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Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-02 5:37
Viewed: 3914
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture while walking in the Queen Sirikit Park. There are plenty of Oriental Magpie Robin around Bangkok. Like most birds they are very alert and difficult to get close to.

The Flower

I believe that this bird is in a 'rain lily' bed.

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Genus: Zephyranthes
Common Name: rain lily, rainflower, zephyr lily,fairy lily, ดอกบัวดิน

The common name of rain lily or rainflower came from the fact that it often bloom after raining.

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The Bird

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Copsychus
Species: C. saularis
Common Name: Oriental Magpie Robin (นกกางเขนบ้าน)

The Oriental Magpie Robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae. It is also known as Oriental Magpie Robin, Straits Robin and Magpie.

This magpie-robin is an insectivorous species which is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia, south China and the Philippines.

The Oriental Magpie Robin is found in open woodland, cultivated areas and around human habitation. It nests in a hole, often in a wall, laying 3-6 eggs which are incubated by both sexes.

This species is 19cm long, including the long cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the smaller European Robin, but is longer-tailed. The male has black upperparts, head and throat apart from a white shoulder patch. The underparts and the sides of the long tail are white. Females are grey above and greyish white. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts and head.

From: Wikipedia

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Hi Jitti
Very nice shot of magpie robin in natural surrounding. Very nice bird. Good sharpness nice compo and informative note
Good job

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-02 8:24]

Hello Jitti,
Very fine view of the little Magpie Robin hiding in the grass. Good focus, great details and fine colours of the plumage.
Well composed and a good note.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-02 9:12]
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The thumbnail doesn't do this justice, Jitti!
Despite the thumbnail making it look small on the image, it looks fine when opened with fine sharpness and detail and contrasting well against the rice plants in the BG. Fine POV and excellent composition too.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-02 9:50]

Hi Jitti,

I've only seen a magpie once and of course it was before I carried my camera around all the time. This is a great shot - so sharp - wonderful pose - excellent black and white. He stands out from the grass beautifully. Wonderful shot!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-02 13:13]

Nice shot of this Magpie, Jitti!
You've captured this fellow with great clarity and sharpness.
Nice composition too.
Superb light and vibrent colours.
Well done,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-02 22:32]

Hi Jitti,
Wonderful shot of this charming Oriental Magpie Robin and I like this natural surrounding. It perfectly stands out from among the green grasses and the image is neat and sharp. Nice colours and details and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello JC,
I can see the similarities with our magpies, but that is only the colours!
Your feathered friend is well captured, good DOF to isolate the subject in the middle of the plants...
Pablo -

Hello Jitti,

Very nice capture, this little birds sing beautifully
nice colors


Nice shot JC. You have captured this beautifully on the ground. Colorful bird in excellent image sharpness. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-03 0:36]

Hi Jitti.
I like wonderful natural scene and wide DOF. Exposure of the image is spot on despite the contrast subject. Sharpness and details are great as well as the low POV. Well done and kind regards.

Hello Jitti,

Very good presentation of this magpie. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb composition with these long leaves. Beautiful natural colours.

Hi Jitti,
A nice capture of this beautiful magpie robin. Excellent details and a fine composition showing its natural environment. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-03 8:31]

Jitti, Very nice shot and nice eye catch. I like the lighting and the color here. Ganesh

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-03 12:09]

hello jitti
successful capture of this cute bird through grasses
i like composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and informative note

Hello Jitti,
This is another beautiful bird with colored plumage from Oriental Region zoogeographically. You captured it with a great shot. Nicely composed. Eye contact, POV and focus also very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-27 21:20]

Hello Jitti

Just marking the post for now


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