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Blue Dacnis (m)

Blue Dacnis (m)
Photo Information
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: 2007-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-24 12:32
Viewed: 4142
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is a resident breeder from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.
Normally it lives in the high forest canopy and forest edges on various heights. It also occurs in forests and other woodlands. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is brown-blotched white two eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.
The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. It has a relatively short bill compared to other honeycreepers. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black forehead, throat and back. The wings and tail are black edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.
So this is a male. The next photo I show you the female.
These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnis’s call is a thin tsip or tsri.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-24 12:43]

Hi Peter
Very nice capture.Excellent POV and lovely colors.DOF is also good,I like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

What a beautiful little bird! Excellent shot capturing the bird and it's perch cleanly - using shallow d.o.f. for the surroundings. Nice!

Best, Penny

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-24 13:12]

Hi Peter. What a colourful little bird. one i have never seen so thanks for posting. you have captured fine detail and colour. with good light in the eye. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.good notes too.
Have a good weekend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-24 14:51]

Hello Peter, great bird from Brasil. Well composed, good technique and great background !


Buerna composición y precioso documento.
Saludos Peter.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-25 22:37]

Hello Peter

A beautiful shot of this honeycreeper.The colours are lovely.Very good DOF and POV.The focus is good with a nice OOF BG.Very good eye contact and catch light.TFS


Good Morning Peter,

An impressive capture of this blue beauty in a lovely posture from nice POV, the focus looks nice.
TFS anf have a nice Sunday!


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