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Galbula ruficauda (Cuvier, 1816)

Galbula ruficauda (Cuvier, 1816)
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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: 2011-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-03 18:30
Viewed: 3751
Points: 40
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Galbula ruficauda (Cuvier, 1816)

Hello friends!

Few times I can take pictures of birds, because is not common which I have the luck of a bird will perch close enough to make a decent picture with my old camera brige. But I think this time I was lucky and this beautiful bird was mesmerized "catching flies" while I took this shot!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Galbulidae
Genus: Galbula
Species: G. ruficauda
Binomial name: Galbula ruficauda (Cuvier, 1816)
Local common name (Spanish): "Tucuso verde"

Description: The Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Galbula ruficauda, is a near-passerine bird which breeds in the tropical New World in southern Mexico, Central America and South America as far south as southern Brazil and Ecuador.

The jacamars are elegant brightly coloured birds with long bills and tails. The Rufous-tailed Jacamar is typically 25 cm long with a 5 cm long black bill. The subspecies G. r. brevirostris has, as its name implies, a shorter bill. This bird is metallic green above, and the underparts are mainly orange, including the undertail, but there is a green breast band. Sexes differ in that the male has a white throat, and the female a buff throat; she also tends to have paler underparts. The race G. r. pallens has a copper-coloured back in both sexes.

This species is a resident breeder in a range of dry or moist woodlands and scrub. The two to four rufous-spotted white eggs are laid in a burrow in a bank or termite mound.

This insectivore hunts from a perch, sitting with its bill tilted up, then flying out to catch flying insects. The bird distinguishes between edible and unpalatable butterflies mainly according to body shape (Chai 1996).

The Rufous-tailed Jacamar's call is a sharp pee-op, and the song a high thin peeo-pee-peeo-pee-pe-pe, ending in a trill.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/5000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 9200/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-04-02 10:50
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 256 kb

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Hi Jesus,
Yes sure got lucky here. This bird is gorgeous, at first I thought it a Hummingbird. Excellant pose and lighting. I love that perch/branch it sitting on, it fits in very nicely. Very well done. Have a great day.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-03 23:39]

Hello Jesus,
fantastic celebration of nature - absolutely perfect. Great picture, excellent colours and very good details. I really like this photo.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus,
fantastica cattura di questo bellissimo e coloratissimo uccello, splndid colori luminosi dalle tonalità metalliche, ottima nitidezza, sei stato fortunato, ma la fortuna ti ha trovato poiché l'hai cercata
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-04 1:18]

Hello Jesus,
Yes!!! A photo of a bird! And a fantastic one! Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours an a great POV and composition. Lovely pose. Good DOF.

Superb photo, beautiful colours and good detail. regards yiannis

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-04 2:00]

Hello Jesus
A little busy BG, but still a great capture

good photograph with good background. wonderful species of bird with colors. thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-04 2:50]

Hi Jesus,

What a great shot. This is a very cute bird. I like the reflecting colors of this bird and the pose on the branch is fantastic.


Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

Ciao Jesus, delizioso uccellino dai bei colori brillanti, ottima nitidezza e splendidi dettagli, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jesus. Davvero interessante la resa dei colori metallici in piena luce. Top dettaglio e nitidezza.


Hello Jesus
Beautiful bird and impressive photo with very good composition and good sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic.

Hello Jesús

Excellent image quality of this photo, fine POV
and appropriate framing, beautiful eye-contact,
successful against daylight (contre-jour),
great focus sharpness and details,
very beautiful eye-contact from the bird, TFS


No hay género que se te resista Jesús.
Vistos tus trabajos la mayoría de gente ya saben que cámara han de comprar:
la Olympus sp65 UZ: para qué gastar más dinero ?... cuántos con lentes de más de 1000 Euros
quisieran conseguir estos resultados !
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Bonjour Jesus,
Très bon angle de prise de vue et splendide lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-04 8:48]

Hi Jesus,what a magnificent metallic plums colors,it seem ready to go in a disco...ehehe....fantastic point of view and impressive light balance,sharpness and details,another pearl in your gallery my friend!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-04 10:32]

Hello Jesus,
A fabulous capture of this little Jacamar in a lovely pose showing off its wonderful metallic plumage. It stands out nicely against the background and you did very well in the strong light.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-04 15:34]

Hola Jesus,
Tus fotos sont verdaderamente preciosas. Esa por exemplo, que maravillosa que es! Una joya! Que bello colores y que nitideza!No podía imaginar una mejor imagen! Bravo, Jesus! Tu trabajo está impecable y es un plazer mirarlo. Muchas gracias por compartirlo aqui en TN.
Sì es verdad que yo ja tengo muchos buenos amigos en el site y ellos me ayudan mucho con todos los consejos y buena critica. Siento que estoy aprendendo bastante con todos vosotros.Y eso me hace muy feliz.
Un brazo con todo mi cariño para tí!Y muchíssimas gracias por tus amables palavras en mi ultima foto.
Buen fin de semana para tí tambien!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-04 23:14]

Hello Jesús,
A superb capture of a Rufous-tailed Jacamar, I species I have photographed in Tobago before digital photography.
So it is nice to be reminded by this excellent sharp shot taken from a great POV in a fine natural coloured composition.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Hola Jesus

Unos colores metalicos muy bellos de este pequeño. Estupenda composición y POV excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

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