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Yellow-bellied Elaenia

Yellow-bellied Elaenia
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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: 2006-08-06
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-09 4:47
Viewed: 6503
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today another bird from Tobago. I didn't see a lot of nesting birds over there but the yellow-bellied elaenia is an exception. Standing on the balcony of my hotelroom I could observe this interesting bird. It had build her nest in a tree on the beach and was feeding her two youngsters. It's funny to see how one of the young birds is trying to look outside.
The yellow bellied elaenia also known as "Jay" or "Cutterhead" is found in light woodland, suburban gardens and on the edges of forest. The rather dull appearance of its greyish brown upper plumage is relieved by two white wing bars and pale greyish yellow underparts. Most prominent is its crest, which is almost always seen raised.
Elaenias feed on small insects, which may be caught in flight or hunted among foliage; they also take berries. The nest is usually built fairly high in a tree, and is a shallow cup of rootlets, decorated with lichen and often lined with feathers. Two spotted eggs are laid, and most of the parental duties are undertaken by the female parent.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-09 6:44]

Bonjour Zeno!

Félicitations pour cette belle prise nature. Toujour touchant de voir cette scène. J'aime bien voir le petit tête sorti et coup completement étiré.


Hi Zeno,
Good catch of this mother and child! I like this POV and DOF, composition and details. This nest is really small! Well seen and well done, TFS,

WOW, nice family portrait at nest!
Good light also under the the foils.
well done, Zeno.


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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-09-09 16:07]

Very nice and calm family picture - great compo!!


Bonjour Zeno
Belle prise de vue avec ce bel oiseau sans son nid que tu as su trouver. Félicitations pour l'expositions et les belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-12 23:05]

Hello Zeno

Nicely captured on the nest.A perfect natural surrounding photo.Good shot of junior's little face too.Nicely composed and good timing.TFS


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