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Chestnut-eared Aracari

Chestnut-eared Aracari
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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: 2013-09-18
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
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-10-14 6:57
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chestnut-eared Aracari or Chestnut-eared Araçari (Pteroglossus castanotis), is a bird native to central and south-eastern South America. It belongs to the toucan and aracari family (Ramphastidae). P. castanotis is a larger, more colorful bird than the Black-necked Aracari (P. aracari), which it otherwise resembles.

It is 43 cm. Bill black with red base and orange streak along upper mandible. Chestnut cheeks, throat and nape. Red band across lower breast.
The range of the Chestnut-eared Aracari is the southern Amazon Basin, especially the southwestern of this region. It is also found in the eastern Andean foothills; a narrowing range extension enters central-southern Colombia by 900 kilometres.

The southern Amazon Basin range narrows in the southeast to only the upstream half-headwaters of the north-flowing Amazon River tributaries. This range continues southeastwards into the central and southern cerrado and ends in the Paraná River region in eastern Paraguay, southeastern Brazil and the extreme northeast of Argentina.
It stays in more open habitats.

Call a harsh, querulous squeal: “skreeeyip!” often repeated many times.

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

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Hello Peter my neighbour today.
Another superb picture.
Wonderful colour and stunning sharpness.
A superb timing with optimum accuracy.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
A very interesting bird with an amazing beak. Great pic.

What an amazing bird from Brazil, Peter!
It is great creation of nature with such beautiful colours on it.
This capture is a masterpiece unto itself with immaculate timing for an action shot.
The bill is truly gargantuan and looks powerful in this posture of imbibing food.
One of the best shots on TN in my experience of more than 7 years.
Thanks for sharing another classic image from your tour to South America.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
Superb photo, excellent point of view and detail.
Good pose, nice setting and background
Wonderful bird!
regards yiannis

Hello Peter!
Perfect shot of this amazing bird. What a beautiful color combination it has on the body; you have captured your subject superbly.wish to see that bird from my eyes :)
Best regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-14 10:40]

Hi Peter,
It's simply fantastic photo. Beautiful toucan in gorgeous
colours, excellent details and with a very good moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-10-14 11:26]

Great one again dear Peter

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-10-14 13:43]

Magnífica fotografía de esta exótica y rara ave. Oportuna la captación justa de el momento cuando ingiere algo de alimento. La composición simple e impecable.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-14 14:36]

Hi Peter,another very incredible pic,my words are finish,i don't know what to tell you,every time a masterwork and a spectacular rare specie to watch!!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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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 18:31]

Hello Peter,
A stunning shot of this beautiful Chestnut-eared Aracari.
Love the unique markings and gorgeous colors in it's plumage. What a massive bill and to capture it at such a precise moment with open mouth is a rarity. Great job!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-14 21:04]

Very colorful bird with open beak...fine timing to get this action...well captured. tfs.

Hello Peter,
照的很清晰 動作很可愛 抓住鳥它進食的那一瞬間
色彩美麗 角度很棒 構圖美麗

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-15 4:57]

Hello Peter,
I see that you have been very sucessful during your trip to Brazil. Excellent and vivid shot of a striking bird-species. Wow!!
Thanks a lot

Hello Peter,
Thanks for visiting my gallery! I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness, DOF and colors of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice POV and outstanding clarity. What a perfect moment....

Another amazing exotic bird Peter! Great photo! Fantastic pose, perfect timing, very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hi Peter,
What a stunning macro capture of an incredibly beautiful toucan! Everything about this pic is perfect: composition, DOF, POV, sharpness, details, colors and BG. A real materpiece! Thanks, Peter, and have a nice day!

Hallo Peter,
Die kleure en skerpte op hierdie pragtige voêl is fantasties. En wonderlike aksie! Welgedaan en beste groete.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-16 5:30]

Hello Peter.
Excellent clear crisp shot, very good sharpness and superb details, good composition , nice natural colors, very good light and great timing.Regards Siggi

hallo Peter
Hier ben ik weer na 1 week ziekte (virus)
Wat is deze mooi Peter
Haarscherp en super kleuren met veel details
vooral de bes
pracht vogel en mooie compositie
wachten op de volgende
gr lou

Boa noite Peter!
Today I have a little time for "smile"...
Superb capture of this impressive species.Another brazilian beauty!
Great POV and compo,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Best wishes!

Ciao Peter Great time! Great pose! Details and sharp perfect with Amazing colours.


Dear Peter,
Sorry, I was for a month absent from TN, I had a problem with my spectacles...

I added your work to my theme "Animals feeding, part two" and at the same time die of envy! We toured for months South America and in all the time we spent in the jungle in different countries, we did not see once a Toucan in the wild...
It is wonderful to see the details of this species so close, thank you for sharing.

The pattern on the edge of the beak is amazing - at first view - one thinks "teeth"?!? :-) the deep red inside of the mouth is rather unusual.

You photographed a strong fit animal, well groomed, and I am always fascinated to watch the species feeding with this enormous beak.

Have a happy week end
Warm greetings

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-10-28 14:09]

Linda foto de qualidade excelente meus parabéns.

What can I say about this shot?!!! So sharp and clear. The framing by the two trees makes it more beautiful.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-04 2:42]

Hi Peter
exciting moment of the bird. The colors are really impressive. The gaping beak is so well capture to add excitement to your composition.
Nice presentation.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-11-22 11:57]

Hola Peter
Una foto fabulosa, de esta especie tengo un par de fotos, son aves muy bellas. Me gusta la axion y el momento de la toma y su entorno...saludos.

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