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The Fire-eyed Diucon

The Fire-eyed Diucon
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-21 11:21
Viewed: 3768
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Fire-eyed Diucon (Xolmis pyrope) is a passerine bird of South America belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. It is usually placed with the monjitas in the genus Xolmis but was sometimes placed in its own genus Pyrope in the past.

It is 19-21 cm long. The upperparts are mainly plain grey. The underparts are pale grey with white throat and undertail-coverts. The eyes are bright red, as suggested by the bird's name.

It is found in central and southern Chile and western Argentina. Vagrant birds have occurred in the Falkland Islands.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-21 11:24]

Hi Mircea. This is a bird i have not seen. so thanks for posting. you can see why it has that name. so plain in colour but with the bright red eye. you have captured it so well. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Mircea, very nice shot of this beautifull fire-eye diucon, splendid colors and sharpness, lovely pose and perfect composition whith a wonderfull background and a superb frame,

Wonderful image, Mircea.
Do like the light in the first place...
Further on a superb background, well perched and a great pose...
Fire-eyed indeed!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-21 12:01]

Hi Mircea,
what a great shot, the eye stands out so well against the grey colour of the bird and BG. excllent composition and some fine detail too. Very well done

His eyes really do look like fireballs, don't they! I like the composition and the way you've created a depth of field that gives an otherwise drab-ish colored bird a very striking presence. Great job!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-21 16:15]

Hola Mircea,
los detalles hermosos,
gran pov, sensacional encuadre y detalles...
saludos amigo.

Hi Mircea, I have not seen this bird formerly. It looks somewhat like arab bulbul (Yellow-Vented Bulbul). Very beautiful species and very nice shot. Colors and similar BG very nice. focus, POV, light on red eye very very nice. Composition also very well. thanks for sharing. best wishes. Ahmet

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-21 17:07]

Hi Mircea,
This picture is very beautiful. The point of view is excellent, colors are natural. The red eye is wonderful. Background is really lovely.


Hi Mircea
Great elegant shot. Good sharpness. Great composition and perfect buckground.
Good job
Best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-22 3:33]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent colours in this photo. The red eye gets the real accent. Very good composition, sharpness, POV and DOF. Nice pose.

hi mircea,
fine portrait shot, it has great aesthetics, the lighting and the colours are lovely, beautiful composition,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Mircea,

Beatiful shot,very nice colors and BG,

Muy linda la foto de un pájaro que me trae buenos recuerdos del sur de Chile. Muy buena nitidez y que ojo extraordinario !

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