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Bluethroated Flycatcher

Bluethroated Flycatcher
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AFSF4 Nikkor +TC14 E
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 21:55
Viewed: 4220
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 67
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
Here is a picture Bluethroated Flycatcher, Cyornis rubeculoids, a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae.The bird is dull ultramarine blue above, brighter on the forehead and supercilium,below throat dark blue, breast orange and belly and under tail coverts tinged with buff.
It's habitat is forests with plenty of undergrowth.It keeps to undergrowths and frequently drops to the ground.
Feeds mainly on insects and grubs.
Breeds in Himalayas or North India during April to August ,and spends the winters in the hills of South India, Eastern and Western Ghats.
This picture was taken at Bhoothathankettu , a place near Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. There was a small , almost dried up stream where I found lots of birds coming to drink water.The light was very bad so I had to use fill in flash.
Thanks for stopping by,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-12 22:39]

Hello Smitha,
well composed picture with good POV.
Nice colours and fine lighting.TFS

Hi Smitha.
What a stunning looking bird this blue-throated flycatcher, amazing colours and well saturated, excellent POV, well composed and framed, nice capture, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Smitha,
Great capture with larger than life colour. The blue and gold colour complements each other well.

Hello Smitha,

You caught a lovely pose here!
The light is reflecting nicely in the eye to create impression of alertness, backed up by the position of the feet, ready to go! Lovely colours and composition!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-13 3:20]

Smitha, Wow What a shot. I just cant find something like this in delhi. Amazing color and view. The clarity is perfect.Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-13 3:32]
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Hello Smitha,
very well composed shot of this beautiful little bird!
Great DOF and BG.
Lovely colours and great flash-work.
Slightly un-sharp but otherwise the image is perfect!
Well done,


p.s did you get my email :-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-13 4:11]

Hello Smitha, what a a great capture! A beautiful bird in a great composition and pose. Very sharp and a perfect exposure. WEll done, thanks!


Hi Smitha,
What a beautifully coloured bird which I have not seen before. Your capture is excelent with nice soft details, good exposing and framing. TFS.


Hi Smitha
Superbes prise de vue. Les couleurs sont magnifiques. Très grande netteté. Excellents commentaires.
Félicitations et merci...JP

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-13 7:10]

Hello Smitha
Nice capture.Good POV and sharp image.Details and colors are very good.
TFS Michel

Belissimo passaro muito bem fotografado e de nitides exelente,meus parabéns.

Hi Smitha
Very nice capture with beautiful color
Good sharpness and detail,under the conditions
Great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hi Smitha,
The picture looks shake. and i feel it is Tickel's blue flycatcher. Bg is too disturbing.

Hello Smitha excellent colour and great pov, you took a very difficult shot at 1/60sec with this focal length, good results tfs rgds Necip.


Wow! What a colorful bird! It makes me crave for coming to Boothathankettu. I am amazed at how you were able to hold the camera steady at 1/60 seconds while shooting with 300mm tele. Even though the shake shows a bit, it has not lessened the beauty of the picture. Kudos!

- Murali Santhanam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-13 13:51]

Hello Smitha,
Very beautiful photo of this Flycatcher in great clear colours and in very good sharpness. Fantastic composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-13 13:58]

Hi Smitha. what a bright little bird you have for us.It lookslike our Robing with a blue coat on. Your use of the light has made a warm glow. fine detail and a nice POV. well done TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-14 1:19]

Hi Smitha.
We nave not these beauties in our places. You are luckier. Excellent image of the wonderful bird. Colourful BG is so suitable for this model. Perfect use fill flash, DOF is precise as well as the composition. Well done and kind regards.

What an amazing capture, Smitha!
Excellent POV, precise focus, stunningly beautiful colours and that fascinating catchlight in the bird's eye.
The BG is just perfect.
This going to be my favourite.
TFS and regards.

HI Smitha,
Perfect Exopsure and POV. Very nice colors and she's got blue in her eyes as well :) Great OOF BG.


Hallo Smitha
What a colourful display I see on my screen. A very eye-catching bird with clearly visible and details. You managed to capture this beauty in a lovely pose here. I just love the blue-ish reflection in the eye. Great focus, sharpness and composition. A very delightful image.
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-18 14:26]

Hello Smitha,
Very colorful species captured with wonderful detail in a superb composition. Thank you for sharing this excellent image Smitha.

Hi Smitha,

Colourfull delight from nature..


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-19 16:54]

Hi Smitha
very nice colors and composition
well done.

Sorry I missed this one.I'm not bothered about the noise in the background since I can't spot it. In fact, I find the details very clear and the image perfectly sharp insofar as the subject is concerned, which also happens to be very cute.But what I love the most is the 'glint' you've caught in the eye of this cute subject.
Very well done, Smitha.

Dear Smitha
Excellent shot of this Bluethroated Flycatcher,
Perfect focusing,colors and POV,Welldone my friend.


Hi great shot
nice colours good contrast and nice pov
maybe the sharpness could be better but
nice hsot

hello Smitha

very beautiful shot of this lovely bird, with fine POV and framing,
very excellent DOF, excellent luminosity of the image,
excellent contrast, and great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-10 2:36]

Hello Smitha,
I seem to have missed your latest images!
This is a fine capture of a male Blue-throated Flycatcher and considering the poor light the sharpness is pretty good so that we can enjoy the splendour of this spectacular birdset in a great POV and pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-10 10:08]

Hello Smitha,
Wow, what a fabulous bird very well caught. Excellent sharp details and the flash really brought out the bright colours very nicely. Fine background too matching its lovely chest!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-20 2:52]
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Hi Smitha

If ever I had an aviary in my backyard (not that I necessarily endorse or support the idea of keeping birds in cages, but just hypothetically) I'd surely would love to have some of these beauties in attendance. Isn't it just an amazing little bird?

I appreciate the fact that you have done justice to the beauty of this dainty passerine. There is a softness (not reflecting to the focus, but of the mood) to the image yet the vibrant colours bring out the evident fairness in its physical appearance. You are really working hard in covering the roads less travelled to find all these amazing subjects to show to us and it does not go unnoticed. I like this composition as you gave ample space for the bird to gaze into or move in to. The details are nice and sufficiently sharp and I just love the interesting tri-spot highlights in the eye.

Well done and TFS.

PS. Thanks for the e-mail congratulating Anna and me on our anniversary. I really appreciated your thoughtfulness and friendship.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-06 9:09]

Hi Smitha,
Outstanding shot of this cute little bird with such glorious colours and sharpness on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and I like the interesting glint on its eye. Nice pose captured with a precise DOF and a well chosen POV. Very skillful work. Very nice composition too. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-07 5:38]

Hi Smitha,
Nice capture of this beautiful bird. Well composed with a good POV. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Smitha. Superb sharp of this colorful bird. I like the perch and isolation you have carried out in this presentation. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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