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Greater Flameback

Greater Flameback
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Copyright: Nadeem Khawar (Nadeemkhawar) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 3 N: 63] (391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600mmF4L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 7:09
Viewed: 6324
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater flameback sucking the nactor from the flowers.
The Greater Flameback is a large species at 33 cm in length. It is of typical woodpecker shape, with an erect crest and a long neck. Coloration is highly variable between subspecies; it always has an unmarked golden yellow to dark brown back and wings. The rump is red and the tail is black. The underparts are white with dark markings (chevrons, stripes, or bands), or light brown. The head is whitish with a black pattern, or it is yellow, brown or red. Unlike the Black-rumped Flameback, Dinopium benghalense, white-and-black-headed birds have a dark moustache stripe divided by white, and the black of the eye patch is joined to that of the nape.Thanks for your time and sharing .
(Thanks to wikipedia for text)

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hello Nadeem

WOW ! superb shot with the excellent luminosity on the foreground
of the image lovelly pose of this Greater Flameback,
excellent POV & framing, with excellent sharpness & details
and wonderful colours of the bird, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-16 7:47]

Hi Nadeem.
Excellent photo. high quality lavel in all aspects. Sharp and well focus.
Only one question. Is the flower of a Agave plant such as "Maguey"? We have some arround here.

Hello Nadeem,
Very nice shot,excellent composition and pov,superb sharpness and depth of field,fantastic vivid colors and very nice details.

amazing bird, vever saw it before, TFS Ori

Hi Nadeem

Excellent shot
Superb compo with excellent sharpnes and fine details
lovely pose, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-16 8:12]

Hello Nadeem,
Very nice colorsful shot!
Well composed!
Good POV.

Hallo Nadeem
Absolutely stunning! Brilliant. Before I say anything else I am adding this one to my favourites. Right now I can carry on. The beauty of this bird is actually indescribable. I thought kingfishers are beautiful, but this one beat them by far. I have never seen this bird or even know that it existed. The technical aspects of this photo are just as wonderful as the bird itself. I can see no faults. Focus, details, depth of field, framing, composition and all the other I have left out is each worth a smiley. It is been long time since I really a photo like this one. I think you have outdone yourself. Congratulations.
Kind regards

Hello Nadeem,
Superb image.
A very beautiful and colourful Greater flameback. What's in a name?
Very effective background as well.
Well done!!

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-16 9:40]

Hello Nadeem,
Superb capture of a Greater flameback Woodpecker. The technical quality is excellent and the composition as it sits on the flower superb.
Well done and TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-16 9:59]

Hi Nadeem,
Perfect picture of this rare and beautiful bird. Exposure, light and details can't be better!
TFS, José M.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-16 10:26]

Hello Nadeem,
In all aspects this is a perfect photo. Sharpness, details, clear colours, timing, POV, BG and composition are all so good! Very, very beautiful.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-02-16 10:59]

Hi Nadeem

Wonderful shot of this striking bird, very nicely composed and a great pose and POV, beautiful vibrant colours and excellent lighting, nicely isolated from the BG too.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-16 11:52]

Hi Nadeem
this si very nice colors
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-16 14:29]

Hi Nadeem,

This is a new specie to me. The photo is very sharp and shows interesting details. I like the crop you made. Splendid colors as well.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-16 18:22]

Hi Nadeem,

I have seen Greater flameback woodpecker before, but this variety is new to me, and never perched like this (always at the tree trunk).
This is Superb, with yellow flower and black/grey background, the bird just pop out from my screen.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-16 23:36]

Fantastic shot Nadeem, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

Hi Nadeem
Beautiful presentation
Stunning shot
Wonderful color
Crystal clear image
Detail is superb
tfs jon

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-19 12:32]

Bonjour Nadeem
Très belle prise et sujet, excelente maitrise de l'exposition, bonnes couleurs et netteté, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-08-26 23:11]

what a beautiful shot! so colorful and very well focused on subject.
i like your composition. great visual impact.

Hi Nadeem,
spectacular presentation of that very attractive colourful flameback visiting a bunch of blossoms in a very well approached beautiful pose, sharply focussed, well detailed. Well lighted, and distinctively separated from a neutrally grey contrasting background, the colours of both the bird and the blossoms seem to be glowing out of the darkness.
Beautiful posting. Thank you.
With best regards,

it look as if i make some sort of noise it will fly away.almost real.good composition.nicely placed objective,colors are sharp and stuning pose.nice in all aspects

That's an absolutely georgeous bird Nadeem. Does it ever look like a woodpecker. You framed it well and it's got good contrasts. I hope you post more of these birds. Wonderful shot! TFS Trevor

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