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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

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The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), L:8.5" WS: 11" WT: 1.3ozs, is common in brushy woods and damp shaded areas, foraging for insects and other invertebrates and berries. Overall slaty grey plumage with a blackish cap and distinctive orange colouring on the underside of the tail; no other Eastern bird is this colour. The song is a rambling halting warble, with catlike mewing and interspersed sharp chirps. There were a number of these birds in our friends' garden and, like our own robin, they seemed very people-friendly and would perch close-by, watching us and entertaining us with their miaowing!

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my Baltimore Oriole upload and thanks to Pete for the HC on my American Robin - all really appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 May 2011 - 8:53 PM
Focal Length:500mm 7.6m from subject tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:4 Jun 2011 - 5:15 PM
Tags:Cape-cod, Catbird, Chatham, Dumetella-carolinensis, Gray, Grey, Massachusetts, Usa, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature
Votes:39

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 5:32 PM

A top shot Sylvia, what a handsome little bird. He's posing so proudly for you

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 5:44 PM

delightful if only I had an award to give outSmile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 5:44 PM

A superb image, Sylvia. Carol

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 5:49 PM

This is a special one Sylvia, the pose and positioning in the frame are perfect. - gary

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
4 Jun 2011 - 5:52 PM

A beaut.
Cheers
Alan

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 5:58 PM

A stunning bird Sylvia. Easy to see how it got its name.
Ron

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 6:28 PM

A really excellent shot with a delightful pose of a bird I do not recall ever have seen before, and I have to admit have never heard of. It's amazing what one can learn from this site other than photographic techniques, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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TonyDy
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4 Jun 2011 - 6:48 PM

Excellent shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 7:00 PM

A splendid pose Sylvia Smile
Helen

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 7:16 PM

great comp sylvia cracking detail and tones a belter nice one Wink
andy

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Samuel_Aron
4 Jun 2011 - 7:26 PM

Stunning shot!
Sam.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 7:38 PM

A beautiful bird and a superb pose very well captured.
Steve.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 8:27 PM

wow what excellent pin sharp detail here sylvia!!! fantastic x x

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 11:12 PM

A superb capture, never heard of the catbird. .......Sandy

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 4:36 PM


Quote: A stunning bird Sylvia. Easy to see how it got its name.
Ron

Also easy to hear how it got its name.
Wonderful capture Sylvia.
You didn't miss a thing today as we didn't see a single dragonfly. For the best place in the country the weather won. Hope you are feeling better
Richard

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 6:18 PM

Such a wonderful little bird Sylvia,
so well captured with the very alert look in his eye
Lillian

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91895 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 8:20 PM

Beautifully detailed bird Sylvia against a very complementary bg. Interesting info too.
Brian.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 12:30 PM

An outstanding shot in all respects Sylvia.....top notch!
Geoff.

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 5:52 PM

Superbly detailed capture in perfect pose.

Fran

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