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Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-27 17:58
Viewed: 2154
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
the other day i had posted 'four of them', and this time a single one. yes, once again a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus), but found on another day, at another place, under different circumstances.

the previous flock i had found in my 'treasure island'; and this one, on another day, on the trees along the boundary of our residential complex. it was noon. the sun and the bird both were almost above my head. hence this white sky and this not-so-good POV.

i promised to give you some more information on next time. so here it goes..

i don't know how Wikipedia calls this bird "a large insect-eating bird.."! i never found them 'large'! instead, All About Bird is quite correct while saying "the Great Crested Flycatcher is easier to hear than to see".

to quote All About Birds, this bird is "the only eastern flycatcher that nests in cavities, it often includes snakeskin in the nest lining."
see this video :)

they also say, "the Great Crested Flycatcher is a bird of the treetops. it spends very little time on the ground, and does not hop or walk. it prefers to fly from place to place on the ground rather than walk."


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-27 19:37]

Hello Neighbor,
I love your photo of this beautiful Great Creasted Flycatcher. I have seen this bird quite a few times while up at Magee Marsh during spring migration. I think you managed a wonderful POV and the plumage colors are just right!!
Actually compared to most of the other flycatchers I normally see while up at the marsh, this guy is probably the largest. As you have already found out, they do seem to like the higher levels of the trees. Great job!!
I see you are experiencing the same type of skies we have here in Ohio. Many times they look white, because of all the cloud cover we get from being so close to Lake Erie.

What a beauty ...what a timeless classic indeed! Good day Ruby Sarkar. Difficult shot because of the strong back light but once again you've perfected that technique. Great natural colors fine moderate sharpness and a composition to die for .... Now check this: Can you see this thin blueish line which runs along the branch's shadows .... they call it a chromatic aberration a type of distortion which is a common problem for the lenses. Grab the "desaturate" brush with a proper size and take a walk over that line. The white background can not be affected because you can not discolor the white color further ;) Try it Ruby .... but thank you for the music :)
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-28 2:08]

Hello Ruby,
Very nice photo of this flycatcher in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Not easy with such a diffcult coloured sky in the background. Pleasing composition. I've read that they are nesting even in mailboxes.

hallo Ruby
very nice picture of this beauty '
good details and good sharpness with very nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ruby, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Interesting species the flycatcher, good detail & framing Ruby.
Well done! :)

Hi Ruby. Good shot of this guy. What I really wanted to say though, was that the sky seems a bit too white. I wonder what your "white balance" is set at? If it's set at "daylight" then maybe it should have been set at "overcast"? What do you think? Do you have that setting to change on your camera? Just wondering. Trevor

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