Photo of the Week: Black-naped Monarch

9/16/2013 | 0


Black-naped Monarch ©2013 Jose E. Hernandez

A male Black-naped Monarch pauses in the fork of a tree in Bhandhavguarh National Park in north-central India. The bird is a member of the large monarch flycatcher family, which occurs primarily in the Old World.

Males are mostly brilliant azure-blue. The black nape patch can be raised into a pointed crest, as this photo shows. Jose Hernandez of Carrollton, Virginia, found the bird and its mate in April 2013 at the beginning of breeding season. He followed their nest-building process for four days. “The female did all the work and once in a while the male showed up to see the progress,” Jose says.

He used a Canon 5D Mark III with a 400mm lens.

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