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Green Broadbill - Male

Green Broadbill - Male
Photo Information
Copyright: Phil Liew (A996sps) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 117] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM + 1.4II ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Selen's Favorites, Green Birds, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2, Fauna of ORIENTAL (Indian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 5:35
Viewed: 10867
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We continue with our series of broadbills in West Malaysia.
The Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis) - Male, has a very shiny sheen almost flourescent with a distinctive black ear patch and black bars on wing coverts. The female is of a duller colour and does not have the black markings.
These green feathered birds are fond of stealing nesting materials from their cousings the Silver Breasted Broadbills. Their reported habitat is evergreen broadleaved jungle up to 1300m (mostly below 800m). With their green colour they blend in extremely well and are well camouflaged to the surroundings.
Picture taken will fill flash and a "better beamer" with the whole rig mounted on a Gitzo 1325 and Wimberly II head.

coasties, joey, sranjan, SelenE, oscarromulus, Chiza has marked this note useful
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Hi Phil

What stunning coloured plumage. It looks a little odd with such a short tail. Lovely camera work. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-30 6:03]

Hi Phil,
beautiful colours on this bird.
Good composition and POV.
TFS Joey

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-30 6:17]

Hello Phil,

He looks like a leaf, really intensive colour, thank you tomake me discover a nice bird. TFS.


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  • dcata Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 1 N: 1] (54)
  • [2007-04-30 6:24]

Incredible colors. Very sharp, beautiful saturated green.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-30 7:58]

Hello Phil,
Great shot. Very sharp with lovely green and black colours. Good composition.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-30 11:14]

Hi Phil, what a beautiful bird, excellent capture, great POV and collors, I really like this one..well done..

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-30 14:15]

Hi Phil

What a great capture of this amazing looking bird, he looks so strange with his stubby tail and beak, the plummage colour is just stunning with nice detail and a great pose.

TFS Hilary :o)

Never seen this kind of bird! Very well captured details. Cheers. TFS
Regards Subhash Ranjan

Hi Phil,
I saw this one yesterday. But I could not capture it properly.
You have done it very nicely.
Beautiful colours of this bird.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-11 9:02]

Hello again,
I think I'll end up adding all your bird photos to my favorites :o))

amazing bird, TFS Ori

Thank you sooooo much for sharing this lovely image.
I had never ever heard of this species.
Loved your notes. HIGHLY EDUCATIVE.
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2009-09-30 18:59]

I heard of some my friend that Malesia is very hard country for Wild bird photography but your works area excelent , thanks for sharing.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-06-25 15:28]

Wow Phil:Una especie maravillosa y una foto superior...saludos.

What a wonderful BRIGHT green bird. It's nicely framed with a good DOF. The markings give it cartoon features. Just a beautiful bird. TFS Trevor

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