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Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion  Flycatcher
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 8:57
Viewed: 3237
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Vermilion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus, is a small passerine bird that can be found in the southwestern United States, Central America, and northern and central South America, and southwards to central Argentina. This is the only species in the genus Pyrocephalus.

The species grows to about seven inches in length, and is strongly dimorphic; males are bright red in color, with dark brown plumage. Females have a peach-colored belly with a dark grey upperside, and are somewhat similar to Say's Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe).

These tyrant flycatchers feed mostly on insects such as flies, grasshoppers and beetles. These are usually taken from mid-air, after a short sally flight from a perch.

The Vermilion Flycatcher is a favorite among birders, but not generally kept by aviculturalists, as males tend to lose their bright colors when taken from the wild and kept in cages.


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hello luis,
nice shot, the colours look beautiful and the blue sky makes a fine bg here, liked the way you have composed this shot, suitable pov,
tfs & regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-28 9:02]

Hi Luis,

This is superb! What a bird!! And look at the background. The blue sky and the green of the plant combine very good. In one word: fantastic.


Hello Luis
Your framing is exemplary producing a fantastic scene.
The colour of the Fly catcher is just awesome against the Blue Blue sky..Not an easy thing to do at all. Lovely sharp details and a really good dof.
Best Regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-28 9:04]

Hi Luis,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful bird with such vibrant red colour. Fantastic colour contrast with the blue sky as BG and the green cactus spines. You have captured a fine pose and managed the harsh lighting pretty well. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Kudos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 9:19]

Hi Luis,

Beautiful!!!! Fantastic colors, sharp details, lovely setting, wonderful composition. I saw a Vermillion Flycatcher - only once - and never did he show his face.


Lovely composition and the bright red, green, and blue really enhance this photo. I love the sparkle in this bird's eye and the minute details of his feet. Lovely composition.

excellent shot !!
very well captured, POV, compo and outstanding details,
Cheers :)

Hello Luis,
Real good close up with such a small size bird!
my compliment on the exposure and focus job that had done perfectly here with a good pose of it!
the plant add a great perspective to the whole composition!
muchas gracias

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-28 10:19]

Hi Luis.
Wonderful, full of colours and air shot with tremendous reproduction of the plant and beautiful bird. Amazing curve of the leaves, charming turn of the bird and razor sharpness of the entire image. I also like wonderful blur clean sky. My compliments and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 10:26]

Hi Luis. What a beautiful red colour this bird has it stands out against the blue sky so well. You have captured fine detail with bright colours. looks good against the green plant. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Luis,
what vibrant colours, the bird really jumps out at you, well controlled exposure and good detail.


Hello Luis,

A lovely bird and perfect capture with excelent details, superb composition, nice lighting.
TFS and Cheers,


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-28 11:05]

Hi Luis,

Well, this bird doesn't have this name for nothing, what a gorgeous red he has.
Splendid colours, fantastic light, excellent focus.
Very nicely composed on a perfect blue sky!


Hola Luis.
Fantásticos contrastes y genial bg.
Buena nota y una imagen muy hermosa con ese cielo azul de fondo.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Vermilion r3ed is a super colour and you have it down pat here Luis! Even against a deep blue sky the image looses no quality. fine and sharp from your good eye...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 13:31]

Hola Luis,
preciosa captura y original colorido,
buen pov sobre estos temidos picos Uff.
buen trabajo Luis,
saludos a la familia.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-28 14:58]

hello Luis
good capture of this beautiful bird with its interesting pose
i like composition, POV, lighting, colours, details and note

hello Luis

excellent shot of this colorful lovely bird,
excellent sharpness and details, i love your POV
and panorama framing, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:34]

I just love it, it is so bright, so contrasty and so fun to look at. The spikes of the plant, the red bird against a blue sky, wow Luis, esta muy bonito! I wish we had that quality of light here! Superb and you really caught the vermillon colour of this one! Thank you!


Hello Luis,
Fantastic composition and nice point of view, superb vivid colors, the red is stunning, excellent sharpness and depth of field, lovely blue background, the contrast between red bird,blue sky and green plant is outstanding, well done!

Hi Luis,
A beautiful capture of this cute little fly catcher. What brilliant colors it has. Excellent sharp details and nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:23]

Hello Luis,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations


Hi Luis, this is the first time I've seen one of these. Great colour and detail in this bird. He contrasts very nicely with that blue sky of yours. Catching him on a cactus like this presents him in a good pose.

Thanks, John

A perfect capture with a very nice color combination Luis, the reds and blacks of the bird contrast finely with the blue sky and the yellowish green of the agave (?) plant. Thank you for sharing this fine composition with us, amigo.


This picture has got brilliant colors and a great composition. Very nicely composed. It is very interesting that males lose their bright red in captivity. It just goes to show that birds do not belong in cages !
Great work Luis,



Maravilla de luces, formas y colores, con un formato acertado.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana Luis: J. Ignasi

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-29 18:42]

Hi Luis. I like the bright red bird holding the sharp cactus bush. The blue sky is the perfect backdrop. TFS. Murray.

Superbe composition, magnifiques couleurs et trčs bons détials.

Hello Luis,

Beautiful composition. I like the combination of these three main colours, red, blue and green. Very good POV and DOF.
Very well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 7:52]

Hola Luis,
Outstanding image with impeccable sharpness and incredible colors. The bird and its' surrounding are wonderful. To quote Lucy this is absolutely beautiful, thank you my friend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-01 14:12]

Hi Luis

Wonderful colours here combined with wonderful pose and detail.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-02 2:20]

Hello Luis,
What a lovely view of this scarlet bird against the blue sky. I like its pose on the spiky leaves too. Excellent focus and sharp details. An excellent composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-02 9:09]

Hello Luis, wow! What a strikingly red bird! Well composed, very good exposure, great light and exposure. Truly beautiful, thanks!


What a vivid red! Gorgeous shot! Against the blue sky, the red is even more amazing! WOW!

Hola Luis,
That red looks very striking on the blue sky backdrop and with a wonderful composition. :)

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