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Red-sided Eclectus

Red-sided Eclectus
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 55-200mm EF f/4.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100, UV 52mm Marumi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Parrot Paradise, A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, Lime Greens [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-27 8:47
Viewed: 9099
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-sided Eclectus Parrot - Eclectus roratus polychloros

Based upon critique given by Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) I did a re-posting of this photo to improve the cropping on the left. I hope this is more acceptable. The "Original Version" was deleted.

This photo was taken at Zululand's Umfolozi River Lodge & Bird Park, situated on 25 hectares of forested hillside overlooking the Umfolozi flats and bordering on a private game reserve. Approximately 30 minutes from the town of St. Lucia. Umfolozi River Lodge is a birdwatcher's paradise with beautiful walking trails along the Msunduzi River.


New Guinea, Moluccas, Solomon and Sumba islands.

Densely wooded, semi-tropical to tropical rainforests.

Male: general plumage green, slightly tinged with some yellow on head. Under wing-coverts and sides of body are red. Very colourful bird with yellows, blues and reds tipping the tail and wing feathers. Legs are grey. Female: general plumage red, darker and more brownish on back and wings. Purple, blue and orange tip the tail, breast, and wing feathers. Bill is black.

Because of the extreme colour differences in sexes, for many years the male and female were regarded as separate species.

These birds nest in a hole in the trunk of a tall tree standing near the edge of the forest. They are strong fliers and when travelling far distances, fly high above the forest canopy. They are noisy, conspicuous birds often seen in pairs or in large groups roosting in tall forest trees.

2-8 eggs are laid. Incubation lasts 17-35 days and is the exclusive task of the female. The male, however, keeps her supplied with food during this important time. Maturity is generally reached between their second and fourth year. Source.

Camera settings
ISO setting 100
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter speed 1/100
Focal length - 145mm

Post Processing was done with ArcSoft Photo Studio 5.5:
Brightness, contrast, saturation, framed, reduced to 72 dpi, resised, and cropped

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Hi Loot,
this looks much better, I like it.
Now the Parrot have a bit more space.
Well done with the composition.
Very well done.

Hi Loot

This is great work. Well composed with good POV. Nice colours. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Well done. TFS.

Great capture, I love the contrasting colors between the bird and the background. You got excellent detail on the feathers. Well done!


Very nice composition Loot!
I love these types of birds! I think that parrots are so beautiful your photograph captures the beauty of the parrot.
Well done!
Nice notes!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-28 7:53]

Hi Loot.
Is wonderful colors...the contrast is great, very nice details and composition,this is good work.

I wait more photos,tips ,critiques and comments.

Saludos desde MEXICO....RICARDO.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-12 15:54]
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How did I miss this one, Loot?
The colors are just incredible.
They are literally jumping around in my eyes.
Oops, bad choice of words... : P
On a serious note (as you are wont to say), this is a splendid shot.
The details, exposure, POV, composition.... are all perfect.
Congratulations. : )

Ho Loot,

Beautiful bire, lovely colours and contrast. TFS


Hi Loot - This bird is very photogenic - beautiful colours and posture. Well captured photo loot

Hello Loot

Hoe rooier hoe mooier en dit is maar net die agtergrond. Hierdie groen papegaai staan so mooi uit teenoor daardie rooi muur en wat 'n pragtige vol. Ek dink egter ek kan die groei in jou werk sien vanaf hierdie vrore dae op TN en nou. Dalk het dit met meer as net die kamera werk te make. dit is eintlik vreemd om hierdie foto met 'n raam te sien aangesien geen een van jou ander fotos 'n raam het nie. Het jy hier net 'n eksperiment gedoen en nie van die resultaat gehou nie? So ook met jou naam op die foto. Dit bly egter steeds 'n pragtige foto.


Hallo Loot
Altough this is one of your first postings on Trek Nature, I once again realise that I am still far behind for coming close to a posting of this calibre. And I know that you don't think this is one of your best. So that just means that I am even further away if I ever want to succeed in taking photographs which you consider being your best. This is a colourful and bright shot with clear details. A wonderful close-up which brings the beautiful green plumage to full right. I like the very close-by view, this way one can admire the finer detail like the patches of blue feather in between the green, and the ice-cream coloured beak. In my personal opinion I also prefer an image without a frame. Thanks for sharing, like always it was a pleasure to look at.

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