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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-08 20:14
Viewed: 5243
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At this time of the year, it often rains here in Brazil, and the rain brings some big ants we here call “tanajura”. In an Indian language of one of the tribes from Brazil, the word “tanajura” means “ant that can be eaten”.

The bird above agrees with it…

There is hardly a more diverse family of birds in the world than the Cuculidae. The variety ranges from parasitic songsters that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds (the classic Old World cuckoo) to large & rangy ground-feeders like the Guira Cuckoo of southern South America (above) to secretive beasts whose gurgling "waterbottle" calls can dominate an African landscape, such as the Burchell's Coucal. The biodiversity in this group may support the growing feeling among ornithologists that the wonderfully strange birds which comprise the current "family" should more properly separated into four to six different families. The relationship of the groups of these birds to each other is still very uncertain.


It's a "bird of eastern tropical South America in the cuckoo family, Cuculidae. It is 40 cm (16 inches) long, with gray-brown streaked body, short frowsy crest, and a thinner bill than that of its close relatives, the anis. Guiras live in small flocks in grasslands and feed on grasshoppers and other insects. Guiras, like anis, give off a strong, pungent odour".


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To wgreis: Simlivios 1 10-16 23:56
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Hi Livio,
Thet is a geat looking shot. The colors and detail look great from the spot on exposure. Not only is the bird colorful and sharply detailed, but the red dirt mound against the green OOF backround also looks great.
Great job!

A real beauty, detail and exposure are on the mark and the pose is regal, nice work.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-08 22:37]

I love this clown bird, he's rather cute. Those ants look big too Livio, and must make a good food source for them, TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-08 22:55]

Hello Livio,
Good to see a post from you. : )
My favorite bird from Brazil. and what a big ant he has in his beak!
Great POV, sharp details, beaautiful light.
TFS. : )

nice shot with good composition, the dof is good. shot looks quite colourful.the red mould looks very nice in the picture.

Ola Livio,
Great sharpness and very neat image. Nicely capturing this pretty bird. Great DoF. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Very nice shot of this colorful guy!

Long time no see! Another nice shot of this flying comedian ;) Nice combination of reds and greens here - is it just me, or is it a little oversaturated though? "King of the Castle!"
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-09 7:09]

Hi Livios,

Long time no see! This is a beautiful picture. The colors are great and the blurred bg is very nice. Well done & TFS!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-09 7:11]

Hi Livio

Splendid capture here with this interestin bird posing here for you :)
I like the POV very much. Also very nice lighint and lovely colors. Great framing and composition, too.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Great capture Livio.
Great sharpness and composition, a real king of the castle.
Well done.

Great work Livio,
Sharp and detailed, perfect DOF. Very good color, light, POV, and uniform BG. The small berry in beak is a very nice touch too :)
Very well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-09 9:00]

Bonjour Livio, splendid capture of this beautiful bird. Colors are well saturated and composition is good. For me, I will prefer a bit shift to the left !! Any way good work, congratulations, Didier.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-10-09 10:44]

Olá Livio
fazia tempo que não via suas fotos por aqui, ou de repente não coincidiu... :)
e aprendi mais uma não sabia que tanajura é formiga que pode-se comer!!.
a foto esta perfeita como lhe é usual.
parabens e TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-09 10:57]

Lovely shot of this elegant bird on top of the termite mound - very sharp, good lighting and fantastic colours.
TFS, Ulla

Dear friend... I love the image of this so showy bird.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, lighting, notes

I like it: framing (lightly centered), background (something confused)

I dared to make a Workshop using Neat Image for to reduce something the effect of the bottom on the image.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hi Livio
Une belle prise. Comme à l'habitude, netteté et exposition sont au rendez-vous. Le fond sombre mais pas totalement foncé est idéal comme arrière-plan.
Belle performance,merci de nous la partager...JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-10 3:52]

Hello Livio,
Wonderful capture.I liked vivid colors,lighting,colors,sharpness,moment you caught and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-11 20:30]

Hello Livio,
Stunning shot. Great details and colours. Interesting subject too.
Best greetings,

Olá Lívio,
linda foto. Assim que vi a terra vermelha já pensei logo em Patos de Minas.
Conheço este nosso amigo pelo nome de Anú Branco, confere???
A posição do sol ofereceu ótima luminosidade, a dor do bico do nosso amigo está fantástica! Nitidez e cores também ficaram marcantes.

Hi Livio

What a lovely shot. Great array of colours. Good low POV and clear sharp details. Very nice work. TFS.

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