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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 2:52
Viewed: 4162
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was lucky to take bird picture from short enough distance (4 m). It is a very rare opportunity for me and my typical shooting conditions.

In August the new for me species of the bird was visited our garden. It was sitting on the arbor, watching for insects in the grass of the lawn and catches them with great success. It did it every evening few days.

At once I decided to come nearer to it. My little granddaughter was next to me. We came nearer with extreme care almost 15-20 minutes. But how we were happy to take whole series of close-ups even with flash. The bird was so kind to pay no attention to us. After that I understood the benefits of bird shooting from close distance.

I will be very pleased with help to indelicate this cute species. Moreover, many thanks who remember me yet :) despite my long absence here.

I am very pleased to inform you that it is Spotted Flycatcher (see comments of our dear friend Maurizio Dalla Via).

Some info about the species you can find here.

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wonderful composition with this beautiful image, great photo performance!
regards Alexei

Hello Alexei,
A lovely captured of this cute bird, excellent eye-contact, very good sharpness, nice lighting and beautiful out of focus background, a lovely picture, sorry can't help you with ID:)
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Halllo Alexei,
a superb portrait of the Spotted Flycatcher taken from an excellent point of view, outstanding sharpness and marvellous natural colours, a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-10 6:55]

Hello Alexei,
Nice to see a picture from you again. A very elegant and shy bird which you caught in your garden. A lovely bird this species which I sometimes can see in my surroundings too. Love the composition and the fine colors.
Take care!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-10 7:17]

Hello Alexei,
Yes indeed, Maurizio is right, this is the Spotted Flycatcher, muscicapa striata. Excellent sharpness, details, pose with eye contact and composition. Beautiful natural colours, also in the blurred background.
Hope to see a lot more from you of these beauties.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-10 7:31]

Hi Alexei,
Fine timing and luck ..
An excellent capture of this little bird. Colours,nice sharp detail and a great POV.
Best wishes,

Hi Alexei,

Great close up taken with good details & great sharpness.
The light is good & great sharpness too. It is very difficult to get closer to the birds a capture the pics but you did it well. TFS.

Hello Alexei,
Excellent capture of a splendid bird. Lovely details, colors and perfect focus as usual.
The clarity, light, exposure and sharpness are superb.
Outstanding contrast against the background.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Alexei, lovely bird on a beautiful lighting BG, nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei
A beautiful pose of the bird and a beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Alexei
super sharpness and good details
lovely colours to
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-10 11:38]

Hello Alexei.
Beautiful photo Almost unicolor image with great contrast beautiful background and good sharpness
Very good job.Best regards Siggi

Hi Alexei,
very good low point of view. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness. Very good background.
Have a nice week,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-10 15:08]

Hi Alex,there is a magic light inside your pic,a fantastic work and a beautiful little friend taken whit a very impressive sharpness,colors and in a very nice position too.Excellent work my friend,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Publicas con cuentagotas Alexei ! pero siempre bienvenido y un placer
el admirar tus bellas fotografías.
Colores fieles en toda la toma con un excelente encuadre que da fuerza al conjunto.
Hoy publiqué una fotografía con mi nueva cámara que empiezo a disfrutar !
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-10-11 3:14]

Hello Alexei,
Very successful shot, flycatcher look very attractive. This species is easy to watch because like to sit every the same spot and catch flies very cleverly. Every year this bird have nest near my flat in very unexpected place always very close to people.
Best regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei, Well what a splendid capture of this fine species my good friend, very nice clean image, excellent sharpness with fine details, good lighting with wonderful natural colours, great effort here Alexei and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hola Alexei,
've got a very beautiful and original composition, good job
Salutacions cordials, Ferran

Hello Alexei,
A beautiful composition of this cute bird captured from perfect POV with fine details and nice colours. A good use of flash too. Well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-13 12:23]

Hello Alexei,
A very good photo of this lovely Muscicapa striata with excellent composition,colours and impressive sharpness.
Have a nice night!...

Hi Alexei,
Very nice photo of this bird. Really beautiful composition. Nice natural colours. Very good use of light

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-18 1:22]

Hello Alexei,
A very fine capture of a Spotted Flycatcher. The use of flash is excellent with resulting natural colours and fine sharpness and the comnposition is perfect for the POV.
Nice that your granddaughter was with you to experience this. My two small granddaughters live far away but we shall soon move to be a little closer.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-18 12:15]

Hello Alexei!
What a beauty! I´m happy for you! you had really a great opportunity and you didn´t lose it! Great shot, indeed! amazing sharpness and lovely colors.The POV is also very pleasant.Well done!
Regards from,

PS: thanks for your kind comments in my last pic! I appreciated it!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-19 3:38]

Hello Alex,
definitely a lovely shot. The curve of the rail is so pretty to give a better composition and nice arts. The sharpness of the bird and a slight turn of the head is pleasant and attractive.
nice moment waited for a good result.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-19 7:12]

Hi Alex!
Excellent portrait of this bird captured in nice pose. Superb sharpness and great blurred BG.
Splendid colours...so delicate.
Very well composed.
Ciao! Vanda
P.S. Congratulations on your Gallery. I saw it: fantastic!

Hello Alexei,

And you did a fine job as a bird photographer..!
Just like me you capture what comes your way hehehe...
Excellent details in the plumage, good eye contact and accurate DoF isolates the subject well from the background, great pose too!

Pablo -

wonderful picture, excellent details and very nice colors, congratulations Alex!

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Ciao Alexei. Congratulations for the great pic! Perfect light and excellent details/focus.


Hello Alexei,

another great image taken by you with good pov and the bird are looking into the long side .
Suburp composition. and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hi Alexei,
excellent colors, bg, Ov DOF perfect details, vey crisp, nicly composed and capture photos,

Dear Alexei,
touching story how both you and your little granddaughter slowly came closer and closer, and had a long time to enjoy the encounter. It tells us of the importance of having patience and taking all the time required - probably one of the major reasons of your so very successful and awarding photography of nature. The image is showing the rare bird in a lovely pose that is perfectly corresponding to the whole outstandingly well balanced composition of three elements. With thanks, and all my best wishes to you!

P.S.: Thank you for your kind visit and very positive words to my laest contributions some time ago. I am touched by your words. Sorry for not responding earlier - being a reare guest here on TN myself recently because of having been totally absorbed by my teaching for a while.

Hi Alexei wonderful picture of a flycatcher .. birds usually are very shy but some of them get bold and allow us near them if they feel that we intend no harm.. in either case shooting birds in close distance has its advantages .. i suggest you design a hide :-)

Hi Alex,
Absolutely perfect "portrait-format" composition, I love so much the "minimalism effect": only the bird, the blue polyethilene and nothing more! Excellent sharpness on the subject, beautiful blur on the background, great light management during the shot. Superb job again MF. Bravo.
Best regards, László

Hello Alexei

With the POV and framing it is an excellent photo
of this beautiful bird, with great focus sharpnes
and details, beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hello Alexei
This is a very unique picture, great Depth of field and sharpness. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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