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Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-26 22:47
Viewed: 2641
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Browsing trough my last year archive I found some Gray Catbird pictures that I forgot about. There are not to many postings with it in TN and I decided to add this one.
This was probably a young bird waiting for his mother and flapping his wings as the baby birds do. You can see this action in the workshop area.

Cool Facts (from All About Birds)

"A secretive, but curious skulker of dense thickets, the Gray Catbird is heard more than it is seen. Its rambling song contains imitations of other bird songs, but the characteristic "mew" that gives it its name is not an imitation and sounds only vaguely cat-like."

∑The male Gray Catbird uses his loud song to proclaim his territory. He uses a softer version of the song when near the nest or when a territorial intruder is nearby. The female may sing the quiet song back to the male.
∑Although the Brown-headed Cowbird lays eggs in Gray Catbird nests, the catbird throws most of them out. The catbird learns to recognize its own eggs, probably by looking at them. If a cowbird quickly replaces the first catbird egg in a nest, the catbird may recognize the cowbird egg as its own and throw out its own eggs as they are laid. But such mistakes are rare, and few catbirds are ever seen incubating cowbird eggs.

Done last summer, in the small park (Wabukayne) across the street from my house, where I take most of my pictures.
Hand held, no flash, not from a blind.

I donít have a clue if you find my pictures good, bad, interesting or boring.
Iíll be very, very happy if youíll make a small comment when see the picture.
Thanks, Mario.

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That is a very nice one, Mario.
The details are very sharp and the colors are natural.
You can tell it is a young one. He looks out of it. Haha.
Great POV and DOF.
TFS. : )

great focus good colors nice expression on the bird.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-27 1:55]

Hi Mario,

A great compo,well exposed,sharp and colorfull ,well captured,regards,


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-27 2:20]
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Dear Mario, your pictures are very good! This Catbird is only one example. You have fine details on the feathers, very good colours and tones of light, the POV is great and your DOF very good. I very rarely get good results (I'm still struggling with right exposure in different light conditions)I feel if you take your pictures from your heart then they will always be good. I love your other pics, American Robin, Kingfisher, Starling etc... Keep at it Mario.

nice bird and picture,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-27 2:46]

Hello Mario,

I like the nature and certainly of this wonderful bird, excellent detailed picture with natural colours too! Nice done!

Best regards,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-27 9:08]

Hello Mario,
Great shot of this nice bird, Very sharp and fully detailed.
I like your POV.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-27 11:54]

Hi Mario,

Wow - this is sensational. The details of the plummage are marvelous - each feather is soooo sharp and clear. Beautiful pose, colors, and setting.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-27 19:05]

Hello Mario

A very well focused and crisp image of this catbird.The details are sharp and the colours are excellent.Very good DOF and POV.Well done.TFS


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