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High in the sky


High in the sky
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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: 2005-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-04 12:31
Viewed: 3922
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Species: Guira Guira
Family: CUCULIDAE

Mede 38 cm. Corpo franzino, cauda comprida, graduada e com fita preta. Branco-amarelado, bico cor de laranja (cinzento no indivíduo imaturo ). Bico forte e curvo. Sexo sempre semelhante. O cheiro do corpo é forte e característico, perceptível para nós a vários metros e capaz de atrair morcegos hematófogos e animais carnívoros. Quando empoleira arrebita a cauda e joga-a até às costas. Anda sempre em bandos. São aves extremamente sociáveis.

Até certo ponto são beneficiados pelo desaparecimento da mata alta, pois vivem em campos, lavouras e ambientes mais abertos. Imigram em regiões onde eram desconhecidos e tornam-se as aves mais comuns ao longo das estradas. Devido as seu vôo lerdo e fraco, são freqüentemente atropelados nas estradas. São arrastados ao mar por fortes ventos. São atingidos pela ação funesta dos inseticidas, fato tanto mais lamentável por serem muito úteis à lavoura.

Ocorre do sudeste do Amapá e do estuário amazônico à Bolívia, Argentina e Uruguai.

Gostam de apanhar sol e banhar-se na poeira, ficando a plumagem às vezes fortemente tingida com a cor da terra do local ou de cinza e carvão, sobretudo se eles correrem antes pelo capim molhado, o que torna suas penas pegajosas. Pela manhã e após as chuvas, pousam de asas abertas para enxugarem-se. À noite, para se esquentar, juntam-se em filas apertadas ou aglomeram-se em bandos desordenados; acontece de um correr sobre as costas dos outros, que formam a fila, para forçar a sua penetração entre os companheiros. Procuram moitas de taquara para pernoitar. Esta espécie morre de frio no inverno. Arrumam as suas plumagens reciprocamente.

São essencialmente carnívoros, comendo gafanhotos, percevejos, aranhas, miriápodes etc. Predam também lagartas peludas e urticantes, lagartixas e camudongos. Cospem pelotas. Pescam na água rasa; periodicamente comem frutas, bagas, coquinhos e sementes, sobretudo na época seca quando há escassez de artrópodes.

Os seus ovos são relativamente muito grandes, tem de 17 a 25% o peso da fêmea. A cor dos ovos é verde-marinho, uma rede branca calcária em alto relevo se espalha sobre toda a superfície. Tanto há ninhos individuais, como coletivos. A fêmea que construiu um ninho e ainda não começou a pôr os seus ovos, joga fora os ovos postos ali por outras fêmeas. Joga também os ovos, quando a fêmea poedeira encontra o ninho onde quer pôr ocupado por outra ave. Os adultos nem sempre zelam bem pelos ninhos com ovos, abandonando-os. Os filhotes deixam o ninho antes de poder voar, com a cauda curta, e são alimentados ainda durante algumas semanas. Quando os seus ninhos são abandonados, às vezes são aproveitados por outros pássaros, cobras, por pequenos mamíferos, sobretudo marsupiais.

(Source: www.faunacps.cnpm.embrapa.br/ave/anubranc.html)
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ISO: 50
Post process on Photoshop CS2
Sharpness through Intellisharpen II (www.fredmiranda.com)
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  • Great 
  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-04 12:42]
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Another good shot, these birds are so beautiful in the blue sky. I think the image is a little bit noisy? What is the white part at RH?

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-04 13:40]

Excellent shot, Livio.
Well done on the composition. The clouds coming in from the right is a great feature.

Mike

Excellent capture Livio! The sky are very blue and beautiful.
Superb sharpness and light, great composition.

Well done!

Ola Livio
Que bonita foto. Perfeitamente esporta, mesmo no inicio da nuvem.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-04 14:06]

What amazing birds, these Guira Cuckoos. A new species for me, Livio. You have so many interesting birds in your part of the world. Thank you for bringing them to us through TN. Anyway, a beautiful shot against the blue sky and the clouds. Sharp details, good light, and great composition, though I wish the cloud on the right did not go so high up. But what can we do? Well done and TFS. : )

Very strange bird, the colours are very good and composition is also very good.

Hello Livio, Very fitting title with this POV..I think the divided sky makes an excellent backdrop for this great looking pair of birds, Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-04 15:47]

Hi Livio, extraordinary birds. I've never seen anything like it. Good shot with a very noce POV. Also very good to get two in a shot. Well done.

  • Great 
  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-07-04 15:50]

wonderful composition...
great models...
beautiful sky..
thanks a lot for sharing Livio...

Wonderful shot Livio,
I've never seen this bird before, so thank you for posting this shot.
Well composed, good POV and great colours.
Thanks for posting

Hi Livio,

An excellent job to get such good exposure looking up into that bright sky. Perfect composition and framing on this.

Scott

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-07-04 18:52]

Fantastic capture Livio! As Paul said - extraordinary birds. I've also never seen them before. Blue sky and very well exposed Guiras - detailed and colorfull. Very nice work!

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  • anoop Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
  • [2005-07-04 23:11]

very intersting birds. Never seen these before. Thanks for sharing them.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-05 3:29]

Beautiful and interesting shot for these superb birds ! Good composition in diagonal, great colors and POV ! Thanks for sharing Livio.

Hello Livio!
Wonderful pair.I liked colors,lighting and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Lovely shot Livio!
These fellows are really beautiful and the photo is almost perfect.
I love the BG with sky. Light is great.
I like it very much.
WELL DONE!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-05 4:28]

Hello again Livio!
Wonderful shot.Colors,lighting,clear eyes,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-05 6:05]

Hello Livio,

These birds look awesome!! Their pose is great and I absolutely love the colors of the birds and the great sky Really well composed and good sharp details. I agree with Midi that the sky is a wee bit noisy, but still this is a great photo. Very well done & TFS!

Regards,
Pieter

Very beautiful birds, Livio!
Excellent lighting, great composed, very nice background. GREAT !
TFS!

Wooow Livio!~
Yopur birds are absolutely great! So cute! So nice! So beautiful.
Great photo!

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-05 9:23]

Hello Livio!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

excelente composição, cores e nitidez. Adorei.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-07-06 7:59]

Hi Livio, very good composition of these two. I loved the lighting and the blue BG. with white clouds.
Well done.

Half white, half blue and some very strange, not know with me, birds, a beautiful composition, Livio !

Amazing shot Livio. First of all it is two absolutely beautiful birds. The sharpness is excellent, the colours are great. But most of all the composition with two birds in exactely the same pose is simply fantastic. A second to none shot which you can be very proud of my friend.

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