My Tailorbird is Rich

Dark-necked Tailorbird. Image created on July 25, 2009 at the MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore (Central Catchment Reserve) with Canon EOS-1D Mark III and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS at 400mm. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/160s, Evaluative metering.

In old days, english lessons given to french speaking kids always started by “My tailor is rich”. As french speaker, I can’t not think about this very simple sentence when I see or hear about a “Tailorbird”. Singapore is blessed with a few species, amongst them the most common is the Ashy Tailorbird. In mid-2009, I was lucky to find a dark-necked tailorbird during a short walk at the MacRitchie. I thought for awhile that in fact this bird was a Ashy Tailorbird until last weekend when, with the family, we went walking at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore where we could see a male and female Ashy Tailorbird. They are very similar with the Dark-necked Tailorbird but lack the greenish upperpart and the yellow vent.

Ashy Tailborbird (male), image created on September 21, 2013 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. ISO 1600, f/9, 1/200s, Evaluative metering +1/3 EV.

Ashy Tailborbird (male), image created on September 21, 2013 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. ISO 1600, f/9, 1/200s, Evaluative metering +1/3 EV.

When the bird seemed to fly away, my daughter spotted another Ashy Tailorbird and as I was unable to see it she asked me “Can I use your camera?”, nodding she went to the huge lens, mounted on a tripod, climbed on a bench, pointed the camera and shoot the following image, her first at a focal of 1000mm and sharp given she was at 1/160s! for 9 y.o. she’s doing quite alright, “this is only logical” would she say…

Ashy Tailorbird (f) (Meli Master)

Ashy Tailborbird (female), image created on September 21, 2013 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. ISO 1600, f/9, 1/160s, Evaluative metering +1/3 EV.

 

 

A moment later I got my chance as well to get the female, though I’m quite certain I didn’t do as well as my daughter…

Ashy Tailorbird (f) (Master)

Ashy Tailborbird (female), image created on September 21, 2013 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. ISO 1600, f/9, 1/200s, Evaluative metering +1/3 EV.

My Tailorbird is RichChristian C. Berclaz
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