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Pied Butcherbird

By rosie42  
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.

Tags: Bird Wildlife and nature

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geoffwd 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 2:48PM
good composition

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rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 2:50PM
Thank you, Geoff - appreciate you taking the time to view and comment.

Susie :o)
justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
8 Oct 2005 2:55PM
An informative narrative and a nice shot.
You've handled the exposure very well here.

rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 2:57PM
Kind of you to stop by, Justin ... thank you.

Susie :o)
tonymarq 11 1 United States
8 Oct 2005 2:58PM
Great capture! great color and detail! tonymarq
rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 3:00PM
Grateful for your feedback, Tony ...

Susie :o)
pcjackso Junior Member 11 7
8 Oct 2005 3:05PM
A Great shot.
rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 3:09PM
Thank you, Pauline - appreciate your comments ...

Susie :o)
Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 3:42PM
nice capture susie
rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 3:45PM
Cheers, Maddie - grateful for you dropping by!

Susie :o)
SueTurner 12 81 3 England
8 Oct 2005 4:08PM
A lovely, pin sharp shot, full of detail
rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 4:14PM
Appreciate your feeedback, Sue - thank you ...

Susie :o)
John_Lee 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 6:52PM
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.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3533 Canada
8 Oct 2005 7:42PM
Lovely shot, - nicely exposed.

rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 8:34PM
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)
VinceJones 11 862 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2005 9:52PM
Hi Susie. I also echo the comments already received. Very pleasing to the eye, well exposed & composed.

rosie42 12 7 Australia
8 Oct 2005 11:20PM
Thank you, Vince - kind of you to view and provide feedback ...

Susie :o)
steve neil 12 597 Australia
9 Oct 2005 1:57AM
Good composition Susie - You're right about their singing - one of my fav birds Smile
rosie42 12 7 Australia
9 Oct 2005 2:59AM
Thank you for taking the time to view and comment, Steve ... always appreciated.

Susie :o)
terry_cavner 11 332 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2005 4:38AM
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
9 Oct 2005 5:34AM
Nicely captured, Susie.
karenpics 11 2
9 Oct 2005 8:40AM
A great shot well done
fossilized 12 79 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2005 10:17AM
Good capture of a stiking looking bird.
C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
9 Oct 2005 1:38PM
Well isolated - great capture...

rosie42 12 7 Australia
9 Oct 2005 2:07PM
Thank you Terry, Jim, Karen, Jean and Caleb for your valued feedback ...

Susie :o)
9 Oct 2005 10:44PM
Susie,, my rushing out to but a ticket is getting nerarer and nearer...
rosie42 12 7 Australia
9 Oct 2005 11:36PM
lol David - you're only human ...

Susie :o)
robadsy 11 348
10 Oct 2005 6:13AM
wow, great job susie.

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

ads :o)
tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2005 8:49AM
Nice photo , well presented.

rosie42 12 7 Australia
10 Oct 2005 1:30PM
Thanks for looking ads and Tim - much appreciated ... oh and ads, I didn't dare breathe!

Susie :o)
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
10 Oct 2005 5:46PM
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.

rosie42 12 7 Australia
10 Oct 2005 6:57PM
Kind of you, Patrick - thank you ...

Susie :o)
glazzaro 11 70 23 United States
11 Oct 2005 6:09PM
Beautiful shot, love the detail and the excellent BG, well done. Did a slight mod also, hope you don't mind. Spot on! Click!!!

rosie42 12 7 Australia
11 Oct 2005 7:06PM
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)
shutter speed 12 369 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2005 2:57PM
Superb capture of the bird and such a detailed description.


Time for your 30th click :o)
rosie42 12 7 Australia
12 Oct 2005 7:01PM
Thank you, Ian - appreciate you dropping by!

Susie :o)
robadsy 11 348
19 Oct 2005 4:19AM
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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