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Lesser Double-collared Sunbird

Lesser Double-collared Sunbird
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 9:31
Viewed: 7483
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another bird from my archives. It’s a scanned slide. This photo is made in 2002, the pro-digital period. But after some processing in PS I hope good enough to show you. Hope you like it.

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird or Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris chalybeus (formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia), is a small passerine bird which breeds in southern South Africa. It is mainly resident, but partially migratory in the north-east of its range.

This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. The Southern Double-collared Sunbird breeds from April to December, depending on region. The closed oval nest is constructed from grass, lichen and other plant material, bound together with spider webs. It has a side entrance which sometimes has a porch, and is lined with wool, plant down and feathers.

The Lesser Double-collared Sunbird is 12 cm long. The adult male has a glossy, metallic green head, throat upper breast and back. It has a brilliant red band across the chest, separated from the green breast by a narrow metallic blue band. The rest of the underparts are whitish. When displaying, yellow feather tufts can be seen on the shoulders. As with other sunbirds the bill is long and decurved. The bill, legs and feet are black. The eye is dark brown. The male can be distinguished from the similar Greater Double-collared Sunbird by its smaller size, narrower red chest band and shorter bill.
The female Lesser Double-collared Sunbird has brown upperparts and yellowish-grey underparts. The juvenile resembles the female. The female is greyer below than the female Orange-breasted Sunbird, and darker below than the female Dusky Sunbird.

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is usually seen singly or in small groups. Its flight is fast and direct on short wings. It lives mainly on nectar from flowers, but takes some fruit, and, especially when feeding young, insects and spiders. It can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perches to feed most of the time.

The call is a hard chee-chee, and the song is high pitched jumble of tinkling notes, rising and falling in pitch and tempo for 3-5 seconds or more.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-25 9:57]

hi peter,
nice picture,

Nice colors and TFS

Hello Peter
You have made a terrific job of scanning and posting this wonderful sunbird which is anew one to me...A perfect agile pose with super details and colours.
Best Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-25 10:07]

Hello Peter,
For a scanned slide this is a fine capture of the Lesser Double-collard Sunbird. The POV lighting and sharpness show the features well and the pose is excellent.
Thanks for taking this one from your archives,

Hello my beloved friend Peter,
Superb capture of this beautifully coloured Southern Double-collared Sunbird which I have not seen to date. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-25 10:58]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot and a fabulous job on the scanning. Superb colours and details on its plumage with perfect lighting and exposure. I like the distinct layers of colours and the intensity on its eyes. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-25 12:57]

Hi Peter. We are seeing some fine bird pictures on Tn at the momment this may be six years old but a very good picture . showing all the detail and colours so well. TFS. Nick..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-25 16:54]

Hi Peter,

I love Sunbirds to begin with but this one with the irridescence and beautiful colors is special. Sharp details and wonderful pose.


Hello Peter,
Perfect and lovely capture of this beauty. TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-25 18:05]

Hello Peter,

I'm sorry my friend but I don't have time for a proper critique but I'll take the time to congratulate you for this lovely shot


Hello Peter,
Lovely shot of a beautiful bird with a lovely pose! Fine POV, excellent DOF & framing too. TFS. Regards,

Hallo Peter,

een mooie vogel heb je gefotografeerd.
Goed scherp al kan je zien dat hij is gescand, heb ik ook bij mijn dia's.
Mooie kleuren en toch wel rustige achtergrond.

groet Gert

hello Peter
nice to see your great shots from Africa after great Brazil seri. This is very beautiful bird with brillant colors. Nicely composed and focused. POV and notes also great. TFS, well done

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-03-26 13:23]


A good pic, even if it's from the old archeives! The poor quality is due to it being a scanned slide. Besides that, the composition, DOF, BG, Lighting and subject are all excellent.

Hello Peter. Good job here with the bird and flower in vertical format. I like the pleasant muted background and you did well in vertical format here. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Sunbirds are such small and shiny creatures, Peter. I have always failed to get a good shot of them. No matter how hard I tried, my results turned out to be blurred or indistinct.
On the contrary, you have done a good job of shooting a Sunbird here.
Those bright and glossy colours on the head and the neck are well captured.
TFS and regards.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-03-27 14:08]

Hi Peter, great composition on this Sunbird, posting in the vertical format like this. The colour is very good, with good detail shown on the bird itself. Your PP is very good, with little evidence of noise in the background, which I know you had to contend with from a scanned slide, while maintaining this good detail on the bird. Nicely done.

Thanks, John

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-28 10:35]

Hi Peter
exellent image
very nice colors and sharpness.
well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-28 20:13]

Hello Peter, that's a great bird, well composed scene and great technique, well done my friend!


What amazing color! WOW! The neck feathers in particular are so brilliant!
Great composition - love the vertical...definitely adds interest.

Hi Peter
Félicitations pour le Bg qui s'hamonise bien avec les belles couleurs de l'oiseau et la pose de l'oiseau sur cette branche.

Félicitations pour les contrastes,couleurs et la composition.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-31 10:09]

Hi Peter.
Wonderful vertical composition created by image of the cute bird and stem. Unusual and nice colour palette of the shot and excellent DOF and sharpness of the main character. My best regards and TFS.

Hello Peter!

Great shot of beautiful egzotic bird. Amazing colors and great blured background.

Well done!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-01 6:53]

Hello Peter

A very good close up of this beautiful hummingbird.The colours are well saturated and vibrant.
Good focus and details.
Nicely composed in the frame.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-01 19:42]

Hello Peter,
Brilliantly colored species I have not seen before. So I really appreciate the crisp and clear image and great note, thank you Peter.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful sunbird. Very well composed and sharp details of this tiny bird. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Peter, amazing looking bird wish we had such diversity here :-( good close crop nice colour and the pose is excellent. Rgds Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-28 5:03]

hello Peter
good capture of this cute and colourful bird
i like composition, POV, light and colours

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture. Great composition and details.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-30 5:51]

Hi Peter,
excellent shartpness and superbs calrity. the green neck really shines beautifully. Pleasant pose and well presented in splendid composition.
I can sense that it is not easy to have a shot like this.


Hello Peter

Excellent this photo from film days of this
species of African bird, fine POV and apporpriate
vertical framing, beautiful light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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