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Blue-gray Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager
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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
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 6:15
Viewed: 7794
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most well known and popular birds in Tobago is the blue-gray Tanager, also known as the "Blue Jean". It is found chiefly in cultivated areas and suburban districts, as well as in light woodland and forest edges. This specie is sitting in a mangotree right behind the frontdoor of my hotelroom. I waited for my chance and was lucky a couple of times. Many birds like the sweet mangofruits and in the next days I will show you more birds eating mango's.
Blue-gray tanagers are often seen around houses and gardens, flying about in noisy and restless groups.
Generally bluish grey in colour, the upperparts are brighter blue and there is a vivid vilolet-blue patch on each wing covert. The blue-gray tanager feeds on fruits of many kinds, including tomatoes and other commercially grown vegetables; it also takes insects. Breeding is mainly between March and July, and nests are usually high up in trees. The eggs are incubated for 14 days; the fledging periode is 17 days.

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Another good one Zeno, lucky you to have such prety visitors to your hotel room.

Well composed and exposed.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-08-10 7:15]

Hi Zeno,

Amazing colours on this picture - the blue bird is in beatiful contrast to the green and yellow plants. Compo and sharpness are very well defined!

Good going!


Excellent capture Zeno! This blue bird is beautiful. I like your composition and colors with the mangofruits. Great DOF and POV, and excellent details. TFS!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-10 9:44]

Hi Zeno

Lovely photo of a beautiful little bird.Great POV and DOF.The colours are very nice.Well composed against the fruit with nice soft lighting.TFS


Great shot Zeno,
Very sharp & detailed, cool colors :)
Nicely done and TFS!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-11 3:49]

Hello Zeno, well caught this splendid blue bird in a lively composition. Great details and colors too. Well done, Didier.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-11 12:13]

A great shot of a beautiful Tanager amongst the mango! Very sharp, beautiful colour and nice composition. (I've seen these fantastic birds at ASA Wirght on Trinidad some years ago.)
Thanks, Ulla

Hi Zeno

Well done on a lovely shot. Complimentary OOF BG to enhance the image. Nicely composed. Lovely saturation of of colours. :-)

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