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Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-15 6:28
Viewed: 4734
Points: 4
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Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher
(Terpsiphone mutata)

I shot this bird in the dense rainforest of Ranomafana National Park.
A very difficult shot because the gap of exposure between sunny and shadows areas was really open (4 steps). I take some bracket shots and this one seems to be the best.
I used Velvia 50 film, the best film ever produced for nature photographie and then I scanned it.

Here's more info sourced from the web about this amazing bird:

Perhaps it is the gaudiest bird in the forest, endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros, which may be seen nesting in Oct and Nov. There are two main colorations for the male (with several grades between), in one (the white morph) the chest and belly are white while the back and most of the tail are black, the two long tail feathers are white, in the other (the rufous morph) the chest, belly, back and most of the tail are red (usually the two long feathers are white, but sometimes they are red). In both the head is black with an ultramarine ring around each eye, the wings are black with a white bar. The the long tail feathers may be three times as long as the rest of the tale. The female is almost entirely red with a black cap and no eyering. Immature males look similar to the females (but have an eye-ring). Males may breed before achieving adult coloration. Both sexes help build the nest and both incubate the eggs. Both sexes may cheat on their partners.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-03-20 16:55]

Hi Andrea,
what a lovely little bird, great capture with very vivid colours, your blessed to have the 70-200 2.8 ;)
Next on my list is the 80-200 2.8 VR + 1.4 TC
Very good post... much appreciated,
Cheers TFS,

psst. thnx for your post on Mr.Sparrow, I was starting to feel bad for poor lil him.. thanx :D
Vishal Sabharwal

Simpatico uccellino.

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