Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Lonchura castaneothorax.

From this morning's birding outing.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 20th March 2010, This photo: 9:21am

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  • Xenedis said:
    Nice, clean composition there. Maybe crop out that top pink flower.
  • James Lagden said:
    Great shot Dave. Now I need to try and post one in a different pose!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah might have to do that, or just clone it out.
    Why do you think I posted this one quickly ? ;-)
  • fotoscape2009 said:
    Great shot and compo.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Beaut Dave.
  • kth_friend said:
    cute little bird... nice shot
    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • Ross_M said:
    They were quite co-operative with that set circuit they flew. It was nice to get this species as I haven't shot it before.
  • golmuso said:
    haven't seen a manakin for agesssss! thanks for showing Dave, nice capture
  • Madiator said:
    560mm! Thats so cool.. and how do you know the name of the bird?
  • David de Groot said:
    Another bird marked off the list :) (132/840ish)
    He (or she) helpfully did laps landing in roughly the same spots each time. I think they were declaring their territory.
    Same here Ross. Well ok, I shot one at OCC last weekend, but it was a long way away.
    Nice to see them about too.
    1.4x teleconvertor on the 400/5.6L, which made it 560mm @f/8 manual focus. I knew what this bird looked like before I shot it, but I have a field guide as well.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    That's a really beaut shot Dave. Beautiful bird.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Awesome :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Jacaranda Blue Photography said:
    Beautiful bird and great DOF! Lovely image!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Spring Noel said:
    Wonderful capture, what a neat little bird, love the background colors too
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :-) He's was a persistent little fellow - not sure if he was marking his territory or displaying to the female.