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Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 8:38
Viewed: 6006
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Kiskadee captured in Belize summer 2006.

The Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus, is a passerine bird. It is a large tyrant flycatcher; sometimes its genus Pitangus is considered monotypic as the Lesser Kiskadee may be sparated in Philohydor.

It breeds in open woodland with some tall trees, including cultivation and around human habitation, from southern Texas and Mexico south to central Argentina, and on Trinidad. It was introduced to Bermuda in 1957, and to Tobago in about 1970.

Adult Great Kiskadees are 22 cm (8.7 in) long and weigh 63 g (2.2 oz). The head is black with a strong white eyestripe and a concealed yellow crown stripe. The upperparts are brown, and the wings and tail are brown with usually strong rufous fringes.

The black bill is short and thick. The similar Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua) has a massive black bill, an olive-brown back and very little rufous in the tail and wings. A few other tyrant flycatchers - some not very closely related - share a similar color pattern, but these species are markedly smaller...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-06 8:39]

Hi Ralf

Superb sharpness here. The pose is excellent as is the OFF BG.



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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-06 8:51]

hi ralf,
a beautiful bird picture you have capturd.very fine details and a lovely compo..interesting colours too,

Well done, Ralf.
Well exposed bird. Its great colours are displayed very well.
Is Belize a good place for birders?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-06 9:12]

Hej Ralf,
I remember this bird well from Trinidad. I like it here in a diagonal pose on the green branch. Excellent focus, great sharpness and lovely colours. Beautiful light too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-06 9:19]

Hello Ralf
Excellent shot,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-06 9:28]

Hej Ralf,
Great shot of a Great Kiskadee showing all the features with excellent sharpness and lighting. Fine composition against a natural leafy BG.
Thanks for sharing this image that awakes memories for Ulla and me,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-06 9:48]

Hello Ralf,
The pose of this little bird is excellent, great on the colours and sharpness and very detailed, also the drops on the leave give it just a little bit more.


Great job with this Kiskadee,
I was hoping for one of these on my bird trip in Dec. of 07' but this one I did not see,
Thanks for sharing a beautful image of this great little bird,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-06 17:52]

Hello Ralf,
Beautiful species well displayed by your great camera work. The colors and details are very good, thank you for sharing, Ralf.

A lovely shot of this animal. The textures are excellent with sharp focus and details. Like how he is sittng on the green. Well done
Best wishes,

Hi Ralf,
So you've been hiding this beauty in your archives for quite some time I see :)
Great looking bird, nice & sharp.
Well done!

Hi Ralf
Nice shot
Fine detail
Lovely color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-07 6:46]

Hello Ralf, that's a real fine shot of that beautiful bird. The composition is very well done, the sharpness is great and the exposure is spot on. Thanks!


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-02-07 7:20]

Mmm, this is a remarkable good photo! Fantastic colours and details and I just love the pose. The eye is so beautiful!

Best regards/Bengt

Hi Ralf,
rubbing the sleep out of my eyes - so I will comment to bookmark and do it tomorrow. In any case, the very weak bill precludes it being a Great Kiskadee. Probably something from Myiozetetes - will check which range tomorrow.

EDIT: Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis).

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-07 8:20]

Hi Ralf,

A beautiful picture of a beautiful bird - one I have not seen before. The colors are wonderful. Excellent details of the face, wings and plummage. A beautiful composition in a superb setting.


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-02-07 8:20]

Hi Ralf
Really nice presentation!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-07 14:09]

Hi Ralf
Nice presentation.Good POV and excellent light .Nice pose anf great catch light in the.eye.As usual very sharp image with great details.
TFS Michel

Hi Ralf,
Wonderful captured of this Great Kiskadee. Sharp focus and well illuminated picture. POV and composition are great. Very nice natural color. TFS,

hello Ralf

superb shot with the excellent luminosity of your image,
excellent sharpness and details, i love the POV of your image,
the bird is framed on the image in a excellent way, TFS


Hi Ralf,
a precious bird, wonderful colors.
Salut. Ferran

Your DOF is perfect here, showing the leaves in the FG but the BG is well blured. Perfect sharpness, and a nice catchlight in his eye. Well done.

Hi Ralf, splendid bird with wonderful colors, great details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ralf... I like it.. superb photo, superb vivid colour, superb shot.. thanks for sharing..

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