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King of His Castle


King of His Castle
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-09 11:37
Viewed: 4928
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This male Eastern Blue, resplendant in his breeding colors, is clearly the King of His Castle...or nesting box. It's that time of year again that the Bluebirds, both male and female, start to house hunt for this season's brood of babies. Once a nesting box has been choosen, they take turns watching over and defending from other birds. The worse of the possible usurpers is the House Sparrow. Many a generation has been lost due to this bird( sparrow) who has no compunction about throwing out a family of Bluebirds in order to make it their own home. As you can see this male looks to be quite vigilant.

Bluebirds will perch on the top of the box and from there will quickly fly down to the ground to grab a small insect or larvae on the ground. They will return lickity split to their post and enjoy their meal while keep watch.

marhowie, carper, tinman, mogens-j, Luc, scottevers7, coasties, PDP, red45, Janice, hummingbird24, acdirican has marked this note useful
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-09 12:00]

What an extremely lovely bird Lesley! So colorful, so sweet and so fragile. The amazing colors of the bird stand out perfectly against all the other colors in the picture. Very well composed. Of course I would have liked to see the bird a little closer, but the picture is very nice nevertheless. Well done & TFS!

Hello Lesley, Superb colors and details. Really like the way you've composed this shot and a very fitting title..Great pose, Very well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-09 14:30]

very good photo Lesley,
the photo is well composed, the lines arre nice and the details are super, the colours are fine and yes I like the good job here, weldone
gr. Jaap

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2005-04-09 15:12]

This is really a beautiful capture - great textures in the wood and contrasts in the colours - well done. Tim

Great capture Lesley. He really looks like he is the king of this "castle" - has he moved in yet. Beautiful colours and excellent dof.

Hi Lesley, the title fits the composition well.
Good colours and well controlled exposure, well taken.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-09 21:00]

On my wishing list.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent composition, PoV and DoF.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: great.
Thank you for sharing so beautifull pictures and for the enjoyment which they give us.

Great composition and framing on this Bluebird. Beautiful colors and very sharp detail. Excellent Job!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-10 5:07]

Lesley, this is beautiful! What needs special mention here is the composition and I really like the textures which you captured with excellent sharpness.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Beautiful blue plumage Lesley. Nice composition. Good POV. I like the old timber in the shot. Good work. TFS

Ha, such a large picture, such a tiny bird, but indeed as your title says, King of the castle, all nice against the blurry background !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-10 17:25]

He really stands out Lesley. The photo almost feels like it is one of those B&W with the subject in colour types. It's an excellent capture and you've made a super composition. Great stuff.

Breathtaking. I would say it is perfect! I love the subject, the composition, the colour and the depth of field is fantastic. Very Well Done!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-11 6:43]

I love composition of your photo Lesley. Big, cubic, rough, grey box and colorfull, little dweller. Big contrast made the photo. Exposure is fantastic.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-11 7:05]

What a lovely Blue Bird. Excellent composition and details Lesley. I love his pose on the nesting box - like: "It's mine!" Well done.

A beautiful image Lesley, with good note.
He is quite handsome and well seen in this photo. Great composition, detail and lighting. Well done, and thank you.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-23 22:14]

Wonderfull composition Lesley, great colours & details, dof and sharpness are perfect.

You did a great work :-)

Regards,

Christian

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