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Cuban Lizard-cuckoo

Cuban Lizard-cuckoo
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 18:58
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From my recent one week holiday in Cuba
This picture was taken with the help of Paulino Lopez Delgado, a very professional and knowledgeable bird-watching guide from Cayo Coco.

Great Lizard-cuckoo
Coccyzus merlini
D'Orbigny, 1839
Saurothera merlini

The Great Lizard-cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. The species is also known as the Cuban Lizard-cuckoo. It is found in Bahamas, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Great Lizard-cuckoo is the largest of the lizard-cuckoos of the Caribbean and the largest species of Coccyzus cuckoo. It is 54 cm in length and weighs around 155 g. The plumage is similar to that of the other lizard-cuckoos, olive-brown backs, wings and crown, white throat and breast and chestnut belly with a deeply barred undertail. The eye has a patch of bare red skin around it, and the bill is long. The species feeds on lizards and insects such as locusts. Unlike some cuckoos it raises its own young, nesting in a saucer of twigs and laying 2-3 eggs.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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To vanderschelden: My Cuban vacationMariol 1 09-08 19:45
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Excellent work, Mario.
I wanted to ask you: "Would you mind telling us how you managed to get such wonderful pics in Cuba?"
You already provided the answer a few times, I guess:-)
But then again, this is wonderful!
This is a lovely new photo from Cuba.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2008-09-06 20:40]

Hola Mario: Una toma maravillosa, nitidez, color, detalles de la especie y entorno perfectos...saludos.Luis.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-06 20:49]

Hi Mario,

A magnificent shot of a magnificent looking bird - one that I have not seen before. I love the spread wings with the beautiful colors. Superb details of his face, gorgeous eye, and feathers. A wonderful composition with him posing on the horizontal branch.


Great shot. Sharply focussed and excellent details.

Hi Mario,
This is one of the best cuckoo photo I've ever seen..
Nice clear details on its plumage.
Very well done..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-09 2:42]

Hello Mario,
Another superb photo of a very special bird. The quality is excellent. Great sharpness, colours and pose. Beautiful composition and OOF BG. The best photo I've seen of this bird. Compliments!
Kind regards,

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