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Yellow-billed Cardinal

Yellow-billed Cardinal
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-07 7:00
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Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow-billed Cardinal, paroaria capitata, is a very common bird in the Pantanal. It lives around marshes and along the shores of lakes and rivers.
Bill bright pinkish yellow. Head bright red with a black bib. Above black with partial white nuchal collar. Below white. Juvenile has head brown, bib buff and upperparts duskier.
To be confused only with Red-crested Cardinal, which is larger with a crest and gray upperparts.

The Yellow-billed Cardinal is one of the Pantanal’s characteristic birds and can occur in large flocks.
It regularly congregates around houses to feed on rice and food scraps and large numbers visit many ecolodges. Also often forages close to the water’s edge, sometimes venturing out onto floating vegetation.

Musical song is a simple repeated “tsit-whit-tu-cheu”, given mainly in the early morning.

Source book: Birds of Brazil, The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil, written by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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hallo Peter
SUPER mooi en SUPER scherpe opname
leuke compositie en goed licht
de achtergrond is ook mooi egaal
kleuren zijn prachtig vooral die rode kop is super goed samen met de oranje snavel
pracht plaatje
groet lou

Hello Mr.Peter,
Any Photographer would be proud and happy to get such specie in such majestic pose.
Nice to you have used the opportunity very well and result is infront of us.
Excellent BG which isolated the Cardinal nicely.Light and sharpness is really beautiful,where details made an attraction.Like it.
Thanks for your great contribution here in TN,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter,
Another master piece,remarkable details,clarity,colours and the composition.Glittering little eye is just fantastic.

You are delivering us tons of pleasure through your superb pictures from Brazil, Peter. This is not only a beautiful bird but the way you have shot it is also just outstanding. Superb colours and the bird stands out brilliantly against that flawless background.
Bravo and many thanks!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-07 8:42]

Waaw Peter,your pics from Brazil are really fantastics,every time a beautiful and rare surprise and a top quality capture,this is a new magnificent example,the best details,bright colors in a perfect exposure,very well done!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Still loving the way you focus the Nikon, me still loving it as a camera. Eyes and head same color. Makes it hard for most but not you there buddy. You rarely drop a beat. Lovin it.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-07 9:15]

Shalom Peter,

The little fella posed well for you, and you took full advantange of the moment.

Great pic!



Another amazing bird from Brazil Peter! Another GREAT photo too! Very good composition and impressive sharpness! The colours are fantastic!

All perfect Peter
Compo, sharpness, catchlight and COLORS

Most beautiful bird Peter and a perfect picture in every way. Way to go!!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-07 10:13]

Hallo Peter,
Great Capture....!
Superb quality, nice colours and very good composition.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-07 10:33]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful bird,fantastic colours and sharpness details.
Very nice composition with excellent blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-07 10:36]

Hello Peter.
Fantastic photo of this Cardinal.Composition, BG, colours and sharpness are excellent. Interesting and beautiful bird too.Regards Siggi

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
Superb photo and wonderful species to look at.
Excellent detail, good pose and background, nice eye contact.
regards yiannis

Peter you share, always share, the most INCREDIBLE bird shots ever! Well done my friend, simply exquisite; eye contact and brilliant display

Hallo Peter,
Weereens 'n uitstaande foto van jou. Pragtige toevoeging tot jou versameling voëlfoto's vanoor die węreld. Ek onderskryf al die akkolades van almal hierbo. Groete en beste wense.

hallo Peter
照的清晰 很可愛漂亮的鳥
色彩真是鮮豔亮麗 很美很美
構圖漂亮 背景深遂

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  • nazia (83)
  • [2013-10-07 19:03]

At a glance a work of art, not to mention spectacular else :)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-08 7:07]

Red head...beautifully composed image of this lovely cardinal..good lighting and colors. tfs.

Ciao Peter. Impressive focused erd eye. Fabolouse colours stunning details. The compo like a masterpiece.


Hello Peter,
The color red is outstanding, good details of this beautiful specie of the bird, well framed.TFS

Hi Peter,
Great capture of this never seen beautiful bird! Everything is perfect about it: composition, clarity, details, colors and the blurred BG. Very well done, my friend, and thanks. Have a nice day!

Hello Peter,
Simply a wonderful picture of a adorable bird.
superb sharpness with great colour.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Excellent photograph of Yellow-billed Cardinal, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-10 2:31]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely bird with this special red haed contrasting with the rest of its plumage. Pleasant decentred compostion, superb light and perfect sharpness. Another beautiful shot from your travel to Brazil.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-14 18:19]

Awesome image Peter!!!!
What a gorgeous bird and captured perfectly by your lens. The black and white plumage capped off with a bright red helmet makes for a stunning sight for sure. Excellent eye contact and just the right amount of exposure.
You can not possibly improve on an image such as this. Outstanding!!!

Amazing bird Peter
Excellent portrait!What a beauty!Enviable encounter with such wonderful bird.Sharp and clear pic.Superb colours and details.
Best wishes!

what a great bird and a great portrait, greetings ori

Single word identify it: wonderful.
Congratulations. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Peter.
All the best

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