American Redstart

Posted by Matthew Studebaker on Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:52 am

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Canon 7DII
Canon 600mm
ISO 400

I was shooting this scene at f5.6 to ensure a nice clean background. I only wish I had slightly more DOF in order to gain a little sharpness at the end of the tail here, but I chose this shot because I just loved the pose. Redstarts are thought to sometimes flare their tails to flush insects and eat them. I see that a lot from painted redstarts in Arizona but when I see American Redstarts flair their tail it's usually when another redstart is around. In this case it was a young male coming into the area who was likely also responding to the scold call that I was playing on my speaker. 
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by Ron Day on Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:11 pm
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A super nice image, Matthew. The bird is gorgeous and is perched beautifully. Great background as well. Excellent work.

by Gene Gwin on Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:55 pm
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Matthew, Agree that a bigger f number would have been better, but the head and perch is sharp enough that the tail does not detract, imho.

by clement on Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:47 pm
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Very cute and brilliantly shot

by david fletcher on Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:23 pm
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Beautifully done Matthew. Super perch and brilliant looking pose on the bird
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:30 am
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A lovely behaviour capture of this little beauty! It works as is very well.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:52 pm
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Love Redstarts and this one is a beauty- I can see why you chose this particular pose. That fan tail is terrific.
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by David J. Bogener on Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:12 pm
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Love it. Nice pose and perch Background compliments the subject. Well done. Also, thank you for your suggestions on the Barrow's goldeneye I posted last. Much improved.

by Debapratim Saha on Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:18 am
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Excellent ,lovely setting,like every thing about this.
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