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Fork Tailed Drongo. Generally stays under the tree canopy, feeds by diving to the ground and catching flying insects and returns to the canopy to kill them by smashing them against the tree.
Looks like he is giving you the 'eye'. Excellent portrait of this dark fellow. TG
Another good image John, well captured
You have great patience, waiting to get just the right shot. Very good capture, and nice portrait, John.
Surely not the mozzies keeping you awake again John ! A great capture of this lovely bird ! We have them down here as well
A wonderful sheen on his plumage, John, two excellent captures. Carol
Great picture v1 is better.
Two super captures John - a lovely looking bird in a very nice natural surrounding. First class as usual.
Aye lovely looking bird but Drongo !! what a shame imagine being called a drongo
Two excellent images John of a beautiful looking bird, really nice
Two great shots, and love the detail and contact in the eye John
Two excellent images, beautifully captured and presented
I knew it was yours from the gallery.
Another great image of a lovely bird.
I could sit and watch Birds all day
Two great images John. Well captured
Superb capture, John !
Two excellent captures, John.
Excellent, cant choose between the two. Great detail and superb dof.
Lovely uncluttered image with the is fellow with the name which makes me smile DRONGO!
2 beautiful images John but V1 for me. Love the eye contact.
A very interesting narrative John
He sounds a right mean critter
Love the eye
PS Thanks for the UA
yes I agree with Rod a Drongo sounds a bit harsh but love the capture and the tones captured, and a grand wee bit of catch light in the eye a very pleasing image ...many thanks for your kind comments
An interesting and informative foreword supported by two stunning images which are pin sharp.
Excellent capture with beautiful background. And what a great name
Super detailed shot
.................... and he looks like such a nice fella
Excellent shots John,
Two excellent shot of this menacing looking bird, the detail and clarity in the plumage is exceedingly good and I like the evil red eye
Two very good images John, lots of detail in the plumage, V1 for the eye contact. Great shots.
Lovely over the shoulder pose with fine eye and superb exposure of the black plumage, complemented by very attractive blurred background tones.
This bird featured in the recent David Attenborough series. Apparently it can mimic the predatory call of a hawk, causing Meerkats to scramble into hiding, thus leaving the grubs they had been digging up for the Drongo to steal!! I wonder whether anybody else saw the programme? Nature is amazing.
The background is as beautiful as the fine plumage. I remember the event Sylvia describes above, good thinking. Was amazed by the clever bird!
Btw I loved your rant about the award gallery.
Here was https://www.ephotozine.com/user/annettep38-162081/gallery/photo/getting-ready-fo... my revenge for the photos you mentioned !
HERE is the link for a short video clip from David Attenboroughs series, showing how the Drongo outsmarts Meerkats - fascinating and hilarious
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