My submitted photo is a portrait of Philippine pied fantail usually endemic in Philippines. This bird usually seen on any backyards of any houses here in Philippines, but taking photograph of it is rare because it is so erratic and fast moving. One afternoon, I saw a pair of this bird playing together or maybe on courtship, one bird is biting the tail of the other, jumping on every branches of our mango tree and they are so noisy, it's like they are shouting to each other. So, I grabbed my camera and studied on a possible area where this bird may perch when they get tired. I cannot set on where I can point my camera because they cannot stay on one area even for 1 second and almost all of the time, they are on flight in a not so good weather, it was gloomy on that afternoon. Finally, maybe it got me around 40-50 minutes of waiting, one fantail started to perched on a rod in front of me, around 5-8 meters, ignoring the other one, I guessed they already finished their game, and so, I waited for this bird to perch again and luckily, it came back on that same rod, and so, I got a good view of its full body and pressed my camera's shutter. The bonus part of it, is that, it gave me a strict look straight to the lens capturing the white line above its eye, it is like a nice curved eye-brow.
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Clare Disano • Editor