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Dendrocitta vagabunda

Dendrocitta vagabunda
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-03 12:35
Viewed: 1145
Points: 12
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It is a strange coincidence that a year earlier I took a shot of a visiting Indian or Rufous Treepie(Dendrocitta vagabunda) to my Government Degree College No.1, Dera Ismail Khan a day later than this fresh one which has obviously been taken a day earlier. This one is perched on top of an electric pole inside the college.I heard it talking from afar and luckily found it sitting in the open. One thing that went against all this was the late afternoon fading light which was barely filtering through the elongated leaves of the eucalyptus trees.My cheap camera is a failure in poor light and I had to adjust a lot of things to make this shot presentable and I do hope it is now. The bird's plumage is not in perfect condition and it seems obvious that it is moulting and preparing for the winter ahead.These birds are so difficult to photograph besides other things due to their long tails.So these are the little challenges of life.But one feels really happy and relaxed to get even an acceptable shot of this beautiful species of birds in our region.Its varied calls are wonderful, a pleasure to listen to.One moment they are with us and the next moment they are gone....these birds....what is left are these photos and memories.What else can I say.

The rufous treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is a treepie, native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining parts of Southeast Asia. It is a member of the Corvidae (crow) family. It is long tailed and has loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. It is found commonly in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. Like other corvids it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding.(Wikipedia)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-03 12:57]

Hi Syed,an excellent capture of this specie not often seen on TN,a difficult location and light but a very good result,interesting bird,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Syed, great capture of beautiful bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Syed,
quite a good shot in regard of the difficult backlight conditions.
have a nice sunday

hallo Syed
nice picture of this great bird
good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2015-10-04 8:34]

Ya Hussain, my suggestion for this is vertical, excellence.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-04 10:53]

Hello Abid,
Your camera did a fine job as we can clearly see and the molting feather issue is just a natural event in the lives of all birds. I'm glad you were able to get your settings changed in time to capture this attractive Indian Treepie. Appears to be a rather large bird, I'm guessing a tad bit smaller then our American Crow.
I like the contrasting black, white and rufous coloring in it's plumage as well as the long beautifully marked tail feathers. We can't choose what they decide to perch on, so in this case you had to be content with a light fixture:)

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