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Five birds, six eyes

Five birds, six eyes
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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, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-07 6:16
Viewed: 2116
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A big surprise to me when I saw these five Guira Cuckoos close to each other sitting on a branch in the heat of the day. The one in front looked at me and this scene gave me a big smile. A funny view.

Only the busy environment is a pity, but you can’t choose it always. For me still good enough to post it.

The Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira) is a social, non-parasitic cuckoo found widely in open and semi-open habitats of eastern and southern Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and north-eastern Argentina. It is monotypic within the genus Guira, and is related to the anis.

It has whitish-buff underparts and rump, dark brownish upperparts, a broadly white-tipped dark tail that is relatively long, an orange-rufous crest, bare yellow ocular-skin (commonly fades in captivity), and a relatively heavy, orange-yellow bill. It is generally rather shaggy-looking and has a total length of approximately 34 cm. Like other members of the subfamily Crotophaginae, the Guira Cuckoo gives off a strong, pungent odour.

The Guira Cuckoo is arboreal, but can frequently be seen on the ground, usually in flocks of 6 to 18 individuals. It is sometimes seen with other birds such as the Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) whose behaviour is similar.

The Guira Cuckoo is a bird of open habitats and therefore has expanded its range on human-altered wooded areas, being found even in suburban parks and gardens. It feeds on large arthropods, frogs, eggs, small birds (especially nestlings) and small mammals such as mice. As it is not an accomplished flier, mostly gliding or hopping from one perch to another – clumsier, but otherwise similar to the related Squirrel Cuckoo – it acts as an opportunistic predator, gathering small prey items on the ground or searching for them among branches. The Guira Cuckoo is often seen in small groups in open habitats, gliding from one treetop to another foraging, while vocalizing loudly. The bird's call is unmistakable for being long and shrill, something between a long whistle and a wailing.

The nest is built on a tree fork 2 to 5 m from the ground. The eggs (from 5 to 7) are dark green and covered with a chalky layer. They are incubated either in individual or community nests; in the latter one can find up to 20 eggs. Under community nests there are many broken eggs. The competition between young being great, mortality is significant.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Loved your notes, Peter.
Very sharp.
Most lovely presentation, indeed.

Hello Peter.
Very interesting picture of these Guira Cuckoo, curious one is looking so funny.
Great sharpness colour and ambiance.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-07 6:31]

Very interesting to see these birds huddle together like this...beautiful capture. tfs.

Dear friend Peter,

Hope you are well, happy New Year to you!What a shot! It is indeed very funny photo, nestling close to each other and all those eyes almost on you, you must have felt funny too.....smile.What an opportunity! What a great shot, friend!And Mario has observed your notes are as always so interesting, so creative like your photos, thanks a lot for sharing everything, take care.

Warm regards / Abid

hallo Peter
Wat een leuke en PRACHTIGE opname
super om er meteen vijf aan elkaar te plakken
om op de foto te nemen
super compositie en goed van scherpte met prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer voor deze
gr lou

Hi Peter,
really nice and interesting and sweet photo. Excellent presentation. Incredible situation. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Mr.Peter,
Really rare and amazing moment.Full credit goes to you for showing us such beautiful birds.Title is really nice.Well detailed and natural colour and sharpness in its natural habitat.Like your NOTE.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Thanks for your valuable advice on my last posting.I will try to follow this.

Hello Peter.
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔 一排站著真是漂亮的鏡頭很新奇
光線亮麗 整個畫面色彩非常的飽滿
角度也很棒 照的真是美麗 表情個個不同
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Ciao Peter, fantastic Group capture of lovely birds, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PS: per cortesia clicca mi piace

Hello dear Peter
My best wishes in 2014 to You and Family.
Fantastic and fun pose of this beautiful group of extraordinary birds.Excellent capture.
Thanks and my regards
Jose Diogo

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-01-07 10:34]

Hello Peter,
interesing and beautiful birds,great photo,regards..

Hello Peter
Superb! wonderful scene, the birds stand well from the background, good detail and light.
regards yiannis

Ciao Peter. So pleasant! Good POV. Amazing colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-07 11:39]

Ht Peter,this was a very lucky meeting!! And you caught in the best way this great opportunity with a perfect pic despite the difficult light and with a funny and original title too,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Nice composition,you have here a good opportunity for a superb photo.

Hi Peter, It was your lucky day, it is rare you can capture them all at one time because usually some would fly away and some will stay. Fantastic capture with wonderful lights and POV. Thank very much

Hello Peter,
You post always amazing scenes......Brilliant capture of a very interesting specie of Cuckoos. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. I like very much the superb details.....Outstanding focus. They are five birds because they are non-parasitic cuckoo....like those in Europe....Very interesting image and useful photographers note.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-01-07 23:38]

Hi Peter,

This is a great shot. The "busy environment" is not problem at all, given the uniqueness of the main subjects and the overall excellent technical quality of the picture. Truly lovely and interesting!



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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-08 10:08]

Hi Peter,
Wow,that is a fantastic shot. Nice composition
and sharpness details in amazing natural colors.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
Wow!what a nice moment and you've captured with great details,a beautiful composition.

Amazing scene Peter! Beautiful and interesting photo! Very good composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-10 10:32]

Hello Peter,
The beautiful five! Very funny this shot. I like it very much. Love Cuckoos in general, but the first time I see five in a row..

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-01-11 7:52]

Hola Peter, una foto genial así como el título de la foto; excelente especie que deseo tomarle fotos hace mucho tiempo y una composición de lo mejor, en su entorno natural...saludos.

Hello Peter

Yes you can post this photo any time, the busy environment background
and foreground it is part of these birds, they are all funny looking birds
and your POV obtained the first one's glance on you, TFS


HI Peter,

Fantastic shot the fabulous 5. Love the punk style hair, I want hair like that when I was younger. Excellent photo with natural color and beautiful light, good details over all. I love it.



This one is great, and a rare opportunity to get 5 of them a one shot i guess!
Very funny indeed, and a nice composition. The one looking at you with both eyes really give life to the picture.
PS: I can see from yor gallery you love birds, just like I do.

TFS, Ronny

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