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Sun Conure

Sun Conure
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-29 1:22
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Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)
The Sun Conure can be found in most of South and Central America. Some species are also well represented in the West Indies, as well as parts of Mexico. In the wild sun conures are friendly, peaceful birds and seldom fight with each other. They live together in groups of twenty or more birds, even during the mating season, and feed on various seeds, fruits, and insects.

Hailing from the northeastern coast of South America, sun conures are approximately 12 inches in length, including their long tail. Their body build is slender, and their feathers are bright, iridescent shades of orange, blue, yellow and green. Unlike some other species which have definite coloration patterns, the sun conures sometimes have a combination of these colors over almost any part of their bodies. Young sun conures tend to have feathers which are predominantly green, while older birds sport more of the yellow or reddish-orange. This change of feather coloring from green to the brighter oranges, golds and yellows is most noticeable on the back, abdomen and head of the bird as it matures. General plumage is yellow and green while the cheeks, forehead, abdomen and down to the lower back are tinged with bright fiery orange. The outer webs of the primary flight feathers are a deep blue while the primaries are bright green; the secondaries are also green. The upper side of the tail is colored an olive-green with blue tips; the under tail-coverts are green with a marked yellow tinge; the median and greater upper wing-coverts are green with yellow edging. All of these colors become brighter and more vivid as the bird matures, with some birds sporting almost totally yellow tones in their body color. The beak and feet are both black.

A baby Sun Conure will be a mix of dark green, yellow and orange colors. Over a period of about 6-8 months, the darker green feathers will be molted out and replaced by brilliant yellow ones on the chest, head and back.

The picture was taken late afternoon, in complete shadow and poor light, at the Monte Casino Bird Park. I did some work with PS CS2's clone tool, removing ring around its leg, and I also removed lots of mieliepap (that's what it looked like) from its head.

I have once again copied shamelessly, this time from The Sun Conure web page.

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Magic colours Jan Hendrik. Sharp image and depth of field well executed. You can certainly handle that 300D of yours. I have never seen one of these fellows before. Will have to check out that bird park next time I am over there. Can we expect to see some other good stuff from there? Good note too, well researched. Chers Rob. PS - My old home town must be cooking in the face of tommorrow's rugby action, hou duim vas.

Hi Jan Hendrik,
this is an wonderful shot. This is an very colourful parrot. Great Details. I like this picture. Good job.

Nice colorful shot of a lovely Parrot, I like very much the Parrots.
Composition is great, and background is so lovely. Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-29 3:22]

The colors on that bird are just incredible. You captured him with sharp details, beautiful light, great composition against a stunning background. Well done and TFS. : )

Baie mooi ou maat !!!

Well done. Nice rich colors. Good DOF.

Nice one.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-29 11:12]

he is beautiful Jan hendrik,
fantastic capture, great colours, good in pov and what a great dof, very good job I like it a lot,
groetjes Jaap

Jan-Hendrik, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

Well worth the effort Jan, this is lovely. Beautifully sharp with great BG and wonderful colours. Excellent :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-30 4:41]

What a superb colored bird that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great ! Thanks for sharing Jan.

Very attractive parrot, must be great to see a flock of these in the wild or even your zoo.
The conure is well composed and looks in good condition for a captive bird, especially after you fine PS work. Good POV, BG and DOF.

Hello Jan Hendrik,
Perching, compo, background, colours and so forth...
are all very nice!
"Expect to encounter such fellows in South-America",I wanted to write but it is taken in a Bird Park...
Well done...

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