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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: 2005-07-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 16:13
Viewed: 4889
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
English: Lesser (Southern) Double-collared Sunbird
Latin: Cinnyris chalybea
Dutch: Kleine kraaghoningzuiger

Common endemic resident in the south of South-Africa.
Pairs in variety of habitats from forest fringes to Karoo; a common garden species in many regions where suitable flowering plants are present.
Calls a harsh: 'zzik-zzik' and a soft, abrupt 'swik, swik'; also has a high-pitched, swizzling song.
12,5 cm.

This photo is taken in the beautiful Botanic Gardens of Kirstenbosch.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-20 3:36]

Hallo Peter,
Zo te zien wordt hier uit volle borst gezongen door dit prachtige vogeltje. Mooie compositie met prachtige kleuren. Scherpte van het vogeltje is misschien een beetje soft. Goede diepte met mooie achtergrond.
Gr. Paula

hi Peter, excelent shot with good coloures and composition.

Hi Peter

Although the focus is soft on the bird, the colours are fantastic. You have isolated the bird well from the OOF BG. TFS.

magnificent shot...

Hi Peter,

Please forgive me, I have no time today for a proper effort today, but I still like the image. Thanks for sharing.


I'll come back to give the points, I promise.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-23 22:39]

Very interesting and unique photo with very unusual but beautiful colors. Great composition. Razor sharp focus and outstanding exposure.

Hi MF Peter,

Incredible capture of this cute sunbird while singing!
The focus, details, DOF and POV looks excellent.
TFS and heve a nice night MF!


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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-07-20 2:06]

Hi Peter
Nice capture. I like it very much even though the bird is a bit soft, perhaps a higher shutter speed or f-stop would have improved the sharpness. Not for me to say too much as you seem to be a very experienced photographer. I looked at all your photos and you have done very well in South Africa.

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