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Redstart or Whitestart

Redstart or Whitestart
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-20 5:50
Viewed: 4754
Points: 18
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Myioborus melanocephalus, Spectacled Whitestart

Such are the problems with common names that this species appears to be referenced as both Spectacled Redstart and Spectacled Whitestart. The scientific name, however, is definitive.

This taken on the Papallacta river trail at an elevation of 3,400m on the Eastern slopes of the Andes. Handheld in natural light.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-20 6:41]

Hello Alan,
Although I think the colours are a bit oversaturated, this is a beautiful close photo of a Spectacled Redstart. Nice sharpness and a very good composition.

Hallo Alan
Whether this beeing a red or a white start I do not know, what I do no is that it is a beautiful bird with flashy bright colours (almost like Flash Gordon) and you have captured it so beautifully. I love the patch of reddish-orange on its head and the inside of the tailpiece. The black feathers looks it is wearing a cloak. A truly lovely image, presented in a pleasant manner. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Alan,

Agree with Peter, but nicely captured. TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-20 7:51]

Well captured image of this beautiful and cute little bird with orange crown, fine composition. tfs.

Hello Alan,
You sure have known how to enjoy our tropics! .. Congratulations, beautiful bird, with an enviable POV !....
Here in Venezuela, we call this as "Curruñatá"!...
Regards, TFS

Ciao Alan, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

What an amazing coloured bird. Love the close crop. Congrats :)

Most non-U.S. neotrop specialists have been calling genus Myioborus "Whitestarts" for years, and finally it would seem that the obvious is starting to prevail, i.e., calling them "whitestarts". There is no intuitive morphological reason for associating them plumage-wise to the old world redstarts. Even though Van Remsens's SACC baseline list is still resisting (remaining faithful to the view of the U.S. based specialists), they are becoming increasingly isolated, and now the IOC has adopted nomenclaturally the much more sensate view of calling them "whitestarts". Sooner or later, I expect the remaining resistance to collapse by popular pressure.

Excellent picture... :-)

TFS :-)

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