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Malabar Whistling Thrush

Malabar Whistling Thrush
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-10-30 15:01
Viewed: 1403
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii) is found in the Western Ghats of India. Its whistling calls are almost human like. It is blackish with shiny patches of blue. The blue becomes visible only in oblique lighting (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malabar_whistling_thrush ).

I took this photo early in the morning with little light. The bird was on the top of a tree and the leaves were blocking even the little light. Hence the blue was not metallic and looks dull.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-10-30 19:01]

Hello Bala,
The lighting was not on your side this time, but you still managed to get off a fairly decent shot. The low light made the colors a bit dull and detail was lost. Good eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. Hopefully you will be fortunate next time and capture it in better lighting conditions.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-31 7:00]

Hello Bala,
Not easy to make a sharp detailed photo of such a dark bird. Certainly not which such a low light. But the photo is nice. For a better composition you can cut off a piece of the right side to get the bird more out of the center.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-10-31 15:50]

Hi Bala,the sharpness isn't the best but still good considering the distance and the terrible light,interesting post of this thrush not often seen on TN! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bala Raman,
I know this melodious bird. Last night I watched this picture but couldn't comment because I wanted to do a WS and last night I had no time to do that. Before doing WS, I use Google image to see this species in sunlight and I saw it's blue and black mixed. I tried to bring out shadow details too.
You have captured it quite well from far and showing its natural habitat. But I wanted to see it in different POV and I think my composition isn't bad.
Thanks for sharing,

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