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Sparkling Violetear

Sparkling Violetear
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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, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, Birds of South America, Joe's Favourites 2, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 0:02
Viewed: 6675
Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sparkling Violetear
Colibri coruscans

*Violetears are three Andean hummingbirds; all have a violet patch on side of face.

13.5-14 cm, bill 2.5cm

Most widely distributed violetear. More common in drier intermontane valleys and on the west slope, but may occur almost anywhere. Elevational range very broad, 400-4500 mt, but apparently wanders widely; probably only breeds at higher elevations, above ca. 2500 m. Found in open areas, including agricultural fields, with scattered shrubs, at forest edge, and in eucalyptus groves.

Voice: very vocal. Song variable, but generally a long repeated series of monosyllabic metallic chips: "djiit djiit djiit..."

Also an aerial display:flies up from a song perch, circling, and returning, while giving rapid chatters and liquid, almost warbling, phrases. Calls include a dry rattle.

Found in: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile

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

Exposure Time: 1/128
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400 mm
Date Taken: 2008-06-03 10:21
Flash: Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash

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tek kelime ile muhteşem. eline saglık selen

Hi Selen,

Very beautiful picture of this Sparkling Violetar. Great work with flash has frozen suitably the wings. Good composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.




Hello Selen,

Very beautiful picture of this colibri. Excellent POV and focus. Superb detail of the iridescent feathers. Wonderful colours.

Selam Selen Hanım... Nefis bir Kolibri çekimi. Ellerinize sağlık.

This is a first for me. Nice pose for you too.Again the speed and flash did a good job. Enjoy your day.

Hi Selen,
Beautiful shot of this little bird, great colors and details, well framed with a nice BG
Very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-30 1:43]

Hello Selen,
WOW, what a stunning Hummingbird in sparkling colours!! I love its pose and your POV. Excellent sharpness and a fine background to make it really stand out!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-30 2:15]

Amazing shot Selen, it takes great skill to capture something like this...colours, framing and detail are all awesome, very well done!

hello selen,
nice capture of the humming bird, this is a real tough shot and you have managed with very good results here,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Selena.
Humming-bird's beautiful picture. Great seized the movement of wings and the obviously super sharpness.
I greet Robert.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-30 4:39]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel bir çalışma.Canlı renkler,gözdeki canlılık,zamanlama hemen dikkat çekiyor.
Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-30 4:46]

Wow, Selen, what a beautifull flying gem! Perfect timing, shinning colours, details, composition are also superb. Unique picture.

Hello Selen,
Wow! what a wonderful and stunning shot,excellent details and superb composition,pov,great sharpness,
very well done,

Hi Selen
Great shot and very nice actión, too great composition and details.
And many thans for your congratulations,

Hi Selen

Beautiful capture of this beautiful hummer
Brilliant sharpness
Good composition
Great DOF and POV
Good background


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-30 6:39]

Genial trabajo Selen,
perfecto pov, detalles.
efectivo trabajo y color...
saludos amiga,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-30 7:10]

Hello Selen,
Wow, this is great! What a showmaster! You made this photo with a perfect timing. Sharpness and details are outstanding! The colours are gorgeous. Very good pose and composition.

Hi Selen
This is really good action shot of this colorful little bird.
My congratulation on this one :)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-30 8:21]

Hi Selen. This one looks like a dancing bird. Fantastic timing to get this inflight shot. Bright colours . Stands out so well from the BG. well done TFS.

Hello Selen,

Splendid capture from this little bird.
Good details and beautiful colours.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-30 13:24]

Selamlar Selen Hanım. Nefis bir nektar kuşu çekimi. Elinize sağlık.

Hi Selen.
Well timed and excellent pic of this violetar. Stunning coloures and you have captured a sharp image that is not easily portraid. Well done to a pic we are all proud of.....

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-30 19:13]

Hola Selen.
Mi ultima foto es de un Colibri tambien, aun cuando es de diferente especie, creo que todos ellos son muy especiales entre las Aves.
Tu foto es de alta calidad y definicion y por lo dificil de la toma Yo le daria 100 puntos
Saludos Selen.

What can you expect to hear about such work, Selen?
I mean would it matter? Or make a difference to this shot?
But if you still wanna know, here goes...
great shot,wonderful shot, masterpiece till date, perfect example of perfect exposure, the perfect example of birding shots, exquisite, extraorodinary....the list will go on, without an Amen!But do let me know if there is any shot of the year I can nominate(if we have such a thing here), then this would be my nominee!
Very well done, Sis!

Merhaba Selen,
Never want to miss my dear old friend posting of quality images!
another outstanding image of the humming in flight, I loved the colour so much with great sharpness, vivid colour and details
many thanks for the sharing
take good care and my sincere regards

Meravigliosa cattura in volo, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinaria nitidezza, fantastici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Ciao selen!
What a great capture!
Perfect composition, details, focus and sharpness.
I like it so much...

Hi Selen,

Quite simply a stunning shot, amazing colours and detail, just wonderful, congratulations on a beautiful image, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hola Selen, muy bonita, una buena aproximación, buen enfoque y excelente detalle, luz y color. Un saludo

  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-01 10:48]

What a marvellous capture, Selen!! How beautiful this Sparkling Violetear with those bright colors. Excellent shot with very good framing and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards.

PT :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-01 13:03]

Incredible image, Selen!
The pose is superb!
Magnificent colours and great use of flash to enhance them and to freeze the action.
Sharp with great detail.
Superb DOF.

One of your best ever!!

Very, very well done,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-01 21:06]

Hello Selen

A super in flight capture of this vibrantly coloured bird.
The plumage detail and colouration shows well.
Excellent lighting.
Spot on focus with lovely catch light in the eyes.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-07-01 21:10]

Hello Selen!
You did a nice work capturing this cute bird with 1/125. Beautiful details and colours!

Super close-up of this powerful bird. Very sharp and fine natural colours.
Best wishes,

Merhaba Selen, splendid flying Hummingbird with fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bu da çok güzel bir çekim ve nektar kuşu da çok güzel. Elinize sağlık Selen hanım. teşekkürler.

çok çok güzel olmuş Selen hanım. elinize sağlık, renkleri, zamanlama ve netliğiyle harika. ekipmanımız aynı ama ya bende problem var ya lensin fabrika çıkışında:)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 19:40]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Violetear and you have freezed this in-flight action moment so skillfully and with great timing. Awesome colours and details on its plumage and the lighting really does give it a sparkle. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Selene,

It's a nice fairy. Like the mood very much.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-06 3:02]

Hi Selen.
You are surrounded by so amazing creatures. This one is wonderful and your picture of it is simply terrific. Outstanding POV, framing and timing. Flash work is superb. Exposure and colours are perfect. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Selen, again,
a flash for a flashy bird. Interesting that you caught the wings like standing still despite the great frequency of wingbeats. Must have caught them just at their turning point. Great!
Best regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-13 8:14]

Hello Selen, that's a very good shot of this Hummingbird, you've done great at 1/125! Well composed, great technique and perfect result! Well done, thanks!


this is really unbelivable, my wife almost fainted when I showed her this pic, a real jewel, greetings from Tel-Aviv, Ori

Gorgeous in-buzz flight mode, the blue and green iridescence are very attractive on this beautiful hummer. You achieved optimal results in this fantastic capture. Well done Selene. :)

Congrats! Very beautiful photo! Nice colors and precise shoot!
Hope see many photos like that here on TN.
Big hug!

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