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Ashy Prinia


Ashy Prinia
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זכות יוצרים: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4289 W: 231 N: 13908] (55865)
ז'נר: Animals
מדיום: צבעוני
תאריך צילום: 2007-08-08
קטגוריות: Birds
מצלמה: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
תאריך טעינה: 2007-08-11 3:24
נצפה: 2685
נקודות: 26
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ASHY PRINIA

Friends, I have been wanting to do some serious bird shooting, but the circumstances have yet to allow me to embark on a purposeful mission to a place like Bharatpur sanctuary or any similar place where birds abound. Maybe I’ll do it when it gets a little cooler in north India.
My efforts at bird pictures have been tentative thus far. For example, this bird I am posting today was shot a few days back in our complex garden. I had seen it off and on in one corner where there are a lot of miniature bamboo bushes. I think it has a nest there.

It was early evening the day I went out into the garden to shoot some birds. As luck would have it, I not only noticed this very small bird but also a bevy of Red Vented Bulbuls intent on pampering and training a fledgling. Using my 70-300mm lens, I tried a few shots. The bamboo grove was already in the shadows of the neighbouring buildings and the light conditions were poor. A slight breeze ruffled the vegetation, making it difficult to focus on the subjects. Luckily, the birds did choose to perch on railings from time to time and I took advantage of that fact.

The Bulbul pictures did not turn out to be any good. However, I thought this single picture of the small bird was worth giving a try on TN. I had to do a lot of work on Photoshop CS2 to make it presentable. The noise in the final version had to be removed with NeatImage.
Unfortunately a bamboo leaf obstructs the view of the bird partially, but I cannot do anything about it.

I tried to ID the bird on the net, but since my knowledge about birds is quite poor, I did not succeed in the effort.

PS: Thanks to Sumon, I think we have the correct ID of this bird. It is called Ashy Prinia(Prinia socialis). Here is a short note on it:

Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler is slightly smaller than a sparrow. It is ashy slate-coloured above and fluvous white below. The loose, longish, graduated, black-and-white tipped tail is carried partially erect and constantly shaken up and down. Both sexes are alike. Its winter plumage is less slaty, more brown, than in summer. It is seen in pairs in gardens and well-watered scrub country. Frequenting shrubbery in gardens, reeds bordering streams, and moist grassland and scrub, it hops about quietly among bushes, shaking its tail loosely up and down and uttering a sharp call from time to time. Its nesting season is from March to September, mainly after the onset of the monsoon. It builds two types of nests - 1) Like a Tailor Bird's, in a funnel of stitched leaves, and 2) an oblong purse of woven fibres tacked and bound with cobweb to the supporting leaves of a low bush.
(http://hsb.iitm.ac.in/~prakriti/ashywrenwarbler.html)

Thanks for looking at the picture and regards to all.

pankajbajpai, izler, haraprasan, eqshannon, jaycee, nglen, Argus, parthasarathi, gannu has marked this note useful
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hello Mr Ram Thakur,
nice capture, the bg of this shot looks classy with play of light and dark shades, i do not have any idea about the species, nice pov, beautiful composition, good framing,
tfs & regards
pankaj

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-11 3:40]

selam ram
sorry i have no idea about its species. have you got another captured poses of its?
i know its difficult capturing through branches but i like composition, point of view, blurred background, colours and framing
thanks for sharing
regards
izler

Hi Ram,beautiful artistic composition, pleasant with regarder.TFS
Mich,

I love this technique. Almost like a silk painting. You also presented it in that way. It is a piece of art work Ram. Only by you!

Bob

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2007-08-11 5:11]
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Hi Ram,
Wonderful shot of this cute little bird. I think it is ASHY PRINA (Prinia socialis). Very impressive sharpness and lovely colours. The BG sets up a nice tone and looks superb. I wish the green leaf obstructing the bird was not there. Excellent POV to portray this bird and very well composed. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

Hello Sir,
Very good picture with good pOV and DOF. I liked the orange colour in the background. Good composition with good colours.
I too think Sumon is right in his id of the bird, or else it can be Plain Wren Warbler (Plain Prinia).The Ashy Wren Warbler is ash above and white below where as the Plain Wren Warbler is earthy brown above.
I hope the information will be useful to you.
TFS,
Smitha.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-11 8:07]

Hi Ram,

A very artistic and pretty picture of this little bird. The unusual orange background sets him off well. You caught him in a wonderful pose. I like the frame.

Jane

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-11 8:19]

Hi Ram.Help all ways comes from someone on TN with the ID. Good shot of the little bird. good detail and colours , with the warm back ground helping to set it off. a nice POV/DOF. with good notes.well done TFS.
Nick..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-08-11 9:58]

Hello Ram,
In my experience Ashy Prinias are very active and hard to catch in the open so the bit of bamboo leaf in front of it is pretty normal.
Though it looks like you have had to crop this fairly heavily, the Prinia comes through quite sharply and I like the composition with the blurred orange BG,
Thanks for sharing,
Best wishes, Ivan

Belle photo de cet oiseau, le flou exterieure nous le montre mieu, il se dיtache bien et apparait plus net. Amitiיs Thomas

Yes, the bird is Ashy Wern-Warbler or Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis Sykes), in Hindi called as 'Phutki'. The size is Sparrow (-). Other informations what you have given is perfect. The picture is really decent. It is tough to click these restless small birds.
Thanks.

Hi Mr. Ram,
I searched a lot to ID this bird. But couldn't found any info about. I guess it is some sort of robin, chat or wheatear but not sure. Beautifully captured with excellent details although low light conditions.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Sincerely
HP

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-08-12 5:36]

Ram Sir, Just simply beauty and amazing shot. What a pose and eye contact ganesh

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