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White-eared Puffbird

White-eared Puffbird
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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: 2013-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-01-04 5:54
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW BIRD FOR TN: The White-eared Puffbird.

The White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru) is a species of bird in the Bucconidae family, the puffbirds. It is found in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina; also Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, dry savanna, and heavily degraded former forest.

As with some puffbirds, the White-eared Puffbird is a round, plump bird with a short, very narrow tail. It has a large head and orange, black-tipped bill, the head appearing almost oversized for its body. The 'sit-and-wait' feeding strategy, for insects, or opportunistic prey may explain this body shape.

The bird is medium brown-backed, same with wings, white and black flecked on the breast. The upper breast is white extending to a narrow-to medium width white collar surrounding the neck. The species is named for its distinctive, medium-sized bright white ear patch. It has blackish eyes, black surrounding the white ear patch, and the same brown, for its crown as the wings/back. Overall, a distinctive, multi-colored bird.

Range: SE Cerradan Brazil
The White-eared Puffbird's range is in south-eastern Brazil, and is centered on the Cerrado region; the range is also on the southeast Atlantic coast from northern Bahia state south to the Paraná–Santa Catarina state borders. The bird's range covers much of the eastern and northern Pantanal; also southern areas of the Caatinga.

In the north and west parts of its range, the range covers the upstream headwaters of some Amazon Basin river systems. The White-eared Puffbird's range encompasses nearly all of northern Bolivia, the Madeira River's many headwater tributary rivers; also the extreme headwaters of the Tapajós River. East of the Tapajós, the range expands into the Cerrado, the upper half of the Xingu River drainage, and the entire drainage system of the Araguaia-Tocantins River, (the eastward system, typically considered part of the 'Amazon Basin').

Peru is part of the range on the very western border region of Bolivia; also some locale regions of north-central Peru. A second locale is mid-river on the downstream Madeira River in southern Amazon Basin Amazonas state.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Mr.Peter,
What a beautiful looking bird.Perfect name.Very well captured and nice presentation.Excellent sharpness with splendid light and colour.I like its bill.Facial expression is really eye-catching.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful species,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter

Congratulations for this new bird on TN, excellent close-up photo with a very fine POV,
and the way with the branch being diagonally framed it gives dynamism to the image,
wonderful warm light, great focus, sharpness, and details, beautiful eye-contact
with beautiful catch-light, TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2014-01-04 8:28]

Merhaba Peter,
Netliği ve kompozisyonu ile çok nefis bir fotoğraf..tebrik ederim, saygılarımla..

Great sharpness and detail, especially in the plumage. Thanks for rejoining a new specimen of the large collection of our TN.
Congratulations, Peter!

From Argentina, Hernan Bortondello

Hello Peter
Superb photo, excellent detail, good point of view, nice eye contact. What an extraordinary bird!
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-04 10:36]

Hi Peter,great new entry of this beautiful rare specie on the TN gallery! Imposing perspective and magnificent details and colors in the best light,very well done!!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Once again a wonderful capture taken with amazing sharpness and excellent clarity. Outstanding colors of a very interesting bird specie. You managed perfect this composition. The light in the birds eye lucks terrific.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2014-01-04 12:44]

That's perfect Peter

Ciao Peter. God sharp perfect focus and details.


Hello Peter.
Great sharpness and detail, especially in the plumage. Super colours and sharpness. Congratulations, Peter!

Hello Peter
What a magnificent image it is.
Beautiful composition with superb sharpness.
Well done.
Best wishes,

Hello Mr.Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色很美麗 光線亮麗
表情很自然 眼睛真是又大又明亮
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Another amazing bird and another great photo Peter! Nice pose, excellent composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

hallo Peter
Jij heb ook wel goed je best gedaan in Brazilië
super mooie opname ,leuk dat puntje aan de snavel
Prachtige kleuren en super scherp de achtergrond is ook erg goed voor deze vogel
Bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-05 2:04]

Hello Peter,
Another interesting bird-species and even a first! Thanks so much for all these interesting postings.
As usual excellent quality of picture and a note with a lot of informations.

Hello Peter,
Great sharpness,clarity and wonderful colours,Lovely light and very well exposed.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-05 10:40]

Hi Peter,
Another very nice photo beautiful bird. Amazing colors
and sharpness details. Excellent composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-05 23:14]

Very cute little bird, colorful too...captured with fine composition, lighting and background. tfs.

Hello Peter, beautiful colors and fantastic details.Regards,Valerian.

Ciao Peter, beautiful diagonal, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-01-07 7:31]

Hi Peter,
What a fabulous collection of birds you're offering us from Brazil.
Each one is more stunning than the next, I'm so many new ones.
Love the sharp details and the great POV on this one.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-01-27 15:43]

Hola Peter, que belleza d ave y de foto, muy bien lograda con buena luz. color, una percha muy buena y el fondo de cielo contrasta muy bien con todos los tonos del ave...saludos.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful photo, I don't know how I missed it. Excellent composition and crop, the bird's just in the left third and looks into the frame. Perfect and very pleasant to the eyes! Such as technical details like exposure, sharpness and colors. Fantastic usage of light as well. One of your best images - and about a species which never before was shown on TrekNature! Absolutely awesome! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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