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Green-tailed Towhee

Green-tailed Towhee
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
Exposure: f/8.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-06 10:42
Viewed: 4545
Points: 52
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First in TN.
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)

General Description
North American RangeThe Green-tailed Towhee is gray underneath with greenish upperparts. Adults have a rufous crown and a white throat-patch. Juvenile birds are brown-and-white streaked, with a yellowish wash on their wings

A bird of the dry, shrubby hillsides of far-southeastern Washington, the Green-tailed Towhee breeds in areas with a high diversity of shrub species providing dense, low cover. During migration and winter, it is found in similar habitats, often near streams.

In winter, Green-tailed Towhees can be found in mixed flocks. These secretive birds forage on the ground and in low bushes, scratching leaf litter with both feet.

Small insects and seeds make up the majority of the Green-tailed Towhee's diet. They also eat some fruit.

The male defends a territory and attracts a mate by singing from a prominent spot, often a raised perch. Females arrive on the breeding grounds about a week after the males, and monogamous pairs form shortly after that. The female builds a bulky but well-concealed nest on the ground or in a low shrub, within three feet of the ground. The nest is made of twigs, grass, weeds, and bark, and lined with grass, rootlets, and hair. The female lays 3 to 4 eggs and incubates them for about 12 days. Both parents feed the chicks. The young leave the nest at 11 to 14 days of age, but are not yet able to fly. The parents continue to feed and tend the young until they can fly and fend for themselves.


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FANTASTIC photo Luis!! The pose of the bird, the composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Luis,
As usual you post a beautiful capture with good diagonal composition and a well presented bird. Details, sharpness, colours, POV and BG, all are excellent. Well done!

Hello Luis,
Another splendid capture with excellent details, colors and very good focus.
As usual a perfect image with fantastic background.

Hello Luis,
This is a beautiful capture of this bird, the clarity is amazing beautiful, sharpness with excellent details, POV and composition,
Thanks for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-04-06 11:14]

Hello Luis,

Burada bir ilk olması yanında, benim için de bu bir ilk. Çok başarılı ve oldukça güzel bir kuş fotosu bu. Tebrikler...


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-06 11:26]

Hello Luis,
The most beautiful photo of this species I've seen so far. Excellent sharpness, details and splendid soft colours. Perfect blurred BG. Very good POV with eye contact and composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-06 11:46]

Hi Luis,
Congratulations for this splendid photo of this beautiful Bird species, first Time on TN!

Hola Luis,
una fantatica cattura di Pipilo chlorurus, straordinaria nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e la luce, un'immagine di alta qualità in cui si apprezza il tuo stile personale di presentazione di immagini meravigliose.
Grazie e complimenti

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-06 11:57]

Hola Luis! Que tal?
Tus fotos tienen algo muy especial: sont siempre muy delicadas, con colores suaves y una elegante apresetación.Cuando las véo sé que sont tuyas! Felicitaciones y muchas gracias por compartirlas con nosotros.

hello Luis
this is a Beauty of a bird with great sharpness and good details
lovely shot
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-06 13:03]

Hello Luis.
This is a fine little bird, very well captured in a fine pose. Great focus on the eye, sharp details and a fine background to make it stand out.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Luis!
Fantastica cattura,ottimi i colori perfetta la nitidezza bene il POV.
Ciao Nico

Hello Luis

Congratulations for this 1st one in TN,
once again a small bird photo with beautiful
and soft light & color tons, very fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness and details,



hello Luis
Amazing capture with perfect sharpness and wonderful delicate colors, superb blurred BG, DOF and pose, a real beauty, thanks a lot
Have a good night

Hi Luis,
Another perfect image for you. Great light and amazing focus on its eye. Its a very pleasing composition indeed.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-06 23:58]

Lovely colors and beautiful species, fine composition and lighting. tfs.

great capture with delicate colours, TFS Ori

Hello Luis
excellent photo, great depth of field, colors, sharpness and composition. Job well done!
Regards Hedesan

Bonjour Luis,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet dans une très belle attitude ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Luis - a fine pose of the bird with great sharpness and lighting. the blurry BG has lent a good image. tfs

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-04-07 8:43]

Hi Luis,
Natural colors, great clarity and composition,
Congratulations, regards ..

Hola Luis,
me gustan tus luces y supongo son el reflejo del ambiente reinante en tu zona
que debe ser seco y caluroso... al menos así lo parece por las luces y colores de tus trabajos.
Impresionante nitidez y la captura del ojo sobresaliente. Encuadre de libro.
Abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Luis,

Beautiful bird & brilliantly captured.
The POV is very good & great sharpness. Well done & TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-11 14:07]

Hello Luis,
Congratulations on this first on TN. This is a very beautiful bird indeed, and you have captured his image with wonderful detail and attractive natural colors. The clean BG really allows us to concentrate on his fine features. Great work!!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-04-11 17:14]

Hola Primo,

Congratulations on your first on TN. This is a beautiful shot of the Towhee in a marvelous pose against a perfect background. I wonder if we have this bird here; I haven't seen one. The colors are beautiful - I love the rufous crown and the yellow in the wings. Super sharp details and another one of your amazing compositions.


Hola Luis

Una pajaro muy bello, con esa corona superior en diferente color y esos ojos con gran nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

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