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Copyright: sukumaran narayanan (drsukumaran) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 15] (53)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor 80-400mmD ED AF VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 19:51
Viewed: 3924
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black Drongo is a slim and agile glossy black bird with long deeply forked tail.It's a familiar bird of open country usually perched on telegraph wires. From exposed look outs it keeps vigilant watch for insects like grasshoppers.These are pounced upon and carried off, held under foot, torn to pieces and swallowed. This bird is considered as highly beneficial to agriculture by the vast quantities of harmful insects it destroys.
Shot yesterday at Kodanad, with camera D80, Lens 80-400 D ED AF VR,handheld.
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-21 23:31]

Hi sukumaran,

A nice capture,with good focus and exposure,the details in the dark bird are good visible,well composed against a nice green OOF BG,well done and tfs


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-10-22 0:10]

Great photo of this Drongo. The typical tail shows very well here. Beautiful BG and a great pose. I hope to see one of these some day.

Best regards/Bengt

Hi Dr. Sukumaran

This is one of the bird species from your area that also lives in South Africa. I see one of these regularly in my garden or when I visit my local game park, but strangely enough I never had the opportunity to capture one. You did a great job to capture this one though.

Your composition is fine with the bird perched almost on the 2/3 vertical axis. The cropping left enough free space in front of the bird to stare into maybe there was an insect that drew its attention or maybe it was actually giving you a proper screening. I feel that perhaps you could have cropped a bit off the bottom to remove the 'dead' area. Although the colour, sharpness, exposure, BG, and contrast are fine I actually believe the photo could endure a slight bump in post processing and for that I have tried a workshop. I sincerely hope you don't mind my experiment.

Anyway, good effort and TFS.

PS. Just as a suggestion, but I really recommend (if you don't know how to do it) that you ask Smitha or Anil to show you how to save and upload your file as close as possible to the allowed 200kB. With the exif data this file is only 50kB and once saved to my hard drive was only 33kB. This seriously impacts on the quality of the photo.

Dear Dr,

Fine details, and a superb vertical shot.
As i always admire....


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