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Purple honeycreeper

Purple honeycreeper
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-02 4:13
Viewed: 7355
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spend a couple of hours at the Asa Wright Center in Trinidad. This is not what many people think a sort of zoo. No, this is the place to be when you want to spot exotic birds. The centre is situated in the north of Trinidad. You will only find real nature here!
The purple honeycreeper is an exotic species. I couldn't believe my eyes when this exotic bird suddenly appeared. I was sitting on the verandah of the centre when I suddenly saw the typical "blue and yellow" of this bird.
This attractive little tanager is common in the forests of Trinidad's Northern range, but is not very well known, since it feeds and moves about mainly in the canopy.
The adult male is a beautiful violet-blue with some black on the head and wings and has startlingly bright yellow legs; the female is less conspicious but is aqually colourful being green with reddish and blue streaks on the face and throat; the bill is thin and decurved and is used especially for extracting nectar from blossoms. Birds with conspicious plumage rarely have noteworthy songs and this little bird merely utters athin light tsip.
Feeding on fruits as well as flowers, these birds tend to move around in loose flocks, possibly based on family connections. Thus they can usually be located at trees that are in full flower or with ripe fruit. Little is known of their nesting, except tht the nest is a small cup of moss lined with rootlets. Both parents assist in the care of the young.

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what a pretty blue bird, zeno! :-)
well captured in a terrific pose having his eye fixed on you,
nice colors and great details - the strikingly yellow feet are
cool, somehow they do not fit the wonderful blue plumage -
didn´t he have a fashion advider? *g*
well seen & done, thorsten.

Hello Zeno, I've never seen this bird!
It's amazing with its blue wear and yellows legs.
Eye, pose and Bg are perfect!


Kool Bird!

Composition & POV : 10
Sharpness & DOF : 8
Light & color: 9
Creativity & Originality: 10

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

Che uccello interessante, Zeno!
Colori deliziosi, bello il contrasto, bravo!


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-02 5:58]

Hi Zeno, what an odd looking bird. I have never seen one like this before. Excellent colours, exposure and details, also well composed. Great work and TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-02 6:10]

Hi Zeno

Another great shot in your collection of beautiful exotic Birds, nice composition and POV, the detail is lovely and sharp and the colours are great I love his yellow legs and black claws.

TFS Hilary :~)

Hello Zeno, excllent work, Great colors, Bg, POv DOF perfect details, excllent composed and captured Photo. TFS Kyle

hi zeno
j'adore les couleurs de cet oiseau,c'est une espece que je n'avais jamais vu.
photo tres reussi,point de vue et netteté.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-09-02 10:31]

hi Zeno, excelent shot and wonderful bird. First time i see one of that. Good notice and POV

Hello Zeno,
Really exotic bird. Fantastic colors. Well composed and done. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-02 14:31]

A Great shot Zeno , what a beauty bird , fantastic colours pose details sharpnes pov bg , very good tfs Nice Weekend Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-03 3:47]

Wow, Zeno.
Another gem of a bird.
Great POV and pose, as he balances on that branch.
The colors are just unbelievable. Great sharpness.
TFS. : )

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-09-03 5:32]

Hi Zeno,
Absolutely magnificent. The pose, details and exposure. Everything.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-03 9:20]

Hi Zeno
Beautiful bird and bird shot. Well captured when he is watching you. Good colours, sharpnes, details, BG and POV.
Well done Zeno


Hi Zeno,
Excellent POV and pose. Nice color and detail seen in this very cool & exotic looking bird :) Excellent note,
Well done & TFS!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-03 22:01]

Hello Zeno

That purple honeycreeper went home and told his family about the Zeno he spotted.Is he ever giving you a lookover. Lovely capture, excellent DOF and POV.The colours are really outstanding.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-04 8:24]

Hello Zeno,
this is wonderful, the colors on this bird are so vivid. You did an excellent job on the composition. The POV and the crop show off the bird very well. He also posed very well for you and the neutral BG looks wonderrful.
Very well done.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-09-04 15:17]

Ha zeno,
de kleuren maken dit een bijzondere foto. Ik had eerlijk gezegd nog nooit deze vogel gezien in de boeken.
De vogel lijkt ook minstens zo in jou geinteresseerd als jij in hem

Missed this one Zeno. What a great looking bird, stunning colour combo.

Great shot under the circumstances, you've done well. Great eye contact and POV. Good exposure.

Enjoyed the series very much.

What a gorgeous bird. I used to spend winters at Asa Wright and absolutely loved the birding.

amazing bird, TFS Ori

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