Saturday, December 18, 2010

Red-billed Leiothrix


I will never ever become a famous bird photographer (not that it was ever a career goal  anyway). I just couldn't adjust the apeture and focus fast enough to get  good snapshots of the birds in the zoo's avairy. The vast majority of photos got sent to the deleted items folder; this was one of the better ones and I think it's terrible compared to the ones I've taken of the birds that come to my small garden.


This is a Red-billed Leiothrix, also known as a Pekin Robin or a Pekin Nightingale. Those two last names are misnomers as they are not related to either Old World robins or nightingales. They are a common bird found throughout Southeast Asia and China.



8 comments:

Carolina said...

But they do resemble the nightingale my aunt had in a cage and that sang beautifully. Perhaps it was a so called Pekin Nightingale. I don't know. I always feel sorry for a bird in a cage. Even if it's taken care of very well.
However, back to your photo. I think this shot isn't all that bad. I know how difficult it is to make decent photos of birds. They are so quick. We just have to keep practicing ;-)

Carolina said...

Oh, and I've bought an external flashy thingy for my camera this afternoon. Yet another set of buttons I'll have to get familiar with. But I've just made a couple of shots, flashing via the ceiling, and I'm quite happy. Exciting isn't it? And it looks very professional. Oh how deceiving looks can be ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful colors.

frayedattheedge said...

Beautiful birds, as was the one in the previous post .... I only has a LBJ for my last bird photo (mine aren't very good as they are taken on full zoom through a window!!)
I haven't been able to track down that quilt block - the nearest I could find is a variation of churn dash.

Anyes said...

You are way too hard on yourself...
I have to say I love the blurry forefront of your photograph and the two Red-billed Leiothrix, seem to come alive, about ready to fly off.
I love it :-)

Val said...

Exquisite little birds and the picture is not as bad as you feel. I know how difficult it is to shoot through lots of leaves and at such fast moving subjects. I'm loving your bird series.

rachel said...

Still magical to those of us who have never seen these birds!

Karen said...

Carolina: My mantra is practice, practice, practice and I have birds just right outside the dining room. I can't attach (or hotshoe) an external flash for the FZ35 so I use the flash sparingly and edit in PS.

Anonymous: Thank you (friend? family? someone passing by?)

Anne: But that tree sparrow was exceedingly cute especially the head-on shot. The names coming up for the barn quilt are Monkeywrench, Duck and Ducklings, Corn and Beans or Churndash. Take your pick. Looks like a lot of names for the same pattern.

Anyes: Plus PhotoShopping to sharpen up the birds. . .

Val: It looks with the type of terrible weather that we are getting here in North Carolina that I will be stuck in the house taking lots of bird pictures. Hope you guys don't get bored.

Rachel: But you and Anne have some of the most wonderful birds I've never seen and won't see here in our zoo's aviary as they are considered too common.