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Xolmis cinerea

Xolmis cinerea
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-05 23:33
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the things I like the most about this bird is, of course, its red eye. The shot was taken in the campus of a local college.

The Grey Monjita (in Portuguese, "Maria-Branca" - White-Mary) is found from the mouth of the Amazon to the border of Peru and south from here to south-east Brazil and central Argentina. However it is lacking from coastal north-east Brazil.

This flycatcher inhabits grasslands with scattered trees and cerrado. Where present it is usually easily seen perched on fences or on top of bushes. On a few occasions, I observed it at times flying slowly with its feet dangling as seen in the 4th photo. During the breeding season, they have an undulating display flight.

It is ashy grey above with white above the lores. The wings are mostly black with a white speculum when at rest which is seen as a very conspicuous white "V" in flight. The tail is black with a broad white tip.
The throat is white with a broad dark grey malar stripe while the breast is ashy grey and the belly is white.

(Source: http://www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/greymonjita.html)

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Hello Livio,
A fine bird and so nicely captured with great details in the plumage!
Attractive composition with a strong diagonal, DOF works well to blur out the somewhat busy background!
Pablo -

Hi Livio
great compo with perfect exposure and great presentation of the red eye: good eye contact and great catchlight

Hello Livio, what a splendid shot, colors and sharpness are very good, excellent lihgting, lovely pose ad good composition, I like very much his red eye
cheer ans TFS,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-06 3:14]

Hi Livio,
Wow this is good! The colours and red-eys look nice and clear. It's an attractive bird and well caught,

Hi Livio,
You've managed the difficult light and shadows here very well with great use of fill flash..Sharp detail and great DOF with the whole bird in, blurring the BG nicely. The blues & greens of the BG work well..I like the POV, pose, and composition here also :)
Very well done mf.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-06 12:16]

Hey Livio another great bird shot from you. Great composition, good pose from the bird, very sharp and a perfect exposure, well done ! Thanks,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-06 12:30]

Hi Livio,

A wonderful capture of this fine looking bird. I like the red eye too. His colors are beautiful. Wonderful pose on the tree.


Hola Livio,
An excellent close-up of this bird, details and sharpness are very good. Nice document. I like BG.

Ola Livio,
Excelente nitidez,foto muito linda,nota 10.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-06 18:01]

Hola Livio. Fina la foto. Bellos colores del plumaje de esta Ave. El color de sus ojos es exelente. Bien hecho Livio. Me agrada su pose tambien. Saludos Luis52.

Hi Livio,
A beautiful capture of this red eyed fly catcher. Excellent composition with very good details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-07 14:58]

Hi Livio,
WHAT A MARVELOUS SHARP AND COLOURFUL PICTURE! the focus is ferfectly done on the this amazing red eye! BG likes an «aquarelle» and the DOF is an eye delight.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-10-08 4:13]

Bonjour Livio,
Bravo pour cette belle capture,cet oiseau est magnifique.Son regard est perçant et les détails du plumage sont extras.

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