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Canon EOS 60D
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Apr 16, 2014, 11:22:48 AM
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by EWilloughby Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by EWilloughby

The blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) is a very small passerine that breeds in deciduous forests and thickets all throughout the US. While a fairly common bird, they are tiny and very erratic in their foraging behavior, and this is the first time I've managed to photograph one this closely. This little fellow was bopping around, feeding and singing on a brisk April morning - a new summer arrival this spring migration. Males are differentiated from females by the quality of the blue sheen as well as the prominence of the black "unibrow".

While superficially similar to flycatchers, gnatcatchers are actually more closely related to wrens, and are part of the superfamily that includes nuthatches and treecreepers.

Captured in Somerset, NJ.

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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Why?  Why can't I snuggle him?
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mishkuu Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so awesome
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steppeland Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Photographer
Great capture!
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FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just discovered yesterday that WE have these little buggers out back. Wonderful. I like these little fellows. :D  :clap: I'm always on the "hunt" for new birds in my area. It's thrilling to me.
This is such a neat capture. :aww: Lucky you, you got this one to sit still long enough. Mine never stopped hopping around (just as you said in your comments) and the auto lens on the camera was constantly confused. :blushes: (Kinglets are just as bad. They and gnatcatchers feed the same way.)
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely capture. I've never gotten to see a gnatcatcher, so I'm jealous right now.
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
VERY well done!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Been seeing these lately as well. Easy to get good looks of, but not easy to photograph indeed!
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Synari Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh I thought I saw one of these the other day...looking at where you captured the photo tis very close to my location, so its entirely likely! Extraordinary shot; they are just as difficult as tree-creepers to photograph!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I just saw one this weekend as well, but it was zipping around too much for me to get any decent photos. Well done!
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PEEP PEEP
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