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A Rare Visitor

A Rare Visitor
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6-, Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 7:02
Viewed: 4828
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today has been my lucky day!
A very rare visitor was reported about 60 km (40 miles) north of us and she was still there when we arrived.

This is the first time this species has been posted on TN from Europe. There are three from Asia.

Red-flanked Bluetail female (Tarsiger cyanurus)

Swedish name: Blåstjärt, meaning ‘Bluetail’.

Normally this species nests in the Taiga forests of N. Asia and it overwinters in SE Asia.
In recent years some pairs have spread westwards to nest in N. Finland, but only a few have been reported in Sweden and normally in the summer and never as far south as this!

The males have a blue back and head and like the female reddish orange flanks.

This female seemed unafraid of the dozen or so birdwatchers and I was able to take this at a distance of about 5 meters with my long lens hand held and after light cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened

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Helo Ivan
Congratulations on this rare find! You have captured the subject beautifully, showing the blue tail that gives the bird its name. Well exposed against the snowy background, sharp detail and the all important glint in the eye!
Kind Regards

This little bird is very pretty.Nice image,good capture and interesting note.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

hello Ivan

Congratulations for this rare bird on TN, excellent photo
with fine POV and the way the bird is framed on the image,
fine focus sharpness and details of its beautiful colored plumage,
and very beautiful eye-contact, TFS


excellent photo my friend Ivan, the time offers the possibility of approach and you develops this splendidly, plus as you say and the rarity of this type!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-10 7:23]

Hi Ivan. Well worth the trip to see this beauty. congrats on a first on TN. You were able to take a first class picture showing sharp focusing with fine detail in the feathers. It look as if she posed just for you. I can see the blue in the tail feathers from your POV which gives it its name. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-10 7:52]

Hello Ivan,
Very special this Red-flanked Bluetail. Since one week there's a Baltimore Oriole in our country. She has crossed the ocean. Also very special.
You've made a spectacular photo of her. Amazing pose in good sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Great POV, DOF and composition. Nice blue tail.

Ciao Ivan, congratulayions for great capture of this rare isitor in the snow, lovely bird with beautiful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. Intrigant POV here to obtain the best DOF. Very good light for a dynamic capture.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-10 8:49]

Hello Ivan
Congratulations for this capture. You are really lucky to get such a great photo with this very rare species.
Well done and thanks for sharing

ciao Ivan!
splendido ritratto di Codazzurro ,ripreso con bella postura sul ramo ,tra il bianco Bg dell'ambiente invernale...
grazie per il tuo giorno fortunato,che hai condiviso con tutti noi......sERGIO

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-10 9:14]

New species for me, TFS!Very good photo, congratulations!

Hi Ivan,

Congratulations on this rare capture of this beautiful bird
colors, sharpnes and details are PERFECT
great light and catchlight

TFS Thijs

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-10 9:30]

Hi Ivan,
Now that is what I call dedication!
I can't believe you actually found the bird after getting the word, and then driving for 40 miles.
Good thing you went. A lovely shot... and what a thrill to capture such a rarity.
The details, colors, and eye contact are all excellent.
TFS. : )

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for this rare capture! The subject is beautiful, it has nice colors and fine details.

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on this rare species Visitor! As always, the photo is technically impeccable, and it delivers very well the feeling of the environment in which the bird was photographed.
TFS, Regards.


hello Ivan
a super picture of this little Beauty
great details and good light with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Salam Ivan,

An excellent capture of this rare visitor with such beautiful coloration, pose & setting. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Hello Ivan,
congratulations on this rare capture, i think that the luck meets with him who looks for it; very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like very much the lovely pose of this cute bird.
Have a good week

Hello Ivan,
Lovely bird. Superb clarity, colours and very good sharpness.
Excellent background. Great capture.

Hej Ivan
My congratulation's on finding and photographing this rare visitor!!
Jag såg att någon har fotat samma fågeln på fotosidan och att det var i Skåne och undrade om du visste om det :)

Hello Ivan,
Very cute capture, with fine details and good composition. Yes it is a very rare visitor in Europe. Congratulations for this exceptionnel shot! TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-10 12:49]

Hello Ivan,
very nice capture of this Bluetail, very good bg, excellent composition, sharp image with good details, nice pov,lovely colour tones, Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-10 13:47]

Slav Îvan,
Congratulations to you for this bird on TN!...
Great POV and excellent pose.
Wonderful sharpness and colors.
TFS and best regards,
Bi slavên germ


merhaba Ivan dostum
nice to see different species and rare visitor. welcome always. I also like to capture and present new and different ones as like yours.
This beautiful passerine dosent live in Turkiye. But I know it from books. you nicely captured it with sharp focus and against white of snow. composition and colors also very nice.
tack. god natt och god veckor, min vän.

Perfect clarity Ivan! I like a lot also composition of this picture. It looks like watiching you :>
Congratulations because of this picture, it must be a very importnt discovery to observe so rare species and o far north :>
TFA and all the best from cold and winter Lodz (last 2 days about 30cm of snow appeared :>),

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-10 15:13]
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Hi Ivan,

I've heard of storm chasers but it sounds much nicer to be a bird chaser! How did the word get out? You were so lucky this adorable bird stayed around for you. Must be so exciting to get such a rarity. I love the pose - she reacted well to the camera. A lovely little face and plumage shown with your always fine colors and details. She reminds me of a Wren.


very , very good

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-10 18:45]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on capturing this rare bird to your area. Super fine detail and beautiful colors along with just the right amount of exposure. Love the way she is looking up at you as if to say..shoot my best side please!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-10 22:25]

Hi Ivan

Well done on such an excellent capture of this rare visitor. Great pov, lighting and detail.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-10 23:36]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this rare bird.I liked eye contact,clear details and pose of bird a lot.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-11 4:13]

Hi Ivan,
another lovely bird with nice clear background. The dual tones is making this shot very graphical.
The sharpness of the bird is so excellent, the feathers could be seen in pin sharp focus.
excellently produce shot.


Hallo Ivan
Lovely display of colour. Excellent camera work and a real feast to the eye. Every little detail is just great. The fluffyness of the fine hairs around the face and tummy is very eye-catching. Good focus and framing, presented in a delightful manner. I am glad for you that you could capture the scarce Red-flanked Bluetail. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Hello Ivan,
You have been very luchy to capture this bird waiting for you !!!
Great focus with sharp details of the plumage and beautiful colours

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-11 7:10]

Hi Ivan,
what a great pose you caught here! The catchlight in the eye is very nice and the over all details and quality both excellent - congratulations on your luck!

Congratulations Ivan,
you captured a wonderful bird, I like this shot so much. Realy a rare bird, I never saw one in nature.
Thanks, I'm happy you share it with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-11 12:51]

Hi Ivan,
Se vad det är tur i livet?
Titta, var detta din chans att uppfylla detta sällsynt gäst i ditt land.
Och när jag läser tidningarna och se hur kallt det är i Sverige ... Nu tre dagar har återvänt några av mina vänner i Sverige. Jag hoppas ni kommer och besöker denna underbara.
Du vill ha en trevlig kväll,

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Fantastic capture of this rare beauty my friend! Great blurr effect background and sharp focus on the bluetail. Good that it's looking towards the camera too:). Seems quite camouflaged against its surroundings.
TFS this impressive shot and also thanks for your kind words which you wrote my 2n Anniv. post too.
Have a good night MF!


Hello Ivan
congratulations for this beautiful and rare bird, and you have captured it with amazing details on his plumage and face, wonderful pose and POV
lovely surroundings
Have a good night

Hello Ivan,

Congratulations on this rare find.
Youre lucky.
Good pov and details with fine coloours.


Hi Ivan,

Back for a visit and post thanks to Loot and I have been looking through the gallery to see who is still active that I know. Excellent capture on a species I have never heard of. The exposure looks very good here. Nice soft even lighting and fine detail in the plumage. love the pose and head angle. This allowed for a nice catch light in the eye.

Well Done..


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-12 6:55]

Hi Ivan,
More than the bird, I appreciate your patience and enthusiasm, that's something rare.

Hi Ivan,
Well this is really to be lucky, to to catch it after 60 kms!
And I can see you didn't waste the opportunity, the photo is so sharp and clear that is plentiful of fine details of your new visitor.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Warm regards,

Great pose/POV and this cute little Bluetail is looking at you..
Fine details & natural colors, nice catchlight too.
Well done & a Happy New Year my friend :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-13 17:43]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Bueno, creo que bien valio el viaje de 60Kms. a fin de lograr esta hermosa foto con exelente calidad y nitidez. Felicidades por este gran logro.
Me agrada la pose mostrando sus atributos y viendo directamente hacia Ud. Hermoso regalo.
Saludos Sr. Ivan.

La pose del ave y el ángulo de disparo empleados, dan mucha fuerza a esta imagen Ivan. Buena luz y detalles.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 7:44]

Hi Ivan

Hats off MF. This is underlining you dedication and great passion for nature, to travel
60km, hopeful that when you get there your expectant trophy is still going to be there.
Fortunately for you, and for us, it was waiting for you and now we have the pleasure
to also see what it is that makes someone do such an extraordinary feat to capture a
tiny LBJ fluff-ball. Because of the rarity (European sighting and the 1st posting from
EU turf) I decided to place this in my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions
to TN". It is a little cutie.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Ivan,

You're lucky to capture her - she was waiting and posing for You. :) Top quality photo as always from You, and of course congrats for finding. It's fantastic You travelled so much for maybe shooting this young lady.

I clicked on www.birding.hu for more (local) infos of this species - the site writes Bluetail (the Hungarian name's the same) is also nesting in Finland and Estonia beside Russia and other Asian countries. Rare winter visitor in Hungary.

Tfs the story and the fantastic image, friendly regards from Hungary, László

Hello Ivan, amazing shot of this beauty with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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