Grey-breasted Prinia

Grey-breasted Prinia

Grey-breasted Prinia
Grey-breasted Prinia

I photographed this Grey-breasted Prinia, Prinia hodgsonii using Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 300mm f/4.0 L IS USM lens. This skulking passerine warbler is typically found in open woodland, scrub jungle, and other open areas with some grass. This prinia is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka and southeast Asia.

These 11-to-13-centimetre (4 to 5 in) long warblers have short rounded wings, a longish tail, strong legs and a short black bill. In breeding plumage, adults are grey-brown above, with no supercilium, a black eye stripe and orange eyering. They have a rufous wing panel. Grey-breasted Prinia’s underparts are white with a grey breast band. The sexes are identical.

Grey-breasted Prinia
Grey-breasted Prinia

Non-breeding birds have browner upperpart plumage and a white supercilium, but lack the breast band. Young birds are like non-breeding adults but more rufous above. There are a number of subspecies. The distinctive greyer endemic race in Sri Lanka, Prinia hodgsonii leggei, retains summer-type plumage all year round.

Grey-breasted Prinia
Grey-breasted Prinia

Like most warblers, Grey-breasted Prinia is insectivorous. The song is a repetitive chiwee-chiwee-chiwee-chip-chip-chip.

EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/4 | Camera : Canon EOS 7D | Taken : 24 January, 2010 | Flash fired : no | Focal length : 300mm | ISO : 200 | Location : 12° 55′ 19.761239991788″ N 74° 51′ 57.39768019884″ E | Shutter speed : 1/180s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/4 | Camera : Canon EOS 7D | Taken : 24 January, 2010 | Flash fired : no | Focal length : 300mm | ISO : 200 | Location : 12° 55′ 19.761239991788″ N 74° 51′ 57.39768019884″ E | Shutter speed : 1/180s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/4 | Camera : Canon EOS 7D | Taken : 24 January, 2010 | Flash fired : no | Focal length : 300mm | ISO : 200 | Location : 12° 55′ 19.761239991788″ N 74° 51′ 57.39768019884″ E | Shutter speed : 1/180s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.

9 thoughts on “Grey-breasted Prinia

  1. Jerry,
    if you notice my gear list I have 2 bodies now. I agree with you 7D is retrograde as far as the sensor is concerned. I also purchased a 2 camera harness so that I go now like a cowboy to field with 5D Mark Ii + 100mm Macro IS on one shoulder and 7D with 300mm on the other. Other than fast shooting I did not like the quality of images 7D produces. Compare the prenia images taken using 5DMk II & 7D. Only plus point of 7D is fast focus ability.

  2. So you mean to say that 5d Mark II is slower than 7D? I thought that was the best camera that I can get in Canon in terms of everything!! 😮

    I am looking for fast camera – fast focusing and quick capture (not counting sports mode). Currently I am not in DSLR category… still using Powershot S5 IS.
    What would you recommend for me?

  3. Nayan
    Yes 5D mark II is slower than 7D in auto focus department as it is Landscape portrait oriented camera and not meant for wildlife or sports type of photography. If you want fast camera – fast focusing and quick capture Canon EOS 7D is the best value for money and speed. But the 18 Mega pixel is too much to cramp in 1.6x Crop camera. If you want quality over speed 5D mark II wins hands down. So Slow and steady wins the race 😉
    Regards
    Krishna Mohan

  4. Nice! Frankly, I’m interested in portraits and learning fashion photography, all in amateur style. 🙂
    I feel that speed is a necessity for this kind of work. Will 7D be better than 5D Mark II (if the latter is better for slower detailed photography)?
    I am assuming the answer is yes.

    I am a Canon fan, but my friend is Nikon fan. I was once told by a pro that Canon has better sensor and Nikon has better lenses. Is it correct?

    I also heard that the lenses made by Canon are more compatible than Nikon or others. I am all ZERO about lenses. 🙁

    Hehehe.. I think you should answer them in a new post itself as I am asking too many things. 🙂 I am a newbie to DSLR, pardon me for that.

  5. Good question Nayan,
    As Einstein rightly said but in a different context Speed is relative 😉
    For Portraits and Fashion speed of both 7D as well as 5D mk II is more than sufficient. 7D excels is 8 frames per second Machine gun shots as well as very quick auto focus to catch those birds in flight. I doubt you need those for Portaits or fashion. Other than these virtues I find 7D fails if compared to 5D mark II. Of the 2 cameras I use 90% I use 5D mark II. Being Full frame sensor gives a 5D mark II shallow depth of field which is needed for Portraits or fashion. So my choice would be 5Dmk II.

    Frankly there is no different between Nikon or canon or olympus or pentax. Only thing is you get stuck with the system you start with as lenses as well as accessories are not compatible with one another. There are equally good lens and bodies in all these manufacturers. Stick with any one brand. Start small and collect accessories as you need it. Don’t jump and try to buy the best system with all the accessories out there becasue tomorrow all that is bound to become obsolete as the models arrive.
    Regards
    Krishna Mohan

  6. Hmm.. actually, my concern was that I see some DSLR (eg. Nikon D80) not very effective and quick when the lighting is not enough. It slows down pretty much indoors… or maybe I haven’t seen it effective usage.

    So, I would need a camera which would not lose the speed (significantly) when the lighting is not that great (even though increasing ISO is an alternate answer), because I cannot carry a studio along with me. 🙂

    Regarding not to jump to best, I completely agree. Its same with most electronic gadgets. (But buying best option will help you prolong your next buy big time.. good value for money too – 5Dmk II 🙂 )

    Thanks for so much information! I really appreciate it. 🙂

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