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Bluethroat Flycatcher

Bluethroat Flycatcher
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 7:25
Viewed: 3326
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, today was my first day after months that I went out for a shoot along the river Yamuna and in the Okhla Bird Park located there. It was a dull and grey looking day and I was unable to take any pictures there except for a solitary Cattle Egret.
It was when I came back to my son's residential complex that I found this migratory bird in the complex garden. It was a new subject for me, so I took quite a few pictures of it.

The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.
It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and India.

The Bluethroat is similar in size to the European Robin at 13-14 cm. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium. The male has a blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust coloured borders. Some races, such as L. svecica svecica (Red-spotted Bluethroat) of northern Eurasia, have a red spot in the centre of the blue bib.

Others, such as L. svecica cyanecula (White-spotted Bluethroat) of southern and central Europe, have a white spot in the centre of the blue bib. L. svecica magna in Turkey has no central spot.

Females of all races usually have just a blackish crescent on an otherwise cream throat and breast. Newly fledged juveniles are freckled and spotted dark brown above.

Despite the distinctive appearance of the males, recent genetic studies show only limited variation between the forms, and confirm that this is a single species.

The male has a loud, varied, and sometimes imitative song reminiscent of its relative, the Nightingale. Its call is a typical chat “chack” noise.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-10 7:29]

Looks like we both have a had a good day Ram.
A fine capture of the Bluethroat taken from a fine low lateral POV against a nice grassy BG. A fine shot my friend!
Thanks and kind regards from a wintery Sweden,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-10 7:29]

Hi Ram. The last three posting have been fine picture ofbirds and your is one of them. You have taken a fine low pov of the Bluethroat Flycatcher. Taken with fine detail in the feathers with natural colours. Its blue shows up so well. TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-10 7:55]

Hi Ram,
Very nice capture of this bluethroat.It's seen in a short period also in East Turkey,but i'd never seen it with nacked eyes.I liked POV,3D effect and eye contact a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-10 8:33]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo of this Bluethroat. Excellent low POV, sharpness and natural colours. Good composition and DOF.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-10 8:51]

Hello Ram
Thanks for sharing this beauty that is not very common in my country.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-10 9:03]

Hi Ram

This is a lovely capture of the cute little Bluethroat. I fancy the near eye level POV.
Were you bending, standing on one knee, or did you slither around on the grass
old man (chuckle)? Please note; respectfully and affectionately "old man". The grass
created a good BG to compliment the tiny bird. The details are nice and clear and the
colours are natural.

Well done and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-10 9:12]

Hello Ram.
Beautiful shot of this tiny bluethroat.
Excellent composition, sharpness and plumage details.Great POV, DOF, exposure and OOF.Best regards Siggi

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-10 9:17]

Happy New Year, Ram!
What a pretty bird. I have never seen that species before.
That blue throat is really amazing.
Great POV and a good view of this interesting bird against the clean grass BG.
TFS. ; )

Hello Ram,
Very good capture, with adequate light and details of the plumage of the bird. The composition is good and it should be noted the exposure setting to achieve a balanced lawn and very useful note.

nice fluffy bird, TFS Ori

Hi Ram.
Brilliant picture with nice pose...Details and Notes are great...Looks pretty too...TFS.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-10 13:43]

Slav Ram,
Very good capture of this lovely bird from good POV with fine details and nice colors.TFS.

Hello Ram!
Great picture of this small but beauty species. I think it is first time I can see it. I like its colouration a lot, blue colours are not too often among birds.
Also note is informative.
Greetings from winter Lodz,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-10 15:17]

Hi Ram,

This Bluethroat is a first for me too - I have never seen one before. I am green with envy because there hasn't been one interesting thing here for weeks. Only the old standbys. A beautiful little bird with that wonderful blue throat - and such a pretty blue. A lovely pose on the grass looking very much like a Robin.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-10 22:22]

Hi Ram

It always the way with wildlife isn't it?!

Great pov with excellent pose and detail.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-01-10 22:52]

Hello Sir,
Seems like birds have started coming in serch of you.:)
Lovely picture of the Blue throat taking with good sharpness, details and colurs. The green in the meadow gives a good contrast to the bird.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Ram
Nice capture with good POV,the bird is coming out nicely from a nice green BG
Well done

Hi Ram,

Bsck for a vist and post thanks to Loot. Looking through the gallery to see who is still active that I knew. Very good shot on this cute little fellow. Well composed and framed. Nice sharp detail in the plumage. Love that Blue throat patch. Well Done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-12 8:07]

Hello Ram,
How amazing to find a lovely Bluethroat in a built-up area! Here in the south of Sweden it is seen once in a while on its migration up north but it seems very shy. I'd love to see it! You managed to get a really fine capture showing its lovely bib and beautiful colours.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-13 4:38]

Hello Ram,
The Bluethroats are reminding me of our Robins in their attitude and in size (after your note). I never have seen this species and would be delighted to see one. I like this picture for its natural colors and the cute attitude of the bird. Happy to notice that you are posting more often now!
Herzliche Grüsse

Hello Ram
This Bluethroat Flycatcher is a very nice bird, and you have taken from a nice POV and in a beautiful environment, superb details on the whole bird
lovely colors
Have a good night

Hello Ram.
Beautiful shot of this little one & I am back again.


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