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Pied Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-09 4:39
Viewed: 4509
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis), a medium-sized predator with one of the most beautiful and melodious songs you will ever hear. They prey mostly on large invertebrates and small lizards, though small birds are occasionally taken when the opportunity presents itself.
They are found over most of the Australian continent except the moist south east corner and the arid interior.
This one was captured in a picnic ground west of Mackay.

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I've never seen this one before Chris.
A nicely composed shot with good exposure and detail.

Hello Chris, a wonderful posture and capture of this beautiful butcherbird. Great details. TFS.

Hello Chris
I have seen few paid birds in Australia but not this one :)
Nice details and pose on this one.

Hello Chris,

Excellent composition with a nice pose of the bird and a good POV. Excellent sharpness. Good exposure and excellent plain background.

Hi Chris, lovely and perfect capture of this beauty in a fine composition my friend! Great details and nice OFF BG.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-09 12:05]

Hello Chris,
What a splendid profile of the Butcher Bird! Excellent sharpness and fine colours. A very pleasant soft background too. I remember seeing this species but can't recall having heard its song - what a miss!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Chris, perfect capture of a Pied Butcherbird which is new for me. Great colours, details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Chris,

Excellent capture of this Pied Butcherbird, I know these guys very well they sing up a storm in my back garden most morning when I forget to put some food out, superb detail, stunning colours, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-10 6:47]

Hello Chris, Nice shot and good reflection on the eyes. Strong focus and good composition. Ganesh

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-10 14:36]

Hi Chris

A lovely capture of this pied predator. One can clearly see what's the purpose of that impressive bill. I am sure the lizards hit a B-line when this guy gets near.

Good contrasts on the black and white plumage achieved by means of the well managed exposure. The soft BG does well to compliment the bird. The composition left ample space to move or stare into.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-09-10 16:56]

Hola My Friend Chris.
Love this photo, it is very very sharp, excellent pose, light anf BG. The colors are also beautiful. The eye contact counts to.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-13 9:47]

Hi Chris!

First of all I like name of this bird - never heard of this one. Slightly similiar to magpie. Great exposure with perfectly taken blacks and whites. Clear composition, proud pose. Very good post.

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