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Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe
Photo Information
Copyright: Eugene Fedorov (Islander_) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 194] (1687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Tamron SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF + TC 1.4x MF
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two), Tamron SP 300/2.8 LD IF [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 16:28
Viewed: 3481
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe, is a small passerine bird. This tyrant flycatcher breeds in eastern North America, although its normal range does not include the southeastern coastal USA.

It is migratory, wintering in the southernmost USA and Central America. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

The breeding habitat of this bird is open woodland, farmland and suburbs, often near water. This is one of the first birds to return in spring and one of the last to leave in the fall. It often nests on human structures such as bridges and buildings. The nest is an open cup with a mud base and lined with moss and grass, built in crevice in a rock or man-made site; 3-8 eggs are laid. Both parents feed the young and usually raise two broods per year.

This phoebe is insectivorous, and often perches conspicuously when seeking food items. It also eats fruits and berries in cooler weather. A perching bird will repetitively pump its tail and this is often a good way to identify the bird.

Eastern Wood PeweeThis species is gray-brown above. It has a white throat, dirty gray breast and yellowish underparts which become whiter during the season. Its lack of an eye ring and wingbars, and its all dark bill distinguish it from other American flycatchers, and it pumps its tail up and down like other phoebes. Compare the similar Eastern Wood Pewee, which has stronger wing-bars and does not bob its tail habitually.

The Eastern Phoebe's call is a sharp chip, and the song, from which it gets its name, is fee-bee.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-04 16:46]

Hola Eugene.
Great photo. Nice and sharp. I like the pose and BG. Your note is very interesting too.
I have a Say's Phoebe here. It is very similar to this one.

beautiful capture.nice colors and sharpness.great job!

Hello Eugene! Nice capture. TFS. Deniz

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-04 19:22]

Hello Eugene,
Beautiful Phoebe, Don't have much time today
so I'm just marking.. Well done


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-04 20:22]
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Bonjour Eugène, image très nette, belle composition et exposition réussie. Avec un fond plus homogène celà pourrait être parfait. Merci,


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-04 20:34]

Hi Eugene, very good sharp detail seen on this Eastern Phoebe i the plummage and that eye. I like how he's looking back over his shoulder into the vacant area in the frame.

Thanks, John

bonjour Eugene

très belle photographie avec un excellent profondeur de champs,
excellent POV et cadrage aussi, j'aime cette grande espace devant
où regarde l'oiseau, un beau background et excellente netteté
et détails du plumage, TFS


beautiful pic! TFS Ori

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-02-04 23:12]

Belle pose pour ce charmant oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-05 7:48]

Hello Eugene

This shot is fantastic. Very nice composition. wooooooooo.
sharpness, colours green and red on second position, perfect focus, and great details eye of the bird. Really like it.
Congratulations. Thank you for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-05 12:07]

Hello Eugene,
Excellent photo of this Phoebe. Composition and DOF are perfect. Very good sharp details and great colours. The pose of the bird with the head in the direction of the berries/flowers is magnificent.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-05 16:09]

Bonsoir Eugene, très belle prise de moucherolle, comme c'est beau. Les très belles couleurs de l'arrière plan ajoutent beaucoup de vie et la lumière sur l'oiseau est superbe. Belle maîtrise photographique, merci!


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-05 19:26]

Bonjour Eugène,

Une belle lumière du mois d'août, ça nous manque beaucoup ces temps-ci avec toutes ces journées nuageuses. J'aime bien la pose de l'oiseau qui nous présente son profil et un oeil avec un bel éclat. De beaux détails également dans le plumage. Bien fait!


Hi Eugene.
I like your choice of scene for shooting. The pictured scene is really amazing. Light-green leaves and bright red berries is изюминка :))) of the picture. Diagonal of the shot crated by twig is the second pearl. But key point is amazing bird with its charming turn of the head. BG is fantastic, clean and suitable for main subject greatly. Bravo. Perfect job.

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