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Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe
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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: 2007-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 2:27
Viewed: 2960
Points: 38
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Captured with my new lens on my last trip to USA.
5D @ 400mm F/2.8, handheld ISO-250 1/250s.
This lens is really big and weight 6KG plus camera with battery grep... I didn't bring with me my tripod and only way to test this lens was to walk a round and handheld :)
It was like 10 min shutting 10min resting :) I am really pleased with quality of this lens. This shot was made in low light without flash. I hope you like it...

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.

Source: wikipedia

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-27 2:40]

Hello Ralf,
Great shot;sharpness,details and blur BG is excellent.Well done.TFS

good details from this little bird,

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-04-27 3:57]

Hi Ralf
Nice shot with great details.

Hello Ralf , very sharp , detailed , good comp. photo , TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-27 4:23]

Hi Ralf,
a sharp shot with a decent POV and DOF.
TFS Joey

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-27 4:24]
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Hi Ralf,
it's great to have a new lens in your hand and start taking pictures. I recently bought the 500/4.0 and evensince I love this lens. Yours is also a fine piece of equipment and worth every cent. I guess you've visited B&H in NY?
This image shows what you can do in dim light condition with this lens. The weight...I know I'll give you my own experience: push the ISO to 400 or even higher in condition like these. I'll give you a slight better shutter speed. With the right post processing you won't notice the difference.
Regards, JAcob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-27 4:40]

Hej Ralf,
Your new lens is obviously terrific and you must have very steady hands!! You've caught this little bird in a nice pose against the pleasing soft background. Perfect!
TFS and see you Sunday! Ulla

La composition de cette photo est assez impressionnante, ça lui donne un aspect feutré. bravo

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-04-27 4:44]

I really like this photo. The resolution and sharpness is just amazing. This must be a perfect lens for birdphotograhy (if you have the strength for it, like you seem to have)

Apart from the technical side, this is just a lovely bird and a very nice composition! Good job, Ralf!

However I feel it is a pity that TN only allows 800 pixels and 200 kB as this photo have so much deatil that it would have been even better at 1000 pix and 300 kB for example.

Regards from Dombe, France!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-27 8:25]

Hello Ralf,
Nice soft lighting, sharp focus and great exposure result in a beautiful image.

Hello Ralf
Wonderful shot of this Eastern Phoebe,
Perfect sharpness and lighting,
Excellent BG and colors,Superb shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-27 11:27]

Hi Ralf,

Beautiful capture of the Phoebe. Magnificent colors, wonderful details, lovely pose and setting.


Hi Ralf,
Nice shot. Very nice sharpness and details.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-27 15:25]

Hello Ralf,
Nice capture of an Eastern Phoebe, sharp with excellent Bg set in a fine comp. Great lens you have and you hand-held it!

Har varit på Håslövs Ängar imorse: inte mycket fågel men en och en annan rödspov. Hoppas det kommer att finnas motiv till din nya lins!
Vi ses!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-27 20:16]

Hi Ralf.- What a greate photo. So sharp and clear. This litte guy is just beatiful. Nice lens you got, I know it is going to be useful for you, so you have to be in good conditions to carry it. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-27 22:58]

Hello Ralf

A super shot of this Eastern Phoebe.Excellent DOF adn POV.The details are sharp and the focus is spot on.The overall shot is dark,but not too dark,it creates a lovely atmosphere.The OOF BG is very well done.Nicely composed TFS


I love this bird, it is amazing to just sit and watch them swoop down on flying insects. Nice detail and exposure, well taken.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-29 5:17]

Hi Ralf,
This is a very nice looking little bird I have nemer seen before. You new lens works very good. Very good sharpness and details. Good blurred bg and very good colours.
tfs Paula

Hi Ralf

A great potrait of the Phoebe - its shaaarp and its really nice to see the fine details on the feather. The darker hue adds to the appeal of the picture.


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