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Lechosero Ajicero

Lechosero Ajicero
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 10:45
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Lechosero Ajicero or Southern Grayish Saltator
Saltator coerulescens

This picture was taken in Parque del Este, Caracas.
Usually I do not like to repeat same subject, but I’m in doubt with the info of a previous post, in which I had the help of Ivan (Argus) for the right ID, so I’m posting today a close up of that bird. Thanks so much to Ivan.

This bird seems to be very friendly, approached to me very close and it wasn’t afraid at all. When offered some food, he even took it from my hand, and was confident.

Handheld (IS), crop, exposure adjustments, image size for TN and sharpening.
ISO: 500
Exposure Compensation: 0
Colour space: AdobeRGB
Focal length: 300 mm
Evaluative metering

The well known saltator is recognizable by the white stripe over its eyes, long black “moustache”, and gray black. Saltators are large arboreal finches. The Greyish Saltator's range lies east of the Andes and runs from Colombia to northern Argentina but is absent from eastern and south eastern Brazil.

It lives in scrubland and shrubbed areas, in dry forests. Humid forests borders, agricultural and urban areas. It lives in pairs or family groups that maintain their established territories. However, it is usually seen alone, at mid to high tree level. From where it feeds on fruits, seed and birds, and its frequent song may be heard. It is often boisterous and conspicuous, and yet on other occasions, more reticent.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Saltator
Species: S.coerulescens

Birds of Caracas / Birds of Caracas
A Photographic Guide.
Sociedad Conservacionista Audubon de Venezuela

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-31 10:50]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Una postal de gran calidad. Finos detalles se aprecian por la nitidez y foco logrados aqui.
Tu nota es muy buena. El SR. Ivan es experto en este tema.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-31 10:50]

¡Guau!! Vaya retrato!! No tengo tiempo para alargarme en el comentario porque salgo pitando ya mismo, pero es realmente impresionante.
Un abrazo

Hola Jose Miguel
Nice portrait of this bird captured with good quality.
TFS & Saludos

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-31 11:01]
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Hi Jose.
Great portrait of the bird with classic composition and expression of the model face (eyes). Lights and colours are perfect as well as the terrific details. DOF is shallow a bit. At close distance DOF is always shallow and it is needed to use smaller aperture value. My best wishes and compliments.

Hola Jose Miguel,
Excellent composition of this beautiful bird in such closeness!
perfect sharpness, wonderful colouration and super details
a great job well deserved a big credit!
muchas gracias
Saludo su familia

Hello Jose,
Very detailed. Good close up. Excellent compo.
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-31 11:14]

Hi Jose,
Great close-up shot with amazing clarity on the plumage. Nice colours and the contrasting neutral BG works well here. Superb lighting and exposure. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hola Jose Miguel,
What a nice portraite of very beautiful Saltator species. Fethers' details great. Sharp focus and great POV. I like also plain BG with splendid coloured. Good and informative notes.
gracias y saludos
PS: I re-upload notes which disappeared fully since web coding

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-31 11:36]

Hi Jose Miguel. This is a very close up shot of the bird. you have captured good detail and natural colours. good use of the light in the eye. a nice POVV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-31 11:50]

Hola José Miguel,
gran retrato y genial pov,
nitidez y el plumaje manífico,
el ave tiene pinta de ruda (fuerte...)muy bueno te ha quedado el lechosero, simpático nombre,
saludos amigo

Hola Jose Miguel,
outstanding and impressive cloes up of this wonderfull bird,
focus is perfect, lovely colors and good composition,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-01-31 12:12]

Exelente foto de qualidade espetacular muito boa tanto a nitidez quanto as cores firmes meus parabéns.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-31 12:17]

Hello Hose,
fantastic portrait!
amazing details captured, beautiflly clear picture!
lovely background!
best regards, Dejan

Hi Jose Miguel,

Gorgeous portrait with such details, sharpness and what an awesome eye. Very well done! TFS.


Hi Jose Miguel,
I think that this is one of the best examples of what this camera and zoom can do...! This picture couldn't be sharper, this is very impressive. I can count each feather. This is an excellent composition with superb exposure and beautiful BG. A great shot! Congratulations!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-31 13:59]

Hello Jose
Nice portrait.Very sharp with excellent details.Beautiful BG color and nice catch light in the eye.

Hola José Miguel,
Muy bonito ese lechosero, un nombre muy curioso por cierto. El primer plano es tremendo, digo por lo diminuto del ave. Muy buen trabajo

Hola Jose Miguel,

What a SUPERB close-up
i realy like those feather details
beautiful compo with Amazing sharpnes, perfect colors and lovely green BG

TFS Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-31 17:11]

Ciao Jose',non ho parole,questo primo piano e' semplicemente fantastico e risalta benissimo sullo sfondo verde,un gran lavoro da professionista,buona giornata,Luciano

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-31 22:15]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Beautiful capture, very sharp and well composed
picture.. Well done


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-31 22:46]

Un joli portrait qui ressort bien grâce à l'arrière-plan clair.
Bonne journée.

Hi Jose,
This proud bird posed beautifully for you and you did not disappoint your model. I lovely picture indeed. TFS

Hello Jose,

Great picture of this bird. Terrific sharpness. Very beautiful detail. Great light and colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-01 3:10]

Very, very, very sharp with amazing detail in the feathers.
Beautiful, vibrent colours and excellent lighting.
Very good POV and composition.
Exceptional image Jose Miguel.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 5:34]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Very nice portrait of this saltator with a good POV, composition, focus, sharpness and colors. Gracias
Un saludo,

Hallo Jose Miguel
Wow this is a real close-up. Not just a small one. A real big and glamorous one. This is a wonderful example of an excellent portrait. The detail of this bird is really stunning. Lovely big shiny brown eye.
If you got any closer I am sure you would have photographed its brains. Focus is spot-on. Thanks for sharing. It was most enjoyable to look at. Have a lovely weekend.
Kind regards

Hello Jose!
Nice capture and wonderful portrait of this Saltator. Wel done! TFS.

Fine details Jose, VERY (ouch) sharp ;)
Very good color, DOF, pose, exposure, and POV. The green Bg works well also..
Great post & have a nice weekend mf.

Hello Jose,

Superb head shot with the sparkling details especially the eyes. The texture of the plumage is so details like some weaved nylon strings. Very well done and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-01 7:43]

Hello José Miguel,
This is a great close-up of the Southern Grey Saltator showing just the head in a fine pose and from a great POV. The sharpness and details are astounding, especially against the light green bokeh BG.
I don't know why I missed this one, but nice to see it now and I thank you for sharing this one.

Hi Jose
Great portrait
Detailed texture in the feathers is simply
amazing tfs jon

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-01 8:14]

Hi Jose,

A beautiful portrait of this handsome bird. Beautiful colors and background. The details are so sharp that we can see the textures so well. Great job on the face and wonderful plummage.


Buen retrato José Miguel, y ese ojo simplemente impresionante, captado de modo sobresaliente. Bellos detalles en el plumaje.
Gracias por tus comentarios.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Jose super portrait the sharp colourfull reflection in the eye is awsome. Nicely cropped good format tfs rgds Necip

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-01 14:03]

Hola José Miguel,
Excepcionales detalles y muy buen retrato de este confiado pájaro. El punto de vista y la pose dan al retrato una gran fuerza expresiva.
Saludos cordiales,
José M.

A stunningly sharp and colourful portrait image of this majestic bird, JM.
You have got the blue sky reflected in its eye -- something an artist of your calibre can do.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-02 3:37]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Excellent portrait with perfect sharpness and splendid contrasting colours. Fantastic light in the eye. Beautiful BG, POV and composition.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-02 6:40]

Hello Jose-Miguel, this is a superb capture of this exotic bird, what a background! And what details in the feathers, this is a unique portrait and it is so close. Thank you!


Hi Jose Miguel
Tu asbien fait de nous présenter cette photo . Une excellente prise, à point, dans une belle lumière, et la présentation de cette tête est aussi très belle. On dirait presqu'en trois dimensions.
Félicitations et au revoir...JP

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-02 11:32]

Hi Jose Miguel

Sorry for the big delay, but i had internet problems and i also left town today for a while :(

Another very beautiful portrait from you, my friend!
The details on the head of this Grayish Saltator are really very good and sharp...i like that a lot.
What i like more than that is the superb BG - with its lovely color and blur.
But what i like even more, is that fantastic reflection from its eye...that's the little piece that really makes this picture GREAT!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-02 11:57]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Truly a wonderful image full of fantastic details and great color. I find it so thrilling when a wild animal will allow us to be so close, when food is involved the benefits out wiegh the risks in their minds.

Hello Jose,
Thanks for the feedback, this is a stunning shot, love the tight crop, and the detail is beautiful, just excellent, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Jose,
Great portrait for sure of this magestic bird, amazing details ! TFS

The detail in this image is amazing, Jose. Great macro shot, with great focal control. Very sharp, very crisp, just the right point of view. I like the way you have the head and upper body filling most of the frame in the composition. An informative note, too.


hola Jose
una belleza mas
como siempre haces fotos realmente impresionantes !!!
cuando regresaré en Vzla (CCS)tenemos que vernos para compartir experiensas y tomar fotos en el Parque del Este ...
tus fotos de Pajaros son realmente espectaculares !!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-05 12:47]

Hi Jose Miguel

Wonderfully sharp details and amazing close up. The colours are stunning.



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-05 14:07]

Hello Jose,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true colors. Excellent composition. I like very much.

Hi Jose

such an intresting details. nice shot with perfect BG and well composition.well done


Hi Jose,
A nice captured portrait of this saltator. Excellent details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-06 8:05]

Hello Jose Miguel, fantastic portrait of this nice bird, great sharoness and exposure, beautiful background, thanks!


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-06 14:46]

Hola Jose Miguel, A super sharp and well cropped bird photo. The details visible in those feathers is as good as it get. Wonderful colour. TFS. Murray.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-06 19:14]

Hello Jose Miguel

Amazing plumage detail and definition.
The colours are bright and vivid.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The OOF BG is lovely.

Hello JM,
This is a great portrait with excellent details in the plumage!
The majestic look is well captured, fine natural colours and a well composed presentation...
DOF spot, excellent sharpness!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-09 11:56]

Hi Jose
this is exellent portraid, very good sharp and detail.
well done.

Hola José Miguel
A parte de una magnifica definición de 1r plano, has conseguido un fondo sensacional.
Salut. Ferran

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-12 13:10]

selam Jose Miguel
wonderful portrait photo of this cute bird
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-15 17:46]

Hola Jose Miguel,

Superb portrait of Grayish Saltator.
Very very sharp and I can count all the feather one by one.


Hello Jose Miguel !
Such a great portrait of this bird ! I love his pose and his expression, and there are also amazing details on the feathers and around the eye or the beak. Splendid composition and POV, wonderful BG with vivid colors, and of course the bird itself is beautiful. Very well done !

Dear José Miguel,
powerful portrait, seen from a perfect angle, just perfectly framed or cropped, and truly monumental in its reduction. Thank you! My best regards,

Hi Jose,

Super portrait of this Saltator, with stunning detail nicely contrasted against a beautifully soft background. The composition is great and you have captured a really nice expression on the bird's face, which makes you wonder just what he's thinking about. Really nice.


hi jose!
great portrait with good sharpness
and fine composition!
well done!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-03-10 20:11]

Hello Jose,
Fantastic close up shot of the Southern Grayish Saltator. Amazing sharpness and details in the plumage.Excellent POV and DOF. The eye shines like a jewel.Good colours and contrasts.
Thanks for the share,

Hi Jose,

Very impressive close-up, the eagle is all his feathers ( we can almost count them)
Beautiful light in the eye.
Great presentation, well framed.


bonjour josé miguel
pour avoir autant de details vous deviez vraiment etre tres près de l'oiseau!!!
vraiment bravo.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-09-30 5:19]

The details are awesome.
Lovely close up.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 4:02]

Hi Jose,
indeed such a great pose of this great sky predator. Lovely greenish background to ehnace the beauty of this detailed and sharp shot.
Well composed with tight cropping to emphasize focus on the head.
Well composed capture.


NB: Thanks for your nice words and critique of my snail egg shot. I appreciate it very much.

Really good one this. Lovely dof and colouring spot on as alwasy.

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