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White-bellied Woodstar

White-bellied Woodstar
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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: 2008-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, Birds In Flight Part Two, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 1:30
Viewed: 6831
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-bellied Woodstar
Chaetocercus mulsant(male)

*Woodstars are very small, short-tailed hummingbirds of humid forest edge in both lowlands and Andes. Woodstars have noticeably slow and direct flight, resembling a large, heavy-bodied bee. All show a white spot on the lower flanks (may be concealed when at rest, but visible in flight). May forage at all heights, but often sit on a high, exposed perch. Tails of the males are forked,and rectrices also often are very narrow. Identification of woodstars, especially of females, can be difficult.

Male 8-8.5 cm , female 7.5 cm, bill 1.7cm

Uncommon to locally fairly common in humid areas of Andes, 800-3100 m, especially at forest edge. Male small and with a short spiky tail; similar to male Amethyst Woodstar of lowlands but tail shorter; outhermost rectrices extremely narrow; white breast band broader; white postocular stripe more prominent; center of belly white, and chin usually white. Female has white flank patches and a dark mask framed by white postocular.

Voice: Call a low “djurt” call

Male’s wings produce a ringing in flight.

Distribution: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia

*Source: Birds of Peru (Princeton Field Guides)
by Thomas S. Schulenberg, Douglas F. Stotz, Daniel F. Lane, John P. O'Neill, Theodore P., III Parker,

Flash: Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash

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Günaydın Selen Hanım, hakkaten sandık dolmuş gelmiş. Belli oluyor. Super bir nektar kuşu enstantanesi. Kanatlardaki süreğen hareketlilik tam da bir nektar kuşu için ideal. Elinize sağlık. İyi bir hafta dileklerimle...


Merhaba Selen,
Another quality shot from Peru!
perfect inflight shot of the Woodstar with such sharpness, vivid colour and superb details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
well done, my friend!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-16 2:28]

Hello Selen,
Excellent coloured photo of this Woodstar. Very sharp in 1/60 sec! Beautiful OOF BG and POV. Great composition.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-16 2:44]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Tek kelime ile mükemmel bir fotograf.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-16 2:59]

merhaba Selen hanım. Nefis bir nektar kuşu karesi. elinize sağlık.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-16 3:09]

Hello Selen,
This in-flight of a White-bellied Woodstar is superb with just the right focusing and sharpness on the head and belly, while the tail and wing movements are suitably blurred. Great use of flash and the green bokeh BG sets it off nicely.
TFS this excellent capture,

Dear Selen
Wonderful shot of this White-bellied Woodstar
Perfect exposure ,composition and BG.Superb shot my friend.


Hi Selen,

Very good capture of this White-Bellied Woodstar in flight. Very good use of flash-light, great composition, sharp details and nice colours.


Best wishes


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-16 3:31]

Hello Selen,
Hummingbirds do have some lovely names - including this one!! Beautiful capture of this little one in flight. Perfect focus and sharpness and lovely colours against a fitting background. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Selen,

This is a wingless wonder. You could forsee the stillness os the bird compared to it's wings.


Hello Selen,
splendid action shot with wonderful details,great sharpness and lighting,lovely colours and BG.
well done.

Merhaba Selen
Excellent action shot of this little and fast bird.

Merhaba Selen, splendid flying Hummingbird with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-16 7:12]

Hello Selen
Beautiful closed up.Very well composed image.Sharpness and details are both amasing.Light and colors are excellent.I like your subject pose and the nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Merhaba Selen Hanim çok güzel bir nektar kuşu ve karesi. Elinize sağlık.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-16 12:13]

Hi Selen. A first class inflight shot of this cute little bird. Youe captured it with good detail and natural colours.against the plain BG. well done TFs.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-16 12:15]

Bonjour Selen
Très belle capture, excellentes couleurs et détails, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Tropiklerin güzelliklerini sizin harika çekimlerinizle görmek pek keyif verici, Selen hanım. elinize sağlık harikulade. yorum gerektirmeyecek kadar güzel olmuş. tebrikler.
iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

Spettacolare cattura in volo, splendida composizione con il mosso delle ali e la straordinaria nitidezza del capo e delle zampe, un eccellente utilizzo della luce flash ai fini creativi, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-16 14:36]

He Selen

Lovely capture - great frozen action and isolation from the BG.



Very good Selen.
I am wondering about your exposure time.So using a flash I imagine you got the wing stoppage, and perfect focus, instead of a very fast shutter speed.???
I've tried this before, and it has not worked well.
This impresses me.
I also like the look of this species.
TFS, and keep the week going good.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2008-06-17 8:44]

Excellent shot Selen. I like.




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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-17 10:06]

Hola Selen.
Una foto muy hermosa de este "Colibri" La imagen es de mucha nitidez por lo que se aprecian finos detalles en la pequeña ave, que por cierto son unas de mis preferidas, aunque constantemente pelean entre si quiza por alguna bella dama.
Saludos Selene.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 13:19]

Excellent capture, Selen!
The clarity here is excellent!
Very sharp and detailed.
Superb DOF and BG.

Well done!


Günaydın Selen
Harika olmuş surat ifadesi çok güzel ellerine saglık

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-17 21:13]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding shot of this great looking Hummingbird in flight and you have captured it with great timing and skill. Superbly done with good use of flash lighting and a precise DOF isolates it from the BG perfectly. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-18 2:13]

Hi Selen

What always intrigues me the most of in-flight hover shots of hummingbirds or sunbirds is that stern expression of absolute focus and concentration they all tend to have. Just look at this little one, it is all just deliberate attention. Maybe it is simply a fact because birds cannot really show any expression or emotion on their faces.

Anyway, this is a great capture with exceptional details for the daunting task. The compositional dimensions that almost represent a panorama shot worked well for this photo. The totally OOF area in the BG had a fabulous result to compliment and make the little bird stand out.

Well done and TFS.

hi selen!
this is very beautiful!
congrat to this great shot!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-19 9:43]

Hi Selen.
I am surprised. Only 1/60 sec exposure time and so brilliant timing and freezing of the scene. I am also amazed with splendid colours of the bird and BG, brilliant composition and framing. Bravo and my compliments. Well done.

Great shot Selen,
I don't know how you pulled this one off at 1/60th..The wings are nearly invisible at that s-speed..Makes em' look really fast..
A super-sonic hummer! :)
Well done!

Hola Selen,
Magnífica captura de este pequeño y bello pajarillo, excelente nitidez y detalle conseguido, luz y fondo de lujo. TFS
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-02 4:32]

Hello Selen
I am so sorry for I hadn't seen many of your pictures and I couldn't comment them in their time. But your gallery is one of my favourites and I am really delighted to see it now. How many fantastic and interesting pictures. This one is really gorgeous! What a pity that there are not these birds here in Europe, for they are so lovely and outstanding. Magnificent capture with excellent focus and marvellous details and composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing, dear friend.
Best wishes.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-17 1:30]

Peru'nun birbirinden renkli ve güzel türlerini sunduğunuz galeriniz şahane. Bu güzel ve minik kuşu özellikle sevdim, 1/60'a göre çok net yakalamışsınız, elinize sağlık. Keskinlik ve renkler de harika.

Excellent action shot great
Best wishes

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