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Blue Breasted Cordon-Blew

Blue Breasted Cordon-Blew
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-01-17 6:35
Viewed: 1482
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this "Blue Waxbill"/ Gewone Blousysie, in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. It was a sunny morning when we were walking in the Skukuza Bush lodges area, found this species, busy to collecting seeds from ground. It was not an easy task to capture such small, swift but beautiful bird. I am happy to capture this small species. The Blue Waxbill(Uraeginthus angolensis), also called Blue-Breasted Cordon blue, is a common species of estrildid finch found in Southern Africa. The powder-blue face, breast and flanks are diagnostic. Their call is a soft "seeee...seeee", often repeated as bird flits through the lower parts of bush and scrub. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Swazilabd, Tanzania etc.

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Hello Srikumar

Very nice image of this beutiful bird, very nice lighting, very impressive bright blue color, nice presentation in a diagonal alighn, nice natural BG. Thanks for sharing.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-17 11:10]

Hi Srikumar,truly beautiful this specie,the colors of plumage are very very nice,an excellent capture as usual very well done for this interesting specie.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,luciano

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-17 18:49]

Hello Srikumar,
certainly you have captured a beautiful species. What vibrant colours!
Thanks and regards,

hallo Sri
very nice picture of this blue coloured bird
in holland they have this specie in a birdhouse
thanks gr lou

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, excellent sharpness, splendid lighy and fine deyails, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Good job showing so much detail here. It looks like you needed to get down really low without frightening it away to get this shot.

Hello Srikumar,
Nice to see your images. This nice colorful bird is not very shy.....
excellent composition.

Hello Srikumar,

Very nice image of this beautiful bird and never seen before.


Hello Srikumar

Beautiful photo of the "Blue Waxbill", with fine POV obtaining its eye-contact,
in a excellent light, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Saw ds species in a zoo in Germany. Nice clear foto.Gud point of view.

beautiful little bird - well presented. difficult to fetch because always mooving.
thanks Pierre

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-22 19:06]

Hello Srikumar,
I don't know how I missed this little beauty. This is definitely a new bird for me and what a gorgeous one at that. I love the very low POV you managed to achieve. Wonderful eye contact and very good detail. I love the contrasting powder blue and cinnamon colors in it's plumage. Appears to have a touch of peach color on it's underside as well. Very pretty!!!

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