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Violet Euphonia

Violet Euphonia
Photo Information
Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-18 14:23
Viewed: 3811
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Violaceous Euphonia, Euphonia violacea, is a small passerine bird in the true finch family. It is a resident breeder from Trinidad, Tobago and eastern Venezuela south to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina.
It occurs in forests, second growth and plantations of cocoa and citrus fruit. The ball nest is built on a bank, tree stump or cavity and the normal clutch is four, sometimes three, red-blotched white eggs, which are incubated by the female.
Adult Violaceous Euphonias are 11.4 cm long and weigh 14 g. The male has glossy blue-black upperparts and a deep golden yellow forehead and underparts. The female and immature are olive green above and greenish yellow below.
These are social birds which eat mainly small fruit and only rarely take insects. The Violaceous Euphonia’s song is a varied mix of musical notes, squeaks, chattering and imitation.

MMM, nglen, jmirah, dew77, Luis52, eqshannon, deblink, coasties, angybone, SkyF, marhowie, ellis49, SelenE, Aaltjie, Adanac, gracious, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-18 14:50]

Hello Lawhill
Beautiful image of that bird I had never seen before.Very sharp with lovely colors.Very nice composition with good BG.
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-18 15:01]

Hi Lawhill. This is a beautiful shot of the Euphonia. A bird i have never seen so thanks for showing it. very good colour and fine detail.a very good pose on the tree. the eye has cought the light just right. a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS. great notess to read as well thanks.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-18 15:04]

Hi Lawhill,

How beautiful!! I have never seen this bird before. The yellow and black is amazing. Wonderful details of the plummage and of the face with the nice expression. Lovely pose and setting.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-18 15:06]

Outstanding colors and detail of an unusual bird...Great POV and composition...Very well done...TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-18 15:15]

Hello Lawhill,
Beautiful sharp photo of this Euphonia. Great POV, DOF, colours and composition.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-18 15:27]

Hello Lawhill,
Very nice capture of this beautiful bird.Vivid colors,catchlight in eyes,framing,BG and clear details are wonderful.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-18 16:40]

Hola Lawhill.- Bella la presentacion de este colorido Pajarillo. Jamas habia visto alguno de ellos, y ya veo que solo en el sur de America habitan estas especies. Gracias por compartir. Saludos Luis52.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-18 16:51]

selam lawhill; wow excellent shot of this bird at rigt moment,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Another addition to your bird collection and because they are all so sharp, crisp and cover the whole body with nice place for the bird to stand....you could be making a book soon eh?

Washington State

What and immaculate looking bird and an immaculate image of it Lawhill. The quality of the image is wonderful, great sharpness and detail. Nice POV and DOF too. Stunning.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-18 22:37]

Hello Lawhill

TN teaches me everyday that there is so much in the world I have never seen before.What a beautiful bird,well captured with sharp detail and excellent colour saturation.Well composed in the frame.TFS


Lovely shot!! Well done!


Great shot of this stunning bird.
Brilliant colours captured perfectly.
Good pose and well composed.
Excellent sharpness.


Hi Lawhill

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. Lovely to view. TFS.

PERFECT color -- - -what a fabulous yellow and contrasted against the black, it's absolutely wonderful.
Perfect focus, great composition. Lovely lovely!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-19 7:24]

Hello Lawhill,
a wonderful bird, very color and very nice markings he is showing off.
You captured him very well, the details in the plumage shows off very well and the colorrs afre fabulous.
Very nicely set against this OOF BG, which shows it off very well.
Wonderful composition and lovely framing.

Hi Lawhill,
Beautiful bird, interesting color combination. Very good sharpness, details, color, POV, and framing.
Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-19 10:37]

Hi Lawhill,
Outstanding portrait shot of this beautiful finch. Vivid colours and very impressive sharpness. Excellent POV and DOF. I like its calm and composed pose. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Lawhill,
a fine picture with lovely colours and pretty good sharpness.
IMO it's a bit bright but that's a minor nit.
Well composed and good POV.
Well done.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-19 17:19]

Hello Lawhill, Fantastic shot of this beautiful bird, I love the black and yellow. Very sharp and colorful, great POV and composition..well done

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-06-19 19:28]

magnifica foto uma ave muito bela e com qualidade ótima.

Hello Lawhill , excellent colors and comp. very sharp TFS.

Wow Lawhill! This is such an interesting specie. It reminds me of the Baltimore Oriole that I have the chance to see once or twice a year and who love citrus too! This is a superb capture of a beautiful bird with great POV, nice details and catch-light. Your notes are very interesting too. I would have been tempted to adjust the curves a little in PS as I think the image is a little “white veiled”. I hope you’ll understand what I mean as I don’t know if I use the good English words
:-) TFS,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-21 3:53]

What incredible colors on this bird, Lawhill.
And I love the sound of its name. : )
Brilliant colors and great pose.
He sure knows how to show off his bright yellow chest to get the most attention.
TFS. : )

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-21 9:18]

Hi Lawhill,
It's a beautiful bird with great colors. POV and composition is very good. I like the catchlight in the eye a lot. TFS


I think this is just a stunning photo. It deserves every point that it has already received. The colours are outstanding, and stand out well.

Thank you for sharing this photo. It is new to me, as I have never seen one of these before. Good work... I think it deserves a good round of applause.
I enjoyed looking at it.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-24 20:18]

Hello Lawhill,
Wonderful bird captured superbly by your great camera work, thanks for sharing.

Hello Lawhill,
perfect shot of this lovely bird with such vivid colour!
great pov for the captured with such sharpness, lighting and details
well done

Olá Lawhill.
Magnifica imagem !!
Nitidez e cores de deixar qualquer um com agua na boca !!!! rs
Parabéns lindo trabalho....

'Though I've been to Brazil, and in fact ALL over the world, I've NEVER EVER seen such a BEAUTIFUL bird.Once you open this you will discover the extent of my travels.
Best and friendly greetings from Canada from Mario.

This is gorgeous-I have seen them in Trinidad several times and they are startling in the intensity of the yellow!
Thanks for sharing and some happy memories!

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