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Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-28 15:44
Viewed: 5201
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
This is another Bird photo that I took at the Indianapolis Zoo and I hope you like it:)
Cheers and Have a Great Day,
ps.I also added another but closer version of this cute bird(taken in different day)to my TL Account(YasminesDad).

The Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata is the most common and familiar estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and the tropical far north. Zebra Finches inhabit open steppes with scattered bushes and trees, but have adapted to human disturbances, taking advantage of human-made watering holes and large patches of deforested land.

There are two distinct sub-species. Taeniopygia guttata guttata, the Timor Zebra Finch, extends from Lombok in the Lesser Sunda Islands or Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia to Sermata in addition to coastal areas around the continent of Australia. The other sub-species is Taeniopygia gutatta castanotis. This species is found over the wide range of continental Australia.

The morphological differences between the sub-species include differences in size. Taeniopygia guttata guttata is smaller than Taeniopygia guttata castanotis. In addition, the T.g. guttata males do not have the fine barring found on the throat and upper breast of T.g. castanotis as well as having small breast bands.

The Zebra Finch breeds after substantial rains in its native habitat, which can occur at any time of the year. Birds in captivity are ready to breed year-round. Wild birds are adaptable and varied in their nesting habits, with nests being found in cavities, scrub, low trees, bushes, on the ground, in termite hills, rabbit burrows, nests of other birds, and the in cracks, crevices, and ledges of human structures. Outside of the breeding time, brood nests are constructed for sleeping in.

"Zebra Finches are extremely gregarious birds that are never met singly in their native habitat but are always found in groups of several pairs. The closest bond is between the cock and the hen... these two do things separately only while the eggs and nestlings have to be kept warm. However, despite the close contact with their mates, adult females indulge in bodily contact only rarely. Males in full coloration never do" - Hans-Jürgen Martain, 'Zebra Finches'.
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-28 16:05]
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Hi Chris

Wow, what can I say? Such a small little birdie - such a huge capture. This one lies at a good level on the cuteness factor scale.

Lovely composition, brilliant colours, great details, a well removed BG with OOF area that compliments the finch very well, and perfect exposure that rendered lovely contrasts on the whites and darker areas of the bird. The only small nit might be the little rings on the leg, but you did say it was taken in a zoo environment so probably it is better you left the photo untouched.

Great work and TFS.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-28 16:09]

Hi Chris,
Well captured this little bird. Great details and sharpness. I like the composition here.
tfs paula

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-28 16:35]

Wow Chris,
What a beautifull bird, never seen it before. I love the colours. The BG and POV are great, but I agree with Loot about the little rings.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-28 18:24]

Amo a estas aves, recuerdo que he tenido como mascotas especímenes muy similares cuando era pequeño.
Bella imagen Chris con buenos detalles, gracias a un apropiado DOF y foco.
Me gusta la elección del encuadre con buena difusión del fondo de la escena.
Intensos y naturales colores, sin saturarlos innecesariamente.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

I love these birds, I remember that I have had as mascots very similar specimens when I was child.
Beautiful image Chris with good details, due to an appropriate DOF and focus.
I like the election of the framing with good diffusion of the bottom of the scene.
Intense and natural colors, without saturating them unnecessarily.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hello Chris.

Excellent picture, nice colour


Hi Chris

I live these Finch. I always visit the free flight aviary at Auckland Zoo as they have many of the sweet wee guys. You have done a great job here. Nice catchlight in the eye too. TFS.

Hello CT,
Great colours and fine detail!
Close-up work well done, my friend...
Nice composition with good lines!
Greetin gs,
Pablo -

Hi Chris,
Great shoot, well focused, nice DoF, great sharpness and neat BG. Composition-wise, IMHO, it was cropped to tight at lower and right parts.

Ben Lakitan

Lovely and colorfull bird.
Excellent shot, well exposed and composed.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-29 4:40]

Hi Chris

What a superb little bird! Is it a bit camera shy or what happened, because she blushed a little :))
I'm just kidding...i remember these birds well - my uncle gave me a pair for Christmas when i was about 5 years old :)
Beautiful and very colorful little birds, features you managed to capture here very well.
Also the POV is great, the details are very nice and sharp and the lighting is excellently managed.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-29 5:45]
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Hello Chris,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,details,BG and composition are excellent.Have a great day!

Hello cris,

excellent work, greatd etails, very crisp, nie colors, bg POv DOf nicle done

TFS Kyle

Hi Chris,
An excellent shot on this Zebra Finch. Spot on exposure has the colors and detail in the plunage looking really good. Perect control on the DOF. Great supportive notes. Well done my friend!

hi chris
a voir les bagues je suppose qu'il s'est echappé de sa cage,mais cela n'enleve rien a la reussite de ce cliché joliment coloré.bravo.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-29 13:34]

Hello Cris , A great shot from this Zebra Finch , good compositie colours sharpnes details and bg ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-29 14:39]

Hi Chris,
A beautiful bird and a perfect shot! Colors, details, pose and composition are wonderful.
TFS, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-01 9:22]

selam dostum
i like especially your using of light-flash and its colours in your photo. composition, point of view, depth of field, sharpness, details and note are great

Lovely species, colourful but look a little bit sad! Great shot Chris!

Fantastic shot my friend!
so sharp and it's a cute little bird! Wonderful details and beautiful colours! Take care Ana:)

HI Chris,
excellent shot, beautiful color , background really accents the color of the bird TFS

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