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Fork-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 11:06
Viewed: 7026
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think and I hope this might be a Fork-tailed drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis).
It's captured in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

I remember Jan-Hendrik told us a lot about this extraordinary bird (in Kruger National Park).

Technically the focus is on the wing and less on the body. A smaller aperture would have been better.
Decided to post it anyway.

Hope you enjoy it and have a nice day!

From wikipedia...
The Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, also called the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo, is a drongo, a type of small passerine bird of the Old World tropics. The species was earlier considered to cover Asia, but the Asian species is now called the Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). They are members of the family Dicruridae.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is a common and widespread resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. Two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.
These are aggressive and fearless birds, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey if their nest or young are threatened.
The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It flycatches or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.
The call is a metallic strink-strink.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-16 11:20]

Hola Annick,
preciosa captura,
interesante momento y detalles,
presentación atractiva,

hello Annick
super foto scherpe opname
mooie compositie

en met mooie details
great shot
grietjes lou

Hi Annick,
No problem on the ID. It is the only Drongo in Namibia as far as I know. Though I can not see the belly, this would appear to be an immature heavily involved in moulting into adult plumage (v. the juxtacarpal primaries, and outermost secondaries). Also evident the very worn rectrical termini, as well as the growing-in primaries (you can see them advancing while growing distally along the rachides of the primaries)of those primaries not yet shed but with the typical tapering of the tips of worn feathers.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 11:51]

Hi Annick,
it is a sign of your skill that you think this might not be worth posting, but decided to anyway! I would be extremely happy to have caught this! Love the spiny plant behind and the plain cloudy background. DOF seems hardly worth mentioning...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-16 12:03]

Hallo Annick,
Op zich een mooie foto, maar een Vorkstaartdrongo zonder vorkstaart is even wennen. Dat geldt ook voor de compositie. Je bent gewend om de open ruimte voor de vogel te hebben i.p.v. er achter. Maar de drongo, de acacia en de lucht staan er schitterend op. Vooral de bijna doorzichtige vleugels zijn indrukwekkend.

great capture with a great camera ^^
interesting processing, and i really like that blue white BG

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-16 12:38]

Hello Annick,
Nice in-flight of the African Drongo: the sharpness is pretty good IMHO. Looks good as it flies by the acacia from a great POV.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-16 12:39]

Hi Annick. This one looks like a water colour painting .The bird looks 3D on my computer. Excellent detail in the open wings and long tail. With natural looking colours. I lik the White coloured sky with the blue at the top. A class 1 picture. very well done TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-16 13:08]

Hello Annick,
timing is great. Sharpness, details and colors are very beautiful. Congratulations.

Hello Annick
This is a great capture regardless of the PP involved.
I say there is a fair amount of PP used as the thorn entering the far primary exits at a noticeably lower point..All the same its a great inflight capture and as a fan of inflights I hope to more from you as great photographer.
All the Best

Hi Annick,

I have beeb trying to get a photo of one of these birds just sitting still and here you have one in flight with great composition and detail. The thorn tree branch adds to the image. Well done.
PS. My 2nd grandson was born this evening.


amazing composition Annick !
very beautiful capture with a bird in flyght ,
perfect sharp and nice details , wonderful colours ,
very well done !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-16 14:37]

Hi Annick

Another amazing shot from you, my friend!
I don't know about that focus - or where exactly it is - but i think that just for the fun of it you could have even cloned out the branch in the back and it would have still been a superb shot :)
Very good details and excellent timing, as well!
A very beautiful species - this Fork-tailed drongo - and nice to see a great photo of one again!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Annick,
The thing that immediately occurs to me when viewing this is that the Drongo would need to be just a bit careful whe landing on one of these spiny trees.
Those nasty spikes could ave someomes eye out!
A great capture,definitely worth posting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-16 14:58]

Hi Annick,

Een fraaie vogelvlucht,met mooie kleuren en compositie is goed alleen even wennen dat de vogel minder ruimte voor zich heeft,voor wat betreft de focus en dof is hier op mijn scherm niet veel aan te merken,


ciao Annick!
excellent posture in flight and fantastic
definition and chromatism...
compliments sERGIO

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-16 15:23]

Hi Annick,
an excellent shot of this Drongo.
Very good pose.
Superb DOF.

Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-16 16:29]

Hi Annick
Outstanding in flight capture.Nice composition and razor sharp image.The plumage detail is great.Nice BG to.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,
Beautiful shot, great timing/stop action with clear details.
We tend to get hung up as photographers on every technical aspect.
But this one has takes flight all on its own :)
Very well done,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-16 21:13]

Hello Annick,

This is a special photo. You have captured this bird, while flying, with excelent sharpness in a fine pose. Wings position is very good and light comming through the featers makes it look interesting. The photo has a very fine composition with that perch with thorns on the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-17 0:29]

Hello Annick
Excellent capture in action with great details, good light and natural colors.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-17 7:10]

Hi Annick,
Very nice in-flight shot.POV,timing,details on plumage,clear eyes and composition are wonderful.Like a postcard!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-17 7:35]

Hi Annick.
I welcome your decision to share this wonderful shot. Only it is a pity that you have not post EXIF-data. I like such details. I hope focus and DOF are OK considering the level of sharpness of few feathers of the right bird's wing and twig behind the bird. Pictured moment is stunning and details (especially colouration) reproduction of the bird are amazing. It is funny without bird scene is so attractive too. Nice tree, cute combination of the clouds and piece of blue sky create a wonderful basis for the final image. Bravo. Well done.

Olá Annick

Uma linda foto...linda composição.
Cores excelentes, amei este trabalho.
Grande abraço,

hello Annick

WOW ! what a superb in-flight photography of this African bird,
fine POV, i love his flight pose with the pose of the wings
and the beak open, superb luminosity, great sharpness
and details of the bird on his flight, TFS


Ciao Annick, splendid composition with fantastic flying bird, perfect focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, great light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-02-18 17:03]

Hello Annick.
Wow ... it's like a postcard.
Very beautiful capture.


Hi Annick !
Avery good composition of this Fork-tailed Drongo, excellent capture of this bird in flyght ,
Buen trabajo!! Best regards and TFS. Ferran

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-20 15:22]

Merhaba Annick,
Tam uçarken çekilmiş bir harika kuş karesi. Kuşun türünü bilmiyorum ama açıklamaların ve harika sunumunla tanımış oldum. Paylaşımın için çok teşekkürler. Hoşçakal.


Hello Annick,
great in flight shot, superb sharpness, depth of field, details and clarity, lovely colors and nice contrast, I lovbe the red eye.
well done

Hi Annick,
outstanding! Phantastic image - a perfect capture in flight that looks, so very crisp and clear in all details, so well composed as if arranged as an illustrator's precious artwork. Great work. Thank you!
With best regards,

timing is great. Sharpness, details and colors are very beautiful. Congratulations.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-02 15:31]

Fantastic capture Annick, outstanding composition!!
Excellent in flight image with perfect exposure and beautiful stop action detail.
Love the way the light shines through the primary feathers!!
Well done!!!

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2009-03-02 22:28]

Very creative, Annick. Looks like a very fast shutter and a flash fill to boot. Altogether it made for great lighting and details. I'm strangely drawn to the blue/white bg, though. With regard to presentation, I would have cropped a bit from the right, but that's just taste. Amazing work.

Hi Annick,
Professionally done. For me it seems like a drawing from an ornitologicaql book. Unique and very effective work. Bravo.
Best regards, László

Hello Annick,
Excellent capture. Even though you say the focus is on the wings and not on the body, i don't think it has affected the image. The bird, the bush and the sky makes it a very beautiful picture.
TFS & Regards,

Hello Annick
great shot on a beautiful flying Drongo with fine details and colors.
Very perfect moment for this capture.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-03-20 15:28]

Hi Annick
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

great timing and great capture for this beautiful drongo in flight. you greatly presented it. thanks for sharing, Annick.
have a nice weekend

Hi Annick. I like how interesting this is with the bird overlapping branches. That environment is nice to see. It's a perfect shot and what I especially like is the cloud is included. Well shot with a good eye. TFS Trevor

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