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Purple Sunbird (Male)

Purple Sunbird (Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-02 5:30
Viewed: 2011
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Sunbird (Male) is on a Klip dagga or Lion's ear flower plant.

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
Information courtesy: Wikipedia.

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Hello Samiran da,
Very artistic image. Great shot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-02 6:27]

Hello Samiran,
Very beautiful photo of this Purple Sunbird in splendid colours and a fine composition. Attractive pose with eye contact. Good sharpness and DOF.

Beautiful composition with a Cinnyris asiaticus in their natural environment. Balanced distribution of inflorescences and the bird. Bello background.

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Samiran bhai,

Hope you are doing fine. This superb shot of elegant male Purple Sunbird has a touch of class about it. The bird, the flowers, the background and amazing focus with the right posture, what else does a viewer need....when the quality is of this high leve.TFS a a shot of great quality, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Hello Samiran

Excellent photo of the Purple Sunbird in its expressive and dynamic pose,
fine lateral POV and framing, beautiful light, beautiful contrast of the color tones, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-04-02 10:30]

Hi Samiran,
Great Capture ..
Very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Samiran Da,
Beautiful picture.Nice details and BG.Like composition too.
I was very busy today!
I visited your Facebook page and its really beautiful.I joined but don't know exactly I have joined or not!(Still I can't use Facebook well).Excellent pictures-mainly tradition of University.
Thanks for sharing this picture,
Regards and have a nice time,

Bonsoir Samiran,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une attitude originale.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-02 13:58]

Hi Samiran,a magnificent way to show us this sunbird,great details and colors and a very rich and original composition made by these flowers,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

it looks so wonderful,very nice pic....


Hello Samiran!
Beautiful shot of this restless bird. Very good details and sharpness and beautiful catch-light in the visible eye. Flowery Leonotis is adding beauty to your shot.Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Great composition Samiran
the colours and details are super good
i like the colours very much
thanks greeting lou

Great photo, sharp and so well composed. I particularly like the contrast between the dark blue bird and the orange flowers.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-04-06 10:13]

Hi samiran,
Another great image,nice composition,attractive position, amazing colors and fantastic sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-04-10 4:28]

Hello Samiran,
Missed some of your pictures. This one has such interesting colors and a fine composition, lovely also the metallic shine of the Sunbird's plumage. Very well done.
Kind regards

Hi Samiran,
Extremely beautiful image, breathtaking composition. Lights, contrast and colors are gorgeous, as well as depth of field, but the composition is beyond words... Absolutely eye-catching, pleasant one. Excellent work, Sir! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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