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Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis

Australia has few finer songbirds than the Pied Butcherbird. We were delighted by its loud, pure whistling notes ringing through the still morning air during a recent stay in Maleny in Queensland. When in a dawn chorus with his cousin the grey butcherbird, a family of magpies, a flock of currawongs, and the occasional crack of a whipbird, the effect is pure magic.

They live in small family groups with the immature birds helping to raise their younger siblings before being roundly ejected from the group to find their own territory or mate.

Oh, and these birds aren't called butcherbirds for nothing. This charming songster rates with hawks as the terror of small birds. It feeds mainly by flying down from a perch and seizing its prey on the ground; although it's very capable of catching a ball of minced meat thrown to it on the wing! Because its feet are too small to hold down its prey effectively, the bird will wedge its catch into a tree fork or onto a thorn before dining - an action which earns it the name 'butcherbird'.

The Pied Butcherbird is distributed throughout mainland Australia except for the extreme southern coastlines.

This shot was captured handheld at a distance of about 20 metres - a tripod certainly would've been helpful ...

All feedback (+/-) welcomed.

e2 members - please click on the link to the larger version for a clearer view

Susie :o)

Edit - oops, the lens used was a Canon 75-300mm.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Canon EF-S 18-55
Recording media:CF
Title:Pied Butcherbird
Username:rosie42 rosie42
Uploaded:8 Oct 2005 - 2:46 PM
Tags:Bird, Wildlife / nature
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geoffwd
geoffwd e2 Member 9geoffwd vcard United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 - 2:48 PM

good composition

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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 2:50 PM

Thank you, Geoff - appreciate you taking the time to view and comment.

Susie :o)

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justin c
justin c e2 Member 114574 forum postsjustin c vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2005 - 2:55 PM

An informative narrative and a nice shot.
You've handled the exposure very well here.

Justin.

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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 2:57 PM

Kind of you to stop by, Justin ... thank you.

Susie :o)

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tonymarq
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8 Oct 2005 - 2:58 PM

Great capture! great color and detail! tonymarq

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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 3:00 PM

Grateful for your feedback, Tony ...

Susie :o)

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8 Oct 2005 - 3:05 PM

A Great shot.
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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 3:09 PM

Thank you, Pauline - appreciate your comments ...

Susie :o)

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Maddie
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8 Oct 2005 - 3:42 PM

nice capture susie

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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 3:45 PM

Cheers, Maddie - grateful for you dropping by!

Susie :o)

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SueTurner
SueTurner e2 Member 1081 forum postsSueTurner vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2005 - 4:08 PM

A lovely, pin sharp shot, full of detail
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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 4:14 PM

Appreciate your feeedback, Sue - thank you ...

Susie :o)

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John_Lee
John_Lee e2 Member 9John_Lee vcard United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 - 6:52 PM

Thanks for the write-up. Having spent 6 months travelling around Australia one of the things we remember very clearly was the fantastic range of birdsong - in particular the whip-bird. Nice photo too. The catchlight is very bright, were you using a flash? Good exposure control to capture detail in the black and white plumage.

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banehawi
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8 Oct 2005 - 7:42 PM

Lovely shot, - nicely exposed.

W

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rosie42
rosie42 e2 Member 10rosie42 vcard Australia
8 Oct 2005 - 8:34 PM

Thank you, John - appreciate you taking the time to view and comment. And no, no flash - this shot was captured handheld from a distance of about 20 metres ...

Grateful for your comments, Willie - thank you ...

Susie :o)

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VinceJones
VinceJones e2 Member 9862 forum postsVinceJones vcard United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 - 9:52 PM

Hi Susie. I also echo the comments already received. Very pleasing to the eye, well exposed & composed.

Vince

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rosie42
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8 Oct 2005 - 11:20 PM

Thank you, Vince - kind of you to view and provide feedback ...

Susie :o)

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steve neil
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9 Oct 2005 - 1:57 AM

Good composition Susie - You're right about their singing - one of my fav birds Smile

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rosie42
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9 Oct 2005 - 2:59 AM

Thank you for taking the time to view and comment, Steve ... always appreciated.

Susie :o)

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9 Oct 2005 - 4:38 AM

Awesome

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old timer
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9 Oct 2005 - 5:34 AM

Nicely captured, Susie.
Jim

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9 Oct 2005 - 8:40 AM

A great shot well done
karen

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9 Oct 2005 - 10:17 AM

Good capture of a stiking looking bird.

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C_Daniels
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9 Oct 2005 - 1:38 PM

Well isolated - great capture...

Caleb,

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rosie42
rosie42 e2 Member 10rosie42 vcard Australia
9 Oct 2005 - 2:07 PM

Thank you Terry, Jim, Karen, Jean and Caleb for your valued feedback ...

Susie :o)

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david deveson e2 Member 1058 forum postsdavid deveson vcard Italy2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2005 - 10:44 PM

Susie,, my rushing out to but a ticket is getting nerarer and nearer...
David

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9 Oct 2005 - 11:36 PM

lol David - you're only human ...

Susie :o)

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robadsy
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10 Oct 2005 - 6:13 AM

wow, great job susie.

awesome clarity depth of field, and to get it hand held... well done!!

ads :o)

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10 Oct 2005 - 8:49 AM

Nice photo , well presented.

Tim

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rosie42
rosie42 e2 Member 10rosie42 vcard Australia
10 Oct 2005 - 1:30 PM

Thanks for looking ads and Tim - much appreciated ... oh and ads, I didn't dare breathe!

Susie :o)

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PatrickSmith e2 Member 91205 forum postsPatrickSmith vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2005 - 5:46 PM

I remember seeing your shots a few months ago and then nothing more. I see you have a few new ones. I'll have to browse through them and make a comment on my favourite.

This is really good for being hand held. Great desription too. I never realized they did that.

Patrick

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rosie42
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10 Oct 2005 - 6:57 PM

Kind of you, Patrick - thank you ...

Susie :o)

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11 Oct 2005 - 6:09 PM

Beautiful shot, love the detail and the excellent BG, well done. Did a slight mod also, hope you don't mind. Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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rosie42
rosie42 e2 Member 10rosie42 vcard Australia
11 Oct 2005 - 7:06 PM

Hello Greg - thank you so much for taking the time to view, comment and prepare a modified version! The details of your modifications provide a great learning tool for me, and I'm very grateful for your kind assistance ....

Susie :o)

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shutter speed
12 Oct 2005 - 2:57 PM

Superb capture of the bird and such a detailed description.

Regards
Ian.

Time for your 30th click :o)

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rosie42
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12 Oct 2005 - 7:01 PM

Thank you, Ian - appreciate you dropping by!

Susie :o)

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robadsy
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19 Oct 2005 - 4:19 AM

hee hee, hi again susie.

the butcher birds we have around where i am look like mini kookaburras. perhaps in a similar family? but yes they are timid little buggers!!

hee hee, ads :o)

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