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Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 10:47
Viewed: 3109
Points: 20
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Spotted Flycatcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata, is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia, and is migratory, wintering in Africa and south western Asia. It is declining in parts of its range.
This is an undistinguished looking bird with long wings and tail. The adults have grey-brown upperparts and whitish underparts, with some streaking on the breast. The legs are short and black, and the bill is black and has the broad but pointed shape typical of aerial insectivores. Juveniles are browner than adults and show the spots on the upperparts which give this species its name.
Spotted Flycatchers hunt from conspicuous perches, making sallies after passing flying insects, and often returning to the same perch. Their upright posture is characteristic.
They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for open areas amongst trees. They build an open nest in a suitable recess, often against a wall, and will readily adapt to an open-fronted nest box. 4-6 eggs are laid.
Interestingly, most European birds cannot discriminate between their own eggs and those of other species. The exception to this are the hosts of the Common Cuckoo, which have had to evolve this skill as a protection against that nest parasite. Spotted Flycatcher shows excellent egg recognition, and it is likely that it was once a host of the Cuckoo, but became so good at recognising the intruder's eggs that it ceased to be victimised. A contrast to this is the Dunnock, which appears to be a recent Cuckoo host, since it does not show any egg discrimination.
The flycatcher's call is a thin, drawn out soft and high pitched tssssseeeeeppppp, slightly descending in pitch.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 11:59]

Ola José,
A fine capture of Muscicapa striata. The lighting is excellent and the POV shows it with fine sharpness against a nice clear sky. Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Jose. Good POv and very good compo with best detauls and sharp for the cute brid.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-13 13:34]

hello Jose.
The POV is excellent and the details are very clear and sharp. I also really like the positioning and the composition.Very good lighting, colors and DOF.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-13 14:34]

Hi Jose,perfect portrait of this little bird,excellents contrast,details and naturals colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Que linda a imagem !!!!

Hello Jose,
beautiful image of this bird, colors, details, sharpness and light perfect. Excellent picture. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Jose UNA bellissima foto diquesto uccellino (Pigliamosche) eccellentesi la nitidezza Che la Messa ha Fuoco tiringrazio della condivisione ciao Marco.

Bonjour José,
Agréable valorisation du sujet sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Nice image of a great bird. Only problem for me is the wire fencing - would be nicer on a more natural perch.

Hi Jose,

Lovely and flawless capture of this pretty flycatcher in a lovely posture on wire. Awesome work!
TFS and have a nice night/new week!


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