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Greeb-crowned Brilliant

Greeb-crowned Brilliant
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 2:19
Viewed: 4548
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for all the great comments on my previous tree frog post.

This is a Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) a hummingbird that is found along rainforest edges between 700 and 2,500 m in Costa Rica, Panama and parts of Columbia and Ecuador.
At San Fernando we went to the famous cantena to watch hummingbirds come into feeders. This species was common there and they really are brilliant. This species is 13cm (5in) long and prefers to perch when feeding rather than hover. Both sexes have the characteristic white spot behind the eye. This is a female, with a speckled breast; the male is entirely emerald green. As you can see, it was raining while we were there, so flash was necessary.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-27 2:27]
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Hello Neighbour!
This is an excellent capture of a green-crowned Brilliant, with good sharpness and well illuminated by flash in the poor light. I might have tried to brighten it a little but it's a minor point.
The composition and pose are fine too.
Thanks for sharing an image that probably is of a new species on TN.

Hallo Chris
What a cheeky looking bird. I like the way the face is directed to the front but the eye is slightly looking at you. A beautiful hummingbird with dazzling colours. I like the tiny white spot in the black of the bird's eye, and the patch of white just above the eye. A lovely presentation with good focus, fine details and natural colours. That water droplet at the end of the branch really does it for me. Like always this was a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Chris,
Beautiful hummingbird shot. You had a beautiful pose here. Sharp image and wonderful brilliant eye. Very well done.

Hello Chris,

Very nice picture of this beautiful hummingbird.
Very nice composition. Very good sharpness. Very beautiful irridescent colours of the bird.

I like the dark shot here of this marvelous hummingbird Chris,
the capture is good the pov is nice a little bit dark but it is a fantastic photo, very good photojob, well done. have a nice day
gr. jaap

Just beautiful! Bravo! Excellent colors! Cheers, Klaus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-27 6:58]

Hello Chris,
Wonderful capture of this little jewel posing nicely for you! Good focus on the eye, great details and lovely bright metallic greens that stand out nicely against the darker background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-27 7:32]

Hi Chris,

A nice capture after I suppose a real costa rican rainshower,I have visited costa rica many times in the rainy season and I know that it is not easy to photograph in the dark woods,you managed quite ok and details and colors are well seen,thanks


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 12:01]

Hello Chris, that's a great shot of the Brilliant, very sharp image, great background and very good exposure, well done, thanks !


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-28 15:30]

Hi Chris,

Great image of the hummingbird, you've used the flash in a great way giving a beautiful light on the bird. Excellent sharpness overall, amazing light in the eye and I also love this little drop on the branch!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-28 17:56]

Hello Chris,
This is just a fantastic image, the details are superb, the colors are great and the composition is incredible, thanks for sharing.

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