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Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/5.2
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-16 23:17
Viewed: 2780
Points: 24
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The Purple Sunbird (Male) (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below.
This small sunbird has a relatively short bill, a dark and short square ended tail with distinctive sexual dimorphism. Less than 10 cm long they have a down-curve bill with brush-tipped tubular tongues that aid in nectar feeding. The male is glossy metallic purplish black on the upper parts with the wings appearing dark brown.
The species is distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia. They are resident birds in most parts of their range and do not move large distances. They are found mainly on the plains but going up to 2400 m in southern India and up to 1700 m in the Himalayas. They are found in thin forest and garden land, including those in dense urban areas.
Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Nectariniidae Genus: Cinnyris Species: C. asiaticus

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-16 23:33]

Hi Kapil.
You managed to picture a charming small bird at a very attractive natural surroundings. Despite the difficult colouration of the species you reflect its features perfectly. Timing is also excellent and captured moment is very nice. My kind regards and TFS.

Dear Kapil,
very nice picture of this beautiful bird you present us. great sharpness and colour, good natural environment.
with best wishes.

Good POV of this nice bird
Have a nice WE,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-17 1:34]

Hello Kapil.
The details are very good, you got really close to the bird and you manage to catch an excellent shot of it!The colors and the lights are nice.
Best regards Siggi

Just love the colors on this guy and can almost hear his call! Little soft but maybe i just need to put my glasses on..either way so enjoy viewing this TFS!

Outstanding clarity despite the thick creeper foliage surrounding it, Kapil. The light, providentially, filters in to create a spotlight effect on the eye and the plumage of the bird. The open beak makes the picture all the more natural.
I notice a quantum improvement in your skills, so keep it going!

Hi Kapil,
What a beautiful capture!
I like so much the POV and the pose of the bird catched, is a very good one.
The light reflected on the iridiscent feathers creates a very nice effect.
Very good the DOF got and the soft and neutral background got.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-17 5:54]

Hi Kapil,

I like the colorful sunbirds. Not easy to portrait because they always seem restless. The purple colors are fantastic.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-17 9:16]

Hello Kapil,
Excellent photo of this Purple Sunbird in this singing pose. Good timing. It looks gorgeous in beautiful sunlight with this metallic colours. Great composition.

Hello Kapil,
A very nice bird. Lovely colors and excellent shinning feathers.

Hello Kapil,

Hope you are well bhai.Nice to meet you, for I think we might be meeting for the first time. This is a wonderful shot of this noisy but fine songster of our region. It is so small but the volume of its fine song surprises one. Its body was in motion for a flutter when you took this shot.....wonderful indeed with good focus in a difficult position....thanks a lot for sharing.....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-17 16:46]

Hi Kapil,a great capture in a very difficult situation between the branches and in different light levels,excellent work,i like the brilliant colors of plumage and the very good details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

excellent moment, beautiful natural environment, the performance is very fine!
regards Kapil

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