Golden-headed Cisticola

A tail-less cisticola could be a fledgling or an older bird that has made a dramatic escape, leaving a predator with a bill full of tail feathers.

 

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 400

 

Golden-headed Cisticola usually measure 10cm, the one above is probably about 6cm though it would still weigh approximately 10g. They are beautiful little birds. They eat insects and seeds from among tall grasses.

 

 

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 1600

 

It’s usually a fairly easy decision to work out which crop best suits an image but I’ve been struggling with this shot, a lot.

I like the wide shot above but wonder if the out of focus foliage is too distracting. I’ve cropped the shot as a horizonal 3×2 (above), and as a vertical 4×5 and as a 1×1 below, but can see issues with each choice. If you have a favourite, or a least-liked, I’d be pleased to know your thoughts.

 

 

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 1600

 

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 1600

 

The cisticola’s wind-ruffled feathers look so pretty. I enjoy watching these little beauties,  they never fail to delight me.

Happy birding

Kim

 

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