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Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 6:31
Viewed: 4377
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Drongo and not Drango as pointed out!

Back to publish my recent picture of Drongo, the versatile and bold bird. It was an interesting site when I visited the Hesarghatta lake on Sunday. Considerable part of the Hesarghatta Lake bed is made of grass lands with small shrubs. Wherever I turned, I saw a Drongo perched on the shrub. They kept us company throughout the day. Hence we could not resist ourselves from taking a few pictures of Drongos.

All the Drongos were busy watching the ground for movement of insects. It would then make a wavy flight to the place, pick the unfortunate insect in the beak, come back to the perch it left and toss it into the mouth in one gulp.

The Drongos are bold birds. You can get to within 6 feet of the bird and take pictures. This was no exception. I liked this diagonal perch and the beautiful light on the Drongo. The background you see is the grass lands of Hesarghatta.

Trust you like this.

Murali Santhanam

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To cuckooroller: Drongosmurali 1 12-09 06:39
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Beautiful picture, Murali.
The bright light has highlighted the bird's features very well.
I am charmed by that sharp eye.

Hi Murali,
Spelled "Drongo", by the way.

If you are wondering which Drongo - this one is pretty easy because of the presence of the "rictal macula" (i.e., that little white spot on the mandibular commissure). It means that it is a Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). The mottling ventrally, means that this is an immature Black Drongo.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-09 6:40]

Hi Murali,
Very simple yet very beautiful image, very good impact because of creative composition, good use of light and pose of the bird. wonderful image. Good many details and pleasant colors including the background.
It would have been great had the tail part was not hidden behind the twig, well that's how the nature photography works. Its not a draw back at all, still the image perfect. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-09 8:20]

Hello Murali,
Very beautiful photo of this Black Drongo. It's a pity that you can't fully see the beautiful tail of this bird. But the photo is sharp in great contrasting colours against the OOF BG. Very nice pose and an excellent composition.

beautiful picture with all perfection.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-10 4:16]

Murali, Wow what a catch. Not an easy shot. The color of the bird and the eye focus is perfect and superb lighting. Well done Sir. Ganesh

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-10 22:10]

first time when i see this species.

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