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Madagascar paradise Flycatcher

Madagascar paradise Flycatcher
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Copyright: Paul Cornish (cornishpaul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 23] (122)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-24
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 11:22
Viewed: 5193
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nocturnal shot of roosting male. Was able to get within a few feet of this beautiful bird. During the day they are very difficult to photograph due to erratic flight patterns.
The Flycatcher is endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros and 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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Very good and sharp capture. And the bird is a born model. Good details and bright colours. Great Depth of focus,
thanks for sharing.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-04 11:47]

Hello Paul,
This flash shot is great with fine detail and beautiful colour. Madagascar must be fantastic for endemics of all types, let alone birds.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Beautiful shot!! You must have had a lot of light to have an fstop of 9 and 1/125 exposure and it was a night shot?? Interesting ..
Lovely bird and like the POV.

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