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Yellow-Crowned Parakeet

Yellow-Crowned Parakeet
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-16 3:11
Viewed: 5470
Points: 18
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Yellow-Crowned Parakeet (Kakariki)

The Kakariki are members of the parrot family which are mainly tropical birds notable for their colourful plumage. There are two main species, the yellow and red-crown. The red-crown tends to be larger than the yellow.

The Kakariki are basically bright green in colour but as with most green coloured birds, some very beautiful colour varieties are produced. The red-crowned Kakariki is distinguished by a bright crimson forehead, crown and a streak through the eye with violet-blue on the wings while the yellow-crowned has a golden yellow crown. Sometimes specimens have been found where the green gives way to a bright canary yellow while the bright red and violet remain. There have been other specimens taken which are bright red or predominately blue.

Found in low numbers in forested areas through the King Country and the Urewera to the Raukumera Ranges, also on Three Kings, Hen and Chickens, Little Barrier, Great Barrier and Kapiti Islands. In the South Island they are in Western Marlborough, Nelson, Westland, inland North Canterbury, western Otago, the Catlins and Fiordland and Stewart Island.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 10:53 a.m.
Date: 5th June 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/160
F-Stop: F/4.0
Focal Length: 98mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam. A very well cropped and presented parrot which i happen to like very much. Wonderful colours and useful frame. TFS. Murray.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-16 5:07]
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Hello Pam,
This is a superb capture of a yellow crowned Parakeet, first class in all respects and you should have credit for that.
But there is one thing that I feel frustrated about:
For the person mainly interested in photography with a secondary interest in nature, it doesn't seem to matter where the shot was taken.
But for people like me who are primarily interested in nature and use photography to express it, it is very important to know where the shot was taken and if possible under what conditions.
This fine shot is of a species native to NZ, but I don't know whether it was taken in an aviary or out in the wild near Christchurch.
I would be most grateful to know.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-16 7:56]

Hi Pam!

Very good portrait of green Kakariki. I like composition and frame, bird's pose, POV. Pity that there wasn't more sunlight. Overall very good as always my friend!

Hi Pam, What a excellent shot the saturation thoughout is spot on, the narrow dof works beautifully, spot on :) Cheers Rick

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-17 2:14]

Hi Pam,
excellent composition and very striking colour, you have done this beautiful looking bird justice here.

A nice clear capture of this Kakariki Pam.
I've only seen these in the wild once,on Mt Pirongia.
Shame birds like this aren't as widespread as they once were.
A beautiful shot anyway.

Morning Pam,
Beautiful bird/image with excellent quality. Very nice color & exposure, and the close-crop comp works for me. Great detail, DOF, and blurred BG..
No WS, but I still would've removed the ankle bracelet ;)
Very well done.

bonsoir Pam
Excellente prise en portrait de ce beau perroquet
Les couleurs sont éclatantes et la netteté est parfaite. Félicitations pour la qualité.

Merci au revoir et Amitié...JP

Superb capture of the yellow crowned Parakeet.

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