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Masked Flowerpiercer

Masked Flowerpiercer
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1), Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 14:53
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Masked Flowerpiercer
Diglossa cyanea

Masked Flowerpiercer from the Cloudforest on the slopes of Volcan Pichincha (seen at 3200-3500mt). Captured in the morning,in sunny weather when we were not surrounded with the clouds yet.

The masked flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea is a common passerine bird found in the tropical regions of the Andes and is one of the more frequently seen small birds of higher elevation forests, especially from north Ecuador (Ridgely& Tudor 1989). The bird’s plumage is ultramarine blue with a black mask extending over the forehead and has red eyes.

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-07-04 15:15]

Hi Selen, impresionante. Un gran punto de vista de esta ave tan atractiva. Es muy buena la luz en el ojo, que resalta mucho la mirada. Enhrabuena y un cordial saludo.

José Luis

merhaba Selen Hanım,
bu harikulade renkli kuşu çok güzel ve başarılı görüntülemişsiniz. çekim açınız, kompozisyon, netlik ve özellikle kırmızı gözler harika. elinize sağlık. selamlar. Ahmet

Merhaba Selen,
Good POV on the red-eye bird!
good sharpness with awesome and details
thanks for sharing

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-04 18:27]

Hi Selen
what a beautiful capture and a great composition!
fantastic colours, DOF, POV sharpness and moment...
well done.TFS

Hi Selene,
A great capture!
I like so much the pose got and the vivid colours of its plumage.
It's so good the contrast made by the red eye and the black mask.
Another great pic back from your S. American trip!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,


Wow Selen,
This is a lovely capture of this extremely wonderful looking bird. The image is striking with excellent detail.

hi selen,
very nice post, the sharpness is excellent, well saturated colours, nice pose captured, good eye contact, the eye of the bird looks beautiful,
tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-04 20:45]

A fantastic pose of this Masked Flowerpiercer (Is that really its name? It is wonderful. : )
The colors are stunning... Got to love that red eye against the brilliant blue plumage.
Its diagonal perch and full-face presentation make for a great composition against that clean OOF BG.
TFS. : ).

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-04 20:50]

Hi Selen,
In this picture you managed extremely well to show the beauty of this exotic bird.
The pose is perfect and the colors are incredible. TFS
Regards, Mario

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-04 20:54]

Hello Selen

The colour contrast between the brilliant blue plumage and striking red eye is wonderful.The DOF and POV are excellent.The plumage detail is well focused and sharp.Very well illuminated with good colour saturation.TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-04 21:57]

Wow, what an eye! Great shot Selen, with excellent brilliant colour and detail. I like the angled composition with the bird sticking its head out into the centre. I might have been tempted to crop about a half inch off the top.

Thanks, John

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2007-07-04 23:00]

Ottima foto, Selene!
bei colori e particolari, stupendo l'occhio perfettamente a fuoco!

Ciao e grazie.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-04 23:22]

Hi Selen
Perfect compo and great colours
Sharpness is good but not perfect
Great picture

Gözalıcı renkleri,netliği ile mükemmel bir fotoğraf ellerine saglık Selen

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-04 23:51]

Hi Selen

A beautiful shot. Lovely pose with great detail. The eye contact is excellent and the blurred BG add to the posting.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-07-05 0:08]
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Beautiful work, Selen! The pose is nice, the colours are beautiful and the sharpen details are amazing! I am falling in love with your lens, first because I have some problems without the IS in my Tamron, and second because the extra 100mm compared to my 300mm would be a great advantage. I believe that you are a happy owner, am I right? Congratulations!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-05 0:26]

Hola Selen,
preciosa captura,
buenos detalles y pov,
hermosos colores...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-05 0:45]

Merhaba Selen,
Bu da mükemmel.Renkler,kuşun pozu,kırmızı gözler,detaylar harika.Ellerine sağlık!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-05 1:16]

Hi Selen,
a brilliant shot.
Sharp and well composed.
Well done,

Hi Selen,
Beautiful image! Wonderful sharpness and details in the plumage and the red eye stands out fantastically! I love the pose and it looks great against the blurred background. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-05 3:09]

Hello Selen,
What a super close capture of this lovely red-eyed blue bird. Striking colours and great sharpness. I like the POV and the pose of the bird. Excellent composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-05 4:29]

This is a brilliant shot and lovely shot. The colors and the focus and sharp are just superb. Ganesh

Hi selen,
brilliant capture,very nice colour and sharp image, well done.

A wannabe Zorro, huh? Beautiful and intense colors - great Pose!
Well done, Selen!

A superb image of this bird. Good colours and sharpness.
Best wishes,

bonjour selen
pour suivre avec le colibri tres coloré cet oiseau a lui aussi une superbe parure.
beaucoup de details et un bon POV aussi.

Dynamic pose and POV Selene, I like it.
Excellent use of ambient light with good exposure also. Sharp detail, great DOF, color, and that red eye pops! :)
Very well done.

Amazing color...A beautiful photo...Excellent POV and the BG really accents the colors...TFS

Hi selen,

A lovely pic , never had seen this bird before and thx to u i am able to see a lovely bird with such great details and well composed pic. I am amazed to see such bird and. A lovely note on this.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-05 11:57]

Hi selen. What a picture. the colours are very good indeed so bright.the eye stands out so well. great detail and a nice pose.lucky you for seeing this. very well done TFs.good notes to

Merhaba Selen,
A superb close up, graet details and outstanding colours. A beautiful job

Veri sharp.

Hi Selen.
This is an amazing coloured bird. Wonderful capture of this pose and the eye, composition is great.
Great detail, DOF and exposure.

New Zealand

Hi Selen,Thanks for sharing this very different bird. Unique with those red eyes. Your focus on them is perfect.A nice angle for the pose makes this such a good composition.
I must view all your gallery as it is so much of the style I like best.
Good day!

Hello Selen,
Well composed image. Good light. Nice pose.

Hi Selen, splendid bird with wonderful red eye, great details, lovely blurry BG, excellent colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Striking image, the detail in the composition is stunning so too the color, just perfect....Rick

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-07-09 10:36]

Hello Selen,
What a great capture! This blue colour is just beautiful. Nicely composed with blood-red eye.
Superb details, very good POV.

blue colors on birds always fascinated me. this shot is very sharp, interesting POV and ofcourse the fantastic colors! TFS!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-09 17:40]

Hello Selen,
Magnificient image with amazing color and sharp focus, what a spellbinding eye. Thanks for sharing Selen.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-11 11:50]

Hi Selen,
Gorgeous capture. I think this is the second flowerpiercer photo you showed us. Impressive focus job on the red eye. One of your best birds. Selamlar,

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-07-13 6:54]

Hello Selen, amazing looking bird. It's plumage is a wonderful colour. You did a very nice job here. There is a great contrast with the eye and plumage. Well done.

Have a good weekend too! :-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-13 7:05]

Wow this beauty..
you captured the colours very well,good exposure!!
Liked the composition too.

Dear Selen,
This is a very nice and beauty presentation. I like this picture because:

1. POV is very nice
2. DOF is very good and details just great
3. colours are very vivid and perfectly saturated
4. BG allow to expose the main object - a bird
5. the object was not know to me and moreover it is really very beauty :)
TFS and have a nice Sunday afternoon!

Merhaba Selen,
Dalın konumu,kuşun renkleri ve duruşu,arka plan ve netliği ile çok başarılı bir sunum,

Harika fotoğraf. Tebrikler

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-26 0:50]

Hi Selen,
Your bird shots have always amazed me and make me feel jealous. I am actually observing your shots minutely and trying to learn from them.
This is an amazing shot with such bright colours and immaculate sharpness on its plumage. The focus is spot-on and good use of natural lighting. The red eyes look gorgeous and the BG enhances the beauty. Excellent POV to capture this fabulous pose and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hallo Selen
I am quite new to Trek Nature, and browse as often as time permits. I can now see why it is so difficult to get Loot away from his PC. There are just so many talented photographers on the site and they all have such spectacular portfolios. It is upon this browsing session that I came across this beautiful “Masked flower piercer” and although this is not your latest, I would like to give my smiley towards it. It is such a gorgeous, colourful and wide awake bird. The blue and black plumage and the bright red eye makes a perfect match. The detail of the sharp beak and the paws are just stunning. You have a stunning gallery jam packed with some awesome photos. – Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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