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Cliff Flycatcher taking a dust bath

Cliff Flycatcher taking a dust bath
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-16 5:49
Viewed: 1630
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think another NEW BIRD FOR TN, the Cliff Flycatcher.

The Cliff Flycatcher (Hirundinea ferruginea) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family. The Cliff Flycatcher is the only species in the genus Hirundinea after the Swallow Flycatcher was merged herein as subspecies Hirundinea ferruginea bellicosa.
It is found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas of Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Ecuador and Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest.

The Cliff Flycatcher is only found east of the Andes cordillera, and therefore is not found in Chile. All other South American countries are represented. In the Amazon Basin, it surrounds the basin in the foothills, and highest elevations at tributaries' headwaters; it ranges down to central Argentina west of the Pampas, and east of the Pampas to southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay; also southeast of the Amazon Basin in the Brazilian Highlands, to the Atlantic and south Atlantic coast of Brazil, about an 8000 km stretch of coastline.

Source: Wikipedia

From “Birds of Brazil” The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A, Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel:
The Cliff Flycatcher is about 18,5 cm.
Found in sedentary pairs or small family groups, usually perching in the open on rock faces or buildings; often seems oblivious to the roar of traffic or proximity of people. Migrants can occur in atypical situations.
Sometimes keeps up a near constant chatter of high-pitches calls, including a “wheeeyp!” and “whee, dee-dee-ee-ee-ee” or “wheeuw-d’d’d’d’r!” and also a continued “wha-deép, wha-deép...”.

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As usual ... your image is, simply put, IMPRESSIVE!!!
Your notes are great too.
Best and most kind regards from,
Mario in Canada.

Ciao Peter, my today neighbour, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Spring is arrived in my country......I see also many lovely birds migrating from south for the breading season....I hope I will catch some good photos.....This image here has marvelous details and colors.
A very nice specie.
Glad to see your photos. Stunning details!

Adorable capture of this new species on TN, Peter.
I have seen birds doing this act quite a few times and I wonder why they do it.
Great action image.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-16 12:50]

Hi Peter,you caught very well this nice and funny moment,not easy to see a bird making a dust bath,i never seen in my life.Great capture of this specie,maybe a first time and very very rare,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano


Great image Peter
When we were in the Kruger a few weeks ago, I saw this ritual of dust bathing quite a number of times and it was very interesting to see how the bathing varies among the different birds.

Flycatchers are truly beautiful birds and this Cliff Flycatcher of yours are no exception. Love the colour of its eye and the combination of colours in its plumage. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Ciao Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥在沙坑洗澡
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Bonjour Peter,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter

Congratulations for this new bird on TN,
excellent shot on the bird's pose on ground
with fine POV, and great DOF, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-18 1:57]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting picture of this Cliff Flycatcher taking a dust bath. Very fine the colors of the plumage and nice to have the eye-contact. Another new bird for TN. Thanks!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-05-18 7:03]

Thanks for sharing with us yet another novelty! interesting bird, caught in an interesting activity.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, Peter,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-18 19:02]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on another first for TN !!
You managed to photograph this fellow in an attractive pose. Looks like it is resting or else it is about to take off in flight. I really like it's rusty brown and black markings as well the hint of blue in it's eye. Great capture!!

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