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Cuban Tody

Cuban Tody
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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: 2009-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 5:34
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent vacation in Cuba. I have taken a photo of this cute bird first time I went to Cuba at the Baga Natural Park, in August 2008.

The Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor) is a tody. Of all of the todies, they seem to be the most colorful. Cuban Todys can only fly short distances, as they have rounded wings. Some scientists think that the Cuban Tody's ancestors may have flown over from the mainland long ago when Cuba was closer to it. The small, 11 cm long bird could have easily made it over.

They have small, flat bills, and are often seen in pairs. They mate primarily from March to June, and a female usually produces 3-4 eggs, white in color. When nesting they dig a tunnel about 0.3 m (1') in length with a chamber at the end in a clay embankment, though sometimes they use a rotten trunk or tree cavity. The walls of the tunnel and the egg chamber are covered with a thick glue-like substance mixed with grass, lichen, algae, small feathers and other materials that probably act as a sealant.

When perched, sometimes repeats a peculiar short tot-tot-tot-tot. The most characteristic call is a soft pprreeee-pprreeee, that gave origin to its common name, 'Pedorrera'.

The Cuban Tody eats mostly small adult and larval insects. It rarely eats small fruit.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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hello Mario

excellent close-up photo of this beautifullyy colored Cuban bird,
fine POV, appropriate framing, superb focus sharpness details,
beautiful background that is putting in evidence the bird, TFS


Salut Mario.
Grozava poza cu aceasta interesanta si plina de culori pasare.
Foarte buna captura.Felicitari.

what to say Mario....i am ecstatic at the beauty of this capture
magnificent setting and excellent details
thanks for sharing sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-17 6:16]

Hello Mario,
Fantastic coloured bird taken with great sharpness, details and splendid clarity. Very nice pose, POV, OOF BG and composition.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-17 6:37]

Salut Mario,
exceptionala captura ! Ce pasare mica cu un colorit al penajului magnific.
Splendid acest macro al tau, superbe detalii si culori.
Iti doresc o duminica placuta,

amazing beautiful model and wonderful capture with sharp details, splendid coloration and exposure. great work indeed.
TFS, best wishes Mario

excellent photo output!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-01-17 7:24]

Hello Mario,
an attractive bird and an attrtactive picture, too. Beautiful colours, optimal exposure, great sharpness
and a well selected point of view. That means ... everything is perfect!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2010-01-17 10:26]

what a pretty bird! :-) excellent close capture with wonderful
colors and lovely details. terrific job & best wishes, thor.

Species and composition is very good.

Hi Mario,
What a fascinating bird!
It looks like to me a little shrunk or kind of condensed one.
The lighting here is absolutely outstanding, and created so vibrant, bright and intense colours.
The specially light spot under the beak is so good to look at, and the catchlight and eye's clarity is stunning.
My compliments for such a great shot, and thanks so much for share it,

Superb composition...!!!
Love the details and POV...

A marvellous specimen indeed...


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