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Crimson Sunbird (Juvenile)

Crimson Sunbird (Juvenile)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-16 3:09
Viewed: 2479
Points: 18
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I took this shot a few days ago while trekking in Margalla hills, Islamabad. This juvenile sunbird was a pleasant surprise for me as i found it feeding on Lantana flowers. I took 3 shots of it and cursed my camera for not delivering the desired results. My today's shot shows noise on the subject which is unavoidable with my bridge camera. These days Margalla hills are echoing with the lovely sounds of new visitors (birds) that have descended from North because of severe cold at higher altitudes. I have seen amazing birds in last week but couldnt take their shots because of camera's focusing limitations; seriously thinking to buy an affordable model (canon 70d most likely with a compatible 500mm lens). I have sharpened the image, resized it, sharpened it a little again and removed some of the resultant noise. Some info from web is as under:

The male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) is eye-catching because of its prominent crimson head, back, throat and upper breast.
In a juvenile male bird, the crimson is not apparent until later when individual crimson feathers develop as the bird moults from a juvenal to a breeding plumage. As individual breeding feathers develop, the redness appears in scattered patches. However, an adult male during the non-breeding period sheds most of his crimson feathers on his head and breast, taking on an eclipse dress. When the next breeding season comes, he will develop his colourful plumage once again.

Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards...AAA

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-12-16 5:34]

Hello Akbar,
Amazing plumage for this juvenile Sunbird. Very fine and natural shot, interesting note. An excellent shot for a bridge camera.
Kind regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-12-16 6:42]

Hello Akbar,
excellent capture sunbird,regards..

Hello Asif bhai,
Hope you are well. You know you are an accomplished photographer and have a very sound and developed sense of photography.You take your shots quite carefully. Perhaps keeping in mind what is required of a good photographer and this is highly gratifying.I admire this trait.
As regards this shot...well.... what an exquisite shot of this adorable sunbird! You might not be satisfied by the quality of the shot but the shot is perfect, you need a good software to remove the little flaws, it is important.Shots with cheap cameras are never perfect and most of the shots need corrections which are necessary.I am all praise for this lovely shot. Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
warm regards/Abid

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-16 8:58]

Hi Akbar,what a spectacle!! A magnificent capture of this young and colorful sunbird,i like the composition and the sharpness is absolutely perfect,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar,
Pin sharp photo with amazing clarity, outstanding focus and fantastic details. I like this excellent capture with such an interesting and colorful bird. A wonderful composition.

hallo Akber
beautiful picture of this bird
good sharpness and good light
thanks gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-12-16 18:06]

Hello Akbar,
What a beautiful Sunbird you have presented to us, it's plumage is simply gorgeous with the bright red splotches. Nicely focused and showing excellent detail and exposure. Wonderful eye contact and photographed in an attractive relaxed pose. Well done!!

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-12-16 21:16]

Hello Akbar

Perfect image of this very beautiful bird in an excellent composition, perfect sharpness, fine details, nice lighting.



An excellent photo, well cropped and with a lovely blurred background. I like the way you also show the flowers so importnat for that species. Maybe a bit of dodging of the underside of the bird would help.
PS. A 7D + 500mm lens could prove heavy for trekking !

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