|Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate)
|Date Taken: 2013-01-15|
|Camera: Canon 7D, 100-400L is|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-22 8:55|
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|A Seychelles Magpie-Robin looking for insects after a passage of a Giant Turtle|
The Seychelles Magpie-Robin (Copsychus sechellarum) is a medium-sized endangered bird from the granitic Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
This species of magpie robin is approximately 25 cm in length. It has a glossy coal-black plumage with a white-colored bar on each wings. It is considered a long-lived species whose lifespan is over 15 years of age. Its habitat is woodlands, plantations and the vicinity of gardens. Their range on the island of Fregate was limited by the area of open ground with leaf litter.
Historically it is believed to have existed on most of the granitic Seychelles islands. Destruction of habitat and introduced predators (domestic cats and rats) greatly reduced its numbers. By 1970, it was on the brink of extinction with only 16 individuals remaining, all on Frégate Island. Over the next two decades it had managed to stave off extinction, but its population in 1990 was still only 21 individuals. In 1990 BirdLife International began preservation efforts to save the magpie robin. Birds were transferred to Cousin in 1994 and to Cousine in 1995. Further transfers followed to Aride Island in 2002 and Denis Island in 2008.
Today there are established populations of magpie robins on all five islands. As of 2012, the total population was 244-248 birds (Frégate- 115), (Cousin- 38), (Cousine- 31), (Aride- 24), (Denis- 36-40) and the IUCN has downlisted its status from Critically Endangered to Endangered.
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What lucky you are to catch such a beauty, from close distance. Amazing details, perfect WB and exceptional focus. This bird has a wonderful plumage. The details of the plumage are outstanding. Indeed, this bird looks like a European Magpie.
Have a nice weekend!
interesting neighbours. But I prefer the bird :)
Nice point of view. Amazing natural colours.
Have a nice weekend,
- [2013-02-22 11:18]
A very fine capture of this Seychelles endemic, the Seychelles Magpie Robin. Top sharpness and natural colours. The skink that attracts the bird's attention is a bonus!
Thanks and have a good weekend,
A nice looking bird, good detail (I note that it is wearing rings on its left leg) and the bonus of the skink. A well spotted catch. TFS have a nice weekend, regards Bill.