is not the ideal to bring the best of the detail and the colors of this beautiful little fellows. So in the proposed workshop I have tried to bring some balance. The birds became a bit brighter and the rest darker with less contrast. I took some yellows from the scene as well! I hope to see you smiling my friend...be happy!
George Veltchev

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