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Chlorostilbon alice - 1st in TN!

Chlorostilbon alice - 1st in TN!
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-17 18:15
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Green-Tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon alice)

Certainly, last Saturday was a very sunny day and also a very, very lucky day! Because when I was taking photos of butterflies (my yesterday's fliying Pieridaes), this tiny hummingbird perched three feet in front of my nose! almost let fall the camera! ... I did not know how to focus! ... I removed the macro mode, I put normal approach, I put a bit of optical zoom and shot three shots! then, this tiny hummingbird flew away!...

I had to laugh for a long time ... I think I've never make three pictures so fast and without thinking!...truly a miracle! ha ha ha :)

In Wikipedia, said that the bird exists only in Venezuela, so surely is a 1st in TN! ... I hope not mistaken!

About this shot:
-ISO 100, White Balance set to "Auto".
-Custom colors with -25% contrast level.
-3.5X Optical Zoom.
-Photo taken with extreme haste! :)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Chlorostilbon
Species: C. alice
Binomial name: Chlorostilbon alice (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1848)

French: Émeraude alice
German: Grünschwanz-Smaragdkolibri
Spanish: Esmeralda Coliverde

The Green-Tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon alice) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found only in Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, and heavily degraded former forest.

Possibly forms a superspecies with C. stenurus and C. poortmani. C. stenurus ignotus has been considered synonymous with present species. Probably includes C. micans, with all of plumage rich reddish-golden, known only from type specimen of unknown origin. “Ptochoptera iolaima”, known from a specimen taken at Ypanema, São Paulo (Brazil), is probably a hybrid between present species and C. poortmani. Monotypic.

Distribution: Mountainous regions of N Venezuela, from Falcón (Sierra de San Luis) S to Lara and Trujillo, and E to Sucre and N Monagas.

For more INFO: (Chlorostilbon alice)

Thanks by stop and visit!


Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/501
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 20100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-05-15 11:11
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire.
File Size: 251 k

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Como siempre excelente la foto. Interesante confirmar si se trata de una especie endémica de Venezuela.

Saludos y felicitaciones

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-05-17 19:14]
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Hola Jesús: Una foto maravillosa de esta bella especie; lo tiene todo...saludos y la información de lo mejor tambien...

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-17 21:49]

Hello Jesus
Very nice capture of this "metallic" bird. Well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-18 0:18]

Hola Jesús,
Se ve que donde te mueves tiene que ser un Edén, :))
perfecta captura, con atractivos detalles y nitidez...
la iluminación cálida y los colores son exquisitos.
saludos y a pasarlo bien.

Ciao Jesus, gran bella prima con questo delizioso uccellino dai magnific colori, ,bella composizione, nitida e ben dettagliata, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-18 1:47]

Hello Jesus,
Indeed, you were very lucky to get the chance the make such a photo of this Green-tailed Emerald. Difficult to find the right name, because there are a lot of chlorostilbons and amazilias in your country who looks almost all the same.
Very beautiful photo in splendid colours and very good sharpness. Nice pose and an excellent composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-18 2:15]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid portrait of this Emerald!

Ciao Jesus. Grazie per la primizia e complimenti per la realizzazione. Oltre ad essere una composzione dinamica hai fato rendere a pieno i brilanti colori metallici. La posa del Chlorostilbon alice si rivela dinamica. Ottima profondità di campo e perfetti i dettagli.


Hola Jesus, Muy buenos detalles y nitidez, en Colombia tenemos C. mellisugus son espectaculares....cordial saludo

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-18 5:57]

Ciao Jesus!
Bellissimo questo uccellino. Ottima macro...graziosa la posa dell'uccellino.
Eccellenti i dettagli delle piume. Splendida luce e fantastici riflessi. Congratulazioni.
Ciao! Vanda

Hola Jesús

Vaya pillastes a este ave mirando al cielo por si llovía, estabas bien escondido, por que no se dió cuenta de ti.

Perfecto el pajaro y la hoja con ese color verde intenso y colores metálicos del pájaro.

Un saludo Antonio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-18 8:49]

Ciao Jesus,è sempre una grossa soddisfazione essere i primi nel presentare una specie nuova su TN...e la foto è grandiosa come sempre,bellissimi i colori verde metallizzato delle piume sulla testa,e la composizione è di gran classe.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano

hello Jesús

reading your notes in French we would say : « photos prises sur le vif »,
everything it is perfect on your photo Jesús and for me : with Bayram
you became the most polyvalent nature photographer on TN,
beautiful pose of the bird, great POV on it with framing,
always superb focus sharpness an details, only thing Jesús
if you could use the Flash maybe you could obtain a catch-light
at his eye that would render the photo more and more beautiful,



hello Jesus
congrat with the first on TN
great sharpness and very good light to see the beautiful colours very good
great shot Jesus
greeting lou

Hola Jesús:

cuando te decidas a subir aquí esas polillas que dices, seguro que disfrutaremos. Hemos de reconocer tu gran "saber hacer" en este campo. La fotografía que hoy publicas es un compendio de arte y técnica, que da como resultado una gran naturalidad, tanto del conjunto como de los detalles, como por ejemplo las texturas y los volúmenes del pecho, simplemente genial.
No se si has visto fotos de José Leal, el Mexicano, entre tú y él vaya pareja que haríais.

Hoy toque en mi cámara la "Comp.Exp/AEB", de una escala graduada de -2 a 2, estando por defecto a 0, la baje un punto, que por las rallitas debe equivaler a 0,3 y parece que los resultados me han cambiado, aunque en tomas de insectos de textura muy satinada y brillante me da el problema contrario, osea, me lo hace algo oscuro !
La toma de hoy es de esta manera, no se si lo notarás, espero tu opinión.

Un abrazo y critícame duro jeje.

Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hola, Jesús:
Maravillosos los detalles que lograste de esta pequeña ave. Como todas las demás fotos que has posteado, excelente.

Hello Jesus,
Exceptional capture with outstanding clarity and focus.
Amazing composition. Very nice colours and good details.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-18 12:37]

Hello Jesús,
A fine opportunity well taken in this fine capture of a female Green-tailed Emrald. Technically this is afirst class and the POV shows her features with great sharpness and colours against a pleasing OOF natural BG. One of the joys and often frustration of nature photography is that things happen unexpectedly!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi you lucky guy Jesus, what a great shot - you realy can be proud, so sharp, such a perfect pose. The ploumage is glittering in the sun, the colours are brilliant.
Thanks, I love it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-18 13:49]

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Green-Tailed Emerald . Great colours and details on its plumage.Excellent POV and very nicely
composed.Best regards Siggi

Hi Jesus,

The leave is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Green-Tailed Emerald. It is clear and precise. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. have a nice day.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-20 9:35]

Hello Jesus,
What a lovely view of this little Hummingbird! Sometimes you certainly get the best shots when not prepared!! A wonderful composition and great focus on the Hummer with the lovely metallic green plumage showing in the fine light. Very well done!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Ciao Jesus,
straordinaria foto, bellissima con colori stupendi, ottima nitidezza e contrasto.
Eccelente il POV
complimenti e grazie per la condivisione
Ciao Vanni

Hello Jesus
congratulations for a new species on TN, you had a real great opportunity to capture this superb bird, this Green-Tailed Emerald have amazing details and splendid colors, in spite that you have taken this shot very fast and without thinking
very beautiful composition too
have a good night

so very pretty capture, nice clarity

What an image, gr8 bird too

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