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Catbird 2

Catbird 2
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 16:05
Viewed: 3868
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the best catbird shots I've had a chance to make, showing the red area under the tail and even a little of the black cap. You may not be able to see it at this resolution, but you can actually see the window from which I took this picture in the eye. Unfortunately, as usual, not enough light in the afternoon due to the shade of the house to get a really fast exposure with good DOF. We have a large number around our yard this year, and they do sound like cats mewing.

Shot on a tripod, with the VR turned off.

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.

* Medium-sized songbird.
* Small bill.
* Long tail.
* Uniform gray all over.
* Black cap.

* Size: 21-24 cm (8-9 in)
* Wingspan: 22-30 cm (9-12 in)
* Weight: 23-56 g (0.81-1.98 ounces)

Sex Differences

Sexes alike.

Song is a long slow series of warbled notes, ranging from whistles to squeaks, often including imitations of the songs and calls of other birds. Notes not given multiple times. Calls a raspy "mew" and a chattered "chek-chek-chek."

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-14 16:16]

nice colors great pose good background. focus seems a bit oversharpened or heavily cropped.

Hello Allan,
Very nice shot of this Catbird.
The pose of the bird with it's tail up, the catch light in the eye and the soft color tones in the background are beautiful while details in the feathers are wonderfully visible.
Sharpness is excellent, but it seems that the bird is a little over exposed on the head.
That's just a minor flaw though and does'nt really effect the beauty of the image.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-15 1:52]
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Hi Allan.
Beautiful capture.Great pose and your POV.Very nice composition and superb clean BG with amazing nuances of colors.Bird is little out of focus(?) and lowers quality otherwise well done picture.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

this bird is similar to indian robbin,great pov with good details,well taken.

selam alan ,wow Great close up shot and very good composition of this beautiful bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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