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Violaceous Euphonia

Violaceous Euphonia
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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: 2007-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-20 7:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from the archive of Brazil. This is the male of the Violaceous Euphonia.

The Violaceous Euphonia, Euphonia violacea, is a small passerine bird. It is a resident breeder from Trinidad, Tobago and eastern Venezuela south to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina.

It occurs in forests, second growth and plantations of cocoa and citrus fruit. The ball nest is built on a bank, tree stump or cavity and the normal clutch is four, sometimes three, red-blotched white eggs, which are incubated by the female.

Adult Violaceous Euphonias are 11.4 cm long and weigh 14 g. The male has glossy blue-black upperparts and a deep golden yellow forehead and underparts. The female and immature are olive green above and greenish yellow below.

These are social birds which eat mainly small fruit and only rarely take insects. The Violaceous Euphonia’s song is a varied mix of musical notes, squeaks, chattering and imitation.

Members of the genus Euphonia are prized as cage birds and several are threatened by trapping, but this species benefits from its relatively inaccessible habitat.

Source: Wikipedia

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To euroblinkie: zal wel erg moeilijk geweest zijn...PeterZ 1 05-20 08:40
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Hallo Peter
What a archived, Brazilian beauty. A showpiece at its best. Wow, this is beautiful. The colours of the plumage is spectacular and, and, and. I am suddenly lost with words. A pretty bird, which you have captured with style and pride, and yes, the words came to mind. I stylish and very elegant bird with an assortment of colours in the feathers to be proud of. And I am sure you are just as proud of this image as the bird you have captured. If this was mine, I would certainly been very proud and chuffed with myself. I like it a lot. Thanks for digging this one out of the archive.
Best regards.

Your archives hide treasures, Peter.
Thanks for taking this gem out and sharing it.
The bird looks very attractive with those bright and shining colours on it.
The picture is first rate, technically.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-20 8:01]

Hello Peter
This is a wonderful photo with a beautiful bird taken with low POV, great details and vivid colors. Perfect BG too.

hallo Peter
wat een kleuren!!
super vogeltje
mooi genomen en goed van scherpte
het zal wel moeilijk geweest zijn om deze op de foto te krijgen
groetjes lou

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-20 8:58]

Hola Peter,
esplendida captura,
bello pajaro con colores hermosos y fino foco.
saludos amigo.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-20 9:14]

Hello Peter !

Een schitterende macro. Het contrast van de kleuren is uitstekend.
De beschrijving is heel interessant.
Een mooie avond

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-20 9:40]

Ha Peter,

Een gekleurde prent uit het archief fraai vastgelegd tegen een egale achtergrond,mijn wens is om ook eens vogels te gaan spotten in Brazilie,


Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-20 12:12]

Hello Peter,
Great to see this fine close-up of a Violaceous Euphonia taken from your archives. I have seen this species in Trinidad but that was when I was just a bird watcher and not a photographer. The technical quality, composition and colours are excellent and the POV makes this a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Peter,
nice to see again your Brazil seri after for a long time. wonderful passerine bird. you nicely captured and presented it. focus, POV, eyes contact, coloration and composition very nice. thanks for sharing, have a good night

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-20 13:46]

Hi Peter
Excellent close up image of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and razor sharp image.Excellent detail and outstanding colors.I also like the catch light in the eye.Good text to
TFS Michel

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-05-20 13:49]

Hello Peter !
This bird is sooooo beautiful, I love his vivid yellow color ! You have also captured him in a wonderful pose, with nice details, beautiful composition and POV, and a splendid blurred BG. Very well done !

Hi Peter, an awesome capture of this colourful beauty which i saw firstly with fine composition and excellent details from nice POV.
TFS and cheers,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-20 16:18]

Hi Peter,

It's always wonderful to see one of your exotic birds! The colors of this one are truly amazing - beautiful blues and the vivid yellow. Outstanding details of the face, eye, wings and plumage. I love the pose, background and composition.


A very beautiful shot, and that's an understatement, Peter...
Thanks for sharing this moment in time.

At first I thought you had cut off his tail but I looked in the big size and I saw it was only the perch. The colors are excellent. The position of the bird is wonderful. You have done very well in this image.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-21 12:40]

Hello Peter,
Very attractive picture with cute eye-contact and superb exposure of the colorful feathers. I like excellent DOF, details of the bird and smoothness of the BG. Well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-05-21 12:52]

merhaba peter
wonderful capture of this cute and colourful bird
i like composition, POV, BG and its pose

Supongo que una especie difícil de capturar, al menos yo creo que no la había visto nunca. Lástima del ligero desenfoque ya que los colores son estupendos así como la correcta y dinámica pose del ave.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Peter
a great shot of this Violaceous Euphonia, you have really treasures in your archives
I like the colors of this bird, excellent pose and POV
have a good night

Hi Peter,
A good close up look at this species not often seen on Tn.
Slightly soft,but it looks like a fast mover.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Peter. Sharp and details are excellent like the colours contrast. Very good BG.


hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of this brasilian photo,
fine POV and framing, superb focus on it
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-05-21 20:19]

Incredibly beautiful bird Peter!!
I was in Brazil last November on a mission trip, but never saw anything like this!! Perfectly composed with gorgeous colors and just the right amount of exposure!! Well done!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-22 3:41]

Hello Peter,
A superb close-up of this lovely and colourful bird! Great sharpness and the colours are fabulous and stand out against the smooth green background. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-22 4:38]

Hello Peter,
A very colourful and beautiful bird.Good sharp and details.I like it.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
What a colourful bird ! Excellent capture of this beauty taken at a good POV. Nice pose captured too. Good details in the plumage and a nice clean background.
TFS and Regards,

Loved your notes too.
I've lived in Brasil for several years & had NEVER seen this species. TFS.
Mario with warm greetings.

Hello Peter!
What a wonderful species! So originaly coloured! The quality of this image is great, all: clarity, DOF, sharpness, and details are very good. Moreover, this is another new species for me, so once again many thanks for ornithological lesson :>
All the best from Lodz,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-05-22 19:52]

Hello Peter,
Dazzling colors in this species, you have captured its beauty splendidly Peter, thank you.

Que lindas cores, Peter!
Ótimo foco e ponto de vista.
Meus parabéns e obrigado por compartilhar.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-23 22:38]

Merhaba Peter!
Bu foto gerçekten çok güzel görünüyor. Kuşunmuhteşem renklerini kusursuz bir teknikle karenize yansıtmışsınız. Netlik ve detaylar da enfes olmuş.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-24 5:40]

Hi Peter,
really such a beautiful presentation. The colours are lovely and the sharpness is so good.
The diagonal positioning of the branch is effective and the bird on the corner is well positioned.
Wonderful result.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-25 3:30]

Hello Peter,
This is a very pretty bird and you show its almost metallic-shining colors so well. I also like the subtle green of the background. Very beautiful and fine presentation!
Take care. Kind regards

Hello Peter,
a wonderful picture from your archives, a great view of this beautiful colourful bird, very good sharpness in a nice composition
Best regards

Fantastisch shot van deze kleurrijke vogel Peter.
Komt in de afdeling favorite

TFS Thijs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-29 1:18]

Hi Peter

This is a lovely photo from your archives!
The colors on this cute bird are absolutely stunning - vibrant and contrasting - making it an excellent candidate for such a photo.
You managed to capture it well, with good details and especially that blurry uniform BG behind.
I also really like it pose - tilted forward like that - which actually adds a little dynamism to this composition, in my opinion.
Nicely seen and taken!

Bravo and TFS

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2009-06-01 2:12]

beautiful bird and great shot

A foto está perfeita! Gostei muito das cores, da definição, do contraste, da luz... nota 10! Eu adoro os Euphonias... Obrigado por compartilhar essa maravilha conosco!

hello Peter
marvellous colours,very beautiful and good photo output!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2012-11-26 8:09]

Bonito pássaro e excelente foto. Contrates, cores e ângulo. Muito bom!!!!

Beautiful bird and excellent photo. Hire, colors and angle. Very good!!!!

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