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Purple-crested Lourie

Purple-crested Lourie
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-05 7:22
Viewed: 5560
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple-crested Lourie (Tauraco porphyreolophus) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
In Afrikaans: Bloukuifloerie.

This bird has a purple coloured crest above a green head, a red ring around their eyes, and a black bill. The neck and chest are green and brown. The rest of the body is purple, with red flight feathers. 47 cm.
They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests. They eat mainly fruits.

The call is a long sequence of notes, starting quietly and rising to a crescendo ‘kerkerkerkerker-kok-kok-kok-kok-kokkok.......the last sound repeated about 20 times, becomes more deliberate and spaced out. Also makes a jumbled series of kokokok.... sounds.

The Purple-crested Lourie is the National Bird of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The crimson flight feathers of this and related Turaco species are important in the Ceremonial Regalia of the Saswati Royal Family.

Source: Wikipedia and Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa.

This photo is taken in Weltvogelpark Walsrode, Germany.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-05 9:03]

Hi Peter,fantastic bird,it seems to see a rainbow on the plumage! Magnificent capture whit a great point of view to create this imposing perspective,great details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
what a colorful bird, great sharpness and and good colour. nice composition also.
tfs and best wises,

wow, amazing colours, but not sharp enough, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,
Another beautiful bird image from you. The iridescence on the feathers is just wonderful. And I want to congratulate you for quoting your source of information and for telling us where and under what circumstances the photo was taken. Like so many of your other images, this also is to sit back and enjoy. Well done, once again. Best wishes.

Hi Peter,
beautiful bird. Amazing colours. No words - excellent portrait. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-05 10:01]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful bird, nice colours and fantastic
sharpness details plumage.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
great capture of this colourful bird with good sharpness and a well chosen frontal POV. I especially like the vivid colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Peter.
Meraviglioso scatto di questo esemplare di uccello con dei colori stupendi sembra che sappia di essere bello, grande nitidezza e soprattutto eccellenti particolari dei colori complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

hallo Peter
Super mooie kleuren pracht
leuke schuine kop met veel details
scherpte en licht zijn erg goed
bedankt groet lou

Hi Peter,
What a stunning bird, and a excellent portrait, great detail and colours from a nice pov against a nice bg.
TFS regards Bill

Hello Peter,
As usual you post some incredible portraits of superb and unusual birds. I like this interesting colorsful bird. Nice details, perfect focus and sharpness.

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with striking coloration, details & POV. Very nicely done & presented. great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Beautiful bird Peter! The colours are fantastic!

Ciao Peter, wonderful bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-07-05 22:55]

Hi Peter
great colorful portrait of this Lourie, given the exposure ithe conditions must have been very dark bringing a lot of noise mainly in the crest and in the eye. Did you try noise ninja?

Ciao Peter. The real show of colours. Great portrait for the interesting specie.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-06 4:38]

Hello Peter,
A very colorful model you had in front of your camera! I see that you have taken the shot last year. I suppose that by now you can use again your broken camera.
The sharpness is not top, I see that you had quite a long exposure time, probably the light weak that day in Walsrode...
Interesting note.
Thanks and kind regards

Peter, this is an amazing shot of this very colorful bird. Great sharpness, detail and color. Bill

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-07 5:14]

Hi Peter,
what an amazing catch of this beautiful bird ! Colors and details are incredible ! Thanks for sharing !

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-08 1:26]

Hello Peter.
I loved the colors on the bird as well as the background. The focus is right on the eye and well composed photo. Little reflection on the eye is acting like a catch light. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter

Excellent portrait of this exotic bird,
fine frontal POV giving beautiful eye-contact,
beautiful multi-color tones of its plumage, TFS


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