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I'm Looking At You!

I'm Looking At You!
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: South Island Winter Holiday 2005
Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 4:33
Viewed: 4402
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
FANTAIL (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

This aptly named species is one that has been able to adapt itself very satisfactorily to an environment that has been greatly changed since European settlement. Originally a bird of open native forests and scrub, it is now also to be found in the forests of introduced pines, in orchards, and in and around the botanic gardens of our largest cities. At times it may appear far from any large stands of shrubs or trees and has an altitudinal range that extends from sea level to the snow line. Its geographical range is very wide within New Zealand, though it does not occur on our sub-Antarctic islands, nor on the Kermadecs.

Three subspecies are recognised – one on the North Island and its off-lying islands, one on the South Island, Stewart Island, and their nearby outliers, and one on the Chathams. The differences between the subspecies are small ones of plumage pattern and size.

Except for the Chatham Islands race, the species is dimorphic; that is, two colour phases exist. In addition to the usual pied, or black and white form, there is a black one. This is relatively common in the south-western part of the South Island and is not infrequently met with in other parts of this island and on Stewart Island but is rare in the North Island, though it has been reported from a wide area. Pied and black forms readily breed together to give both black and pied offspring, and matings between two black birds have been reported to yield both black and pied young.

The above obtained from http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/F/Fantail/Fantail/en

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 4:44 p.m.
Date: 21st August 2005
Weather conditions: In Bush Setting Low Natural Light
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw
External Flash: Canon 580EX

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Fantastic portrait, Pam! Well captured face :-) TFS! Michal

Hi Pam,
This is such an excellent shot! The detail in the feathers is very clear, and I love the expression on the little fantail's face. It's so cute! The purplish colour in the eyes is interesting. It's cool how it was looking right at you :)

Pam, pose is excellent, good work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Pam,
Itīs really looking for us. Good sharp. Note excelent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-25 9:54]

This is really cute portrait Pam! Very funny face and brave eyes. It remainds me bird from one Polish cartoon movie ;-)

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  • verar (48)
  • [2005-09-25 10:20]

Wow! what a glare!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-09-25 11:36]

hi pam,
very cute bird... and a wonderful pose...
I like it much.. :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-25 13:56]

Wooow ! What a nice and interesting bird that you have well captured ! I don't like how it looks at me ;-) Its glance is great. Thanks for sharing Pam.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-25 14:36]

Hi Pam,
good portrait, unusual "face" of bird. I like the sharpness and colours. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-25 18:18]

Pam, another winner by you. Excellent and unusual pov, perfect sharpness.

I also enjoy the use of flash, producing a great catchlight in the eyes. A cute and perfect shot.

Great capture of this little bird! I like the look on his face! Excellent details on the black feathers. TFS!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-26 2:46]

This is too funny, Pam. What a fantastic POV. He seems to be looking at you cross-eyed. Sharp details and great composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-26 10:48]

Hello Pam!
Funny capture.Details on black feathers,sharpness,POV,expression on fat birds face and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-27 20:55]

HI Pam
A wonderful shot, these guys don't sit still for long so you have done exteemly well to get so close and so many details.
I like your composition

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-30 0:13]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Pam.

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