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Rainbow-bearded Thornbill

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
Photo Information
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: 2007-04-30
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, Colourful Birds, Birds of South America, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-11 10:00
Viewed: 8030
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (female)
Chalcostigma herrani
click for the male

Photographed in Yanacocha Reserve in the Cloudforest on the slopes of Volcan Pichincha, at around 3500 mt altitude.

Class AVES
Species Authority (DeLattre & Bourcier, 1846)

This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 76,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as 'uncommon' in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
*Source: Birdlife International

Distribution Status in Latin America:
Native- Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Weather conditions: Cloudy and foggy
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-30 10:37
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash fired

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-11 10:04]

What a beauitful bird!!Lovely colours&POV.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-11 10:07]

Fantastic... just amazing! Wonderful colours, POV and a great composition.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-11 10:11]

Hello Selen,

i don't i've ever seen a bird quite like this before...simply stunning, you've done it proud with this shot.

Very well done and thanks for sharing,


Hello Selene,
This is a wonderful specie that you captured here. Details and colors are amazing and so is composition and exposure. Wow! Its eye is so brilliant, I'm amazed. It looks like a little jewel :) This BG is superb, congratulations on a precious capture!

Hello Selen,
Well composed. Good exposure. Colourful.
The eye has more than one catch light; I wonder what it is actually.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-11 10:17]

Hello Selen,
What a colourful bird! Great POV, details and colours. A lovely composition. I have never seen a bird with so many colours like this. So thank you for sharing it.
Regards, Smitha.

Amazing looking species.
Had you not shared this subject I would continue ignorant
of its existance.
Great focusing job.
Lovely composition indeed.
Best regards,
Mario from Canada.

Hi Selene,
What a magnificent shot!
You were so lucky to catch them alighted on the branch, in order to appreciate all their wonderful and iridiscent colours.
And that twisted branch helps a lot to build this excellent composition.
I like very much the DOF and the beautiflu blurred background got.
Definetly a very lucky trip to the tropic, plenty of great shots!
My compliments and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Hi Selen
Really nice and colorful little bird :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-11 10:54]

Hi Selen,
this is a superb capture of this bird.
Great composition and DOF.
Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-11 11:07]

Hi Selen,

A beautiful capture of a beautiful bird I have not seen before. The colors are amazing! Wonderful details, pose, setting and composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-11 11:42]

Hello Selen,
Wow, this is really magnificent - the colours of the rainbow! Super sharp, wonderful colours, nice soft background and a lovely composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-11 12:18]

Merhaba Selem,
Absolutely wonderful bird. Feathers can't be more colourful! Excellent details and pov to see the beauty of this spectacular Rainbow-bearded thornbill.
TFS and best regards, José M.

Good picture. The eye is really brilliant.
Sombras suaves, nítido y bien compuesto
Un saludo

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-11 13:08]

Good morning Selen, wonderful capture of this lovely hummer, the collors, composition, and the sharpness are great..well done..

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-11 13:16]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic photograph in every sense. Composition, square format, colors, definition come together for a unique picture. Learning a lot from your trip. Hosçakal,

Hello Selen
Excellent shot of this Rainbow-bearded Thornbill ,Great BG and focusing,
Fantastic colors and sharpness,
Superb shot.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-11 13:44]

Hi Selen

Great focus and colours - but how on earth did you manage to get it?? They usually 'buzz' off so quickly.


Wow - what fantastic colours!
Great shot Selen! Great POV, excellent sharpness, brilliant colours and lighting too. This is a great composition. I like it very much. Thank you for posting.

Good Golly! That is a gorgeous bird... and a wonderful photo of it. I love the colors and how so many of them are repeated in the background. Just lovely.

Evelynn : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-11 15:24]

Hello Selen,
This photo shows us the best side of this Thornbill. Amazing. Compositon and eye-contact is fabulous.
TFS, Peter

excellent colors. composition, BG, details, POV wonderful. I like it very much.
Best wishes

Selen hanım fotoğraf çekmekte çok haklısınız. Ben de böyle fotoğraflar ekebilsem elimden makineyi hi bırakmazdım her halde. Elinize sağlık. Mustafa

Hello Selen,
Beautiful! Your picture is excellent, plenty of details and witha great close-up on this tiny bird. Only known for my by a guide, the first time I see it in photo. Interesting note.Thanks for sharing

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-11 16:34]

Bonsoir Selen
Très belle prise, belle attitude du sujet, excellente gestions des couleurs et cadrage.
Bravo, amicalement Robi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-11 17:37]

Hi selen. This is a amazing shot. great colours ,detail, compostion, and POV. all adds up to first class shot. very well done and TFS. Nick..

dire de plus que superbe, oiseau que je ne connais pas et on se demande si une telle merveille peut excistée
félicitations +++

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-11 22:45]

Amazing colors with outstanding exposure. Excellent sharpness and details. The eye is perfect! I would favor a more narrow vertical crop. Excellent note.

Hi Selen

Wow.... what a magnificent shot. You have done a super job here. What a wonderful image to have in your gallery. Congrats! :-)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-12 3:16]

salut Selen
supebe image, les couleurs sont tout à fait exceptionnelles, mais le plus est le brilliant dans l'oeil.


Merhaba Selen, bu sitede ilk defa gördüğüm bir kuş, çok ilginç ve renkleri harika. ellerine sağlık

Hi Selen, amazing colors for this bird in great pose with wonderful details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-12 7:49]

Hi Selen

This is really a splendid bird!
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill ...i'll remeber that name :)
Your capture is amazing and the details and colors you got out from it are fantastic!
Very beautiful composition and BG clearance, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-12 7:56]

Hello Selen,
Gorgeous bird, so colorsful and the details are amazing. You did excellent capturing all this beauty, great POV which shows of the bird very well.
Lovely composition, the placing of the bird and the OOF looks great.

Hi Selen,
She is a beauty! Amazing colors and fine detail shown in the plumage. Very well composed and framed shot. A really grat shot.

Hola Selen,
Encantadora imagen llena de agradable luz y bellos colores con gran definición y mucho detalle. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-14 8:55]

Merhaba Selen,
Tam bu kuşu nerede çektin diye soracaktım ki Ecuador da oldugunu gördüm.Darısı benim başıma:)Renkler,ışık ve gözdeki canlılık harika.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

Çok değişik bir kuş , gökkuşağı renklerine bayıldım. Tebrikler

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-15 13:07]

bu serinin fotoğrafları genellikle çok güzel, ancak çok renkliliğinden mi bilmiyorum, bunu daha çok sevdim:)
Ellerinize sağlık..

Hi Selen,
woooow - what a beautiful bird, I wonder that one single bird can wear so many colours ;-)
Very impressive and wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Kuşun Gözünün parıltısı bile ortada iken fazla söylenecek birşey yok. Mükemmel.

Elinize sağlık

Hi Selen , excellent colors and good POV , also i like square format , TFS and good luck...

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