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NZ Tui

NZ Tui
Photo Information
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: 2007-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital Raw 1000, Hoya UV 72mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 0:43
Viewed: 5133
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.

The name Tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the formal common name. The plural is simply 'Tui', following Māori usage. The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in religious attire.

On closer inspection it can be seen—and from the photo—that Tui have faded browner patches on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 18:50 p.m.
Date: 31st October 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
F-Stop: F/9
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 1000

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Hi Pam
You did nice work by capturing this cool bird with great details and pose.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-14 2:41]

Bonjour Pam,

Bravo pour cette belle présentation,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et le focus bien dirigé.

Hi Pam. Perfect shot in many ways. Excellent details,equally commendable PoV against the clear sky and wonderful light on the bird. Fine composition with no extraneous details.Regards. Klaudio.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-14 4:50]

Hi Pam
Excellent capture.Good POV and sharp image whit excellent details.I like the expression from your subject and the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-14 7:24]

Hi Pam, I love this shot, I really like the black tones and the light creating the sheen on the plumage. The feathers look wonderful all fluffed up and this is a perfect pov to admire it. Beautiful pose and good light on the eye and beak, the white feather is most unusual. Very handsom bird indeed. Great focus, exposure and light, good clarity and sharpness. Wonderful shot.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-14 21:33]

Hello Pam, that's a beautiful shot of the very impressive bird. Great details, very sharp and very nice pose. Well done. thanks !


Wonderful capture and note.

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