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Small Minivet- Male

Small Minivet- Male
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon 801 S, Fuji Provia 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 12:04
Viewed: 4103
Points: 16
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Small Minivet

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Campephagidae

Genus: Pericrocotus

Species: P. cinnamomeus

The Small Minivet is 16cm long with a strong dark beak and long wings. The male differs from most other common minivets by having grey, not glossy black, upperparts and head, and orange underparts, fading to yellow on the belly, orange tail edges, rump and wing patches.The female is grey above, with yellow underparts (including the face), tail edges, rump and wing patches. The Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) is a small passerine bird. This minivet is found in tropical southern Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to Indonesia.
Source: wikipidia

This Bird was sitting on this perch every time it visits its young ones in a nearby tree. I set a Matchan ( It was 22ft. high in the Thorny tree.) and through my blind I took this picture. This was natural perch and the lighting was good in the morning and gave a good back-lighting effect. The BG was Green tree some distance away. Both the parents were feeding the chics, But male is more colorful. I used Nikon S-801, with Tokina ATX -100-300mmf-4 lens on a tripod. I used Vivitar 285 flash for fill in. Manual Exposure.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-06 13:01]

Hi Satish!

Splendid composiition. I like the diagonal made by the branch and the bird is well located on the strengh line on the right (rule of thirds). Backlighting creates a beautifull rimlight against the dark BG.

Great picture and TFS.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-06 13:28]

Hi Satish !
Nice photo ! I love the composition, with this diagonal branch, it works very well. The colors on the bird's breast are wonderful, so warm, so intense. Good BG, too.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-06 14:29]

hello satish,
what a beautiful bird! :-)
excellent composition & pov,
the colors really show against the dark bg.
great details - with the beak full of food.
superb job, thor.

hi Satish! perfect composition and lighting, and such an interesting subject too. Perhaps it could've benefited from more sharpness, but I guess given the conditions in which the photo is taken that would've been impossible. All in all, a great picture, TFS!


Good pose from the bird. Well captured. Good DOF. TFS


Colours work well against the dark background Backlight works well
Could be a top shot if it was a little sharper

Bonjour Satish
Belle composition que tu as faites sur ce bel oiseau. Les couleurs et les détails sont réussis. J'aime bien la branche en diagonale ainsi que le BG.
Bravo et merci....JP


Superb Composition and lighting, but the picture looks a bit soft.

Goutham R

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-10 20:48]

Bonjour Satish. C'est une très belle image. La composition est très bonne et la lumière très belle. Le fond sombre met bien l'oiseau en évidence. Bravo pour cette belle photo.

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