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Mardi Gras!
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/4096 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-20 9:30
Viewed: 3656
Points: 16
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Hello all,

Birds as humans like to have fun. At Frisco (suburb of Dallas, Texas, USA) in May 2009, I was invited to an animal mask ball. This bird with this mask was so visible amongst the other guests. But he was easy to recognize even with this great mask, with its so long tail, looking like a scissor You should have seen the costume of the Northern Mockinbirds: true clowns!!!

Have you recognized the nice Scissor-tailed flycatcher?

Cool Facts

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher forms large premigratory roosts in late summer, with up to 1,000 birds in one flock. They often roost near towns, perhaps taking advantage of the large trees as roosting sites.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher uses many human products in its nest, such as string, cloth, paper, carpet fuzz, and cigarette filters. One study of nests in an urban area in Texas found that artificial materials accounted for 30% of the weight of nests.

Inclement weather can be an important factor in causing nest failure of open country birds. High winds and thunderstorms can destroy large numbers of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nests in some years, accounting for nearly half of all nest failures.

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Bonjour Michel,
de très belles couleurs et une foto prise juste au bon moment. La foto me plait beaucoup sans même pouvoir définir pour quelle raison spécialement!

Hi mF Michel,

Nice to see you again MF:) This is absolutely a powerful predation capture of this beauty with impressive details!
The colors are perfectly shown and very natural. I like the great contrast between the colors of the poor butterfly and the blurry BG. The sharpness is great and the POV is also superb. The DOF is praiseworthy.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Michel,
A super shot of this beautiful bird chowing down on what appears to be a type of Sulfur butterfly. Exceptional detail and gorgeous colors. Great exposure and very informative notes. Well done!!

Hi Michel,

Very nice shots.
Face off at the mouth of the shooting has created a very interesting image.
Timing, clarity of vision and very successful.

Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Bonsoir Michel,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du Tyran à longue queue. L'image est claire et nette. La qualité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs de l'image. bonne soirée.


Hello Michel! Nice scene. Good capture and exposure. Superb light and bright, marvelous contrast and sharp. Good note. Good luck!

Hi Michel,
what a funny looking, charming, very clear and sharp document of a Flycatcher with a freshly caught Sulphur butterfly in its beak! A rare capture, congratulations my friend!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Michel,
Well captured with great timing showing this flycatcher with a mouythful.Great exposure bringing out the colouration and shapes of each individual feather.Pity the tail has been excluded otherwisw a really greta photo.

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