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Blue-black Grosbeak - juvenille

Blue-black Grosbeak - juvenille
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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: 2011-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM+1.4X Canon
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-05 13:30
Viewed: 5829
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent vacation in Panama - a new bird species for me and probably for TN

Blue-black Grosbeak (Cyanocampsa cyanoides) : The Blue-Black Grosbeak is a species of cardinal (bird) in the Cardinalidae family. It is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
Thanks to Steve Pryor for clarify the ID for me.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-05 19:30]

Hello Mario,
Awesome capture of this beautiful Grosbeak. This is the first time I have ever seen this pretty little cardinal-like bird. Love the super fine detail and natural coloration. Attractive pose and wonderful exposure. Great work.

Hello Mario
Beautiful capture with lovely close compo,impressive sharpness and beautiful natural colors.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-06 4:34]

Beautiful pose by the bird, good image. tfs.

Awesome capture of this beautiful Grosbeak. fantastic sharpness and composition. good work

Hi Mario,
Good shot. I confirm the species. However, the sex is wrong. This is a juvenile male bird. The subtle but noticeable bluish cast on the alula, the coverts, the back, and the tail tell us that it is not a female - uniformly chocolate-brownish. Even the mantle is starting to show a bit of the bluish flecking. It is very understandable the confusion - it is a very subtle distinction to make.

A comp photo of a typical female: http://leesbirdblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/blue-black-grosbeak-cyanocompsa-cyanoides-by-kent-nickell.jpg

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