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Blue dacnis (f)

Blue dacnis (f)
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-25 11:27
Viewed: 5133
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The female Blue Dacnis looks very different than the male, of which I placed a photo yesterday.
The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is a resident breeder from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.
Normally it lives in the high forest canopy and forest edges on various heights. It also occurs in forests and other woodlands. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is brown-blotched white two eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.
The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. It has a relatively short bill compared to other honeycreepers. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black forehead, throat and back. The wings and tail are black edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.
These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnisís call is a fruit thin tsip or tsri.
All this exotic birds I photographed in a tree-garden behind a small restaurant.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-25 11:32]

Hi Peter. once again a bird i have not seen so thanks for posting. i see so many birds on TN i would not have seen othewise.. You have captured the colourful Blue Dacnis with good detail and colour. you can see the detail in all the feathers. good light in the eye with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS . good notes too.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-08-25 11:34]

Hoi Peter,
deze vogel ziet er inderdaad erg anders uit dan de vogel van gisteren. Geweldige groene kleuren. Opmerkelijk dat we deze kleuren in noordwest Europa weinig terug zien. Erg fraai vastgelegd!
Groeten, Jacob

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-25 11:52]

Hi Peter
Very nice image of a bird I never saw before.Excellent POV .Colors and details are excellents.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter
A very good picture displaying fantastic colours. Did you autofocus this one? I ask as the body is filled with detail but it slightly loses the crispness and sharpness in the head.
A superb note from which I have learnt something new today
Many Thanks for sharing

Hello Peter,lovely picture with marvelous colours.Cheer and TFS

never saw this one before, TFS Ori

You have composed this nicely with the branch and DOF. I would love to see birds like thas in my area. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-25 23:34]

The colors on this bird are incredible, Peter.
You sure captured them with just the right exposure to bring out the beauty of its plumage.
Excellent use of the DOF and great POV.
TFS. : )

Hello Peter a beautifull capture with fine sharp detail great complementing background lovely colour tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-30 0:03]

Hi Peter

An unusual and beautiful bird which you have captured and described very well - excellent colour and detail. Thanks


Hi Peter,

What a beauty my friend! You've captured it with lovely pose and great details! Great work!
TFS and have a nice night/new week!


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