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Canario de Tejado

Canario de Tejado
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-20 7:50
Viewed: 18317
Points: 148
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canario de Tejado or Saffron Finch
Sicalis flaveola

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, in a beautiful and sunny early morning at Parque del Este, Caracas.

These are very small (about 14cm) and quick birds, often saw them in couples, but when trying to approach they fly away immediately. So with enough patience and no specific day expectations I manage to get this one.

I’m enjoying a lot the guide about birds of Caracas, so will be trying to photograph and identify the most birds as possible as I’ll can.

Handheld (IS), crop, exposure adjustments, noise reduction, image size for TN and sharpening.

ISO: 800
Exposure Compensation: 0
Colour space: AdobeRGB
Focal length: 300 mm
AF mode: One shot AF
Flash: Off
Time: 8:54 am
Evaluative metering

This finch is a tanager from South America and is common in both open and semi-open areas in lowlands outside the Amazon Basin. They have a wide distribution in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Formerly, it was placed in the Emberizidae but it is close to the seedeaters.

The Saffron Finch can be recognized by its bright yellow tones and the orange patch of his head. It is common the semi-open scrubbed areas or scrubland, in dry or semi-humid environments, in agricultural lands and urban areas. Of a sociable nature, it is usually seen in flocks, all year round.

It spends much of its time on the ground, hopping around looking for grass seeds, but at the slightest sign of alarm will fly off to hide in the scrub. It’s very often seen perched in groups, on fences or cables.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Sicalis
Species: S. flaveola

Birds of Caracas / Birds of Caracas
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Hola Jose Miguel,
This is a very beautiful posting of finch!
the exposure and focus is spot on with perfect pose in sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot!
many thanks for sharing and the good notes
muchas gracias

Hola Jose Miguel
Very nice capture of this Kanarya species in yellow plumage. It is very lovely looking and cute bird. Shot is great with sharp details, great eye contact, superb colors. POV and composition also nice. gracias y saludos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-20 8:07]
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Hola José Miguel,
A fine capture of the Saffron Finch, contrasting well against the OOF BG in a fine composition in excellent morning lighting.
Thanks for sharing this attractive image of a species that I haven't seen before.

This is a very good photograph of the finch, Jose Miguel! The pov shows off his breast feathers to perfection and captures a lovely glint in his eye!very good composition and how well he shows up against that blurred b/g!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

many thanks for your warm comments on 'These are females!'

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-20 8:14]

Hi Jose Miguel,
very good colour and a great composition, you've used the light really well here and got some nice detail too, well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-20 8:16]

Hi Jose.
What a wonderful picture with amazing subject and splendid colours. I am impressed a lot. Great use ISO 800 and other exposure parameters. Fantastic pictorials BG, wonderful details and colouration of the bird and twigs. You managed to create a true masterpiece which would be desirable to look and look again. Bravo, my friend.

I see very little noise for such a high ISO. I rarely go above 400 with my xti. I think the camera focused on the branch rather than on your pretty bird's eye. The color is wonderful. Good luck with your Caracas bird project.

Evelynn : )

Hey Jose,
Great shot with amazing focus.Thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-20 8:27]

Hi Jose Miguel,

I love being introduced to new birds! I'm sure this is hard one to get a good shot of but this picture is wonderful. He is posing nicely for you. The colors are beautiful and the details of his face and plummage are excellent. TFS.


hello jose,
lovely capture, the colours are beautiful and the composition is pleasing, i liked the multi coloured bg,
tfs & regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-20 8:42]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Great photo in this diagonal composition. Beautiful details in the plumage. Good OOF BG. Excellent light on this Saffron Finch.

VERY beautiful bird, beautiful colors, beautiful picture! Very good focus and DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-20 9:06]

Hello Jose Miguel,
What a lovely capture of this little bright yellow Finch that is new to me. I like your POV and the sharp focussing. Lovely colours and a beautiful soft background too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hola José Miguel. ¡Qué belleza! Me encanta el contraste entre el color del pájaro y el fondo de la foto. Lo lograste tomar con un muy buen ángulo y con muy buena luz, lo que permite apreciar todos los detalles. Saludso, Yvonne

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-20 9:41]
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Hi Jose Miguel and nice to see you back here and posting, my friend!

This is a splendid shot of this beautiful canary, one in which the colors really shine and stand out even from the thumbnail!
The details on the bird are also good, especially considerring the fact that it's such a fast one.
I like the nice DOF that you used and the lovely BG it produced, as well.
Reading your note, i couldn't help seeing that we use very much the same settings when shooting our subjects :)
I also use the evaluative metering a lot, the one-shot AF and hardly any flash ;) However, i use the sRGB and usually tend to use a lower ISO (my camera body is not that good as yours). But still it's fun :)

Anyway, wonderful work, amigo!
Bravo and TFS

Hello Jose,

A nice scene and perfect quality of reproduction. TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-20 11:40]

Hi Jose. This is fine close up of the yellow finch. I have found birds with yelow feathers have a very smooth coat which you can see in this one. great detail and colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Jose Miguel, splendid bird in great pose, excellent sharpness and superb colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-20 12:16]

Bonjour Jose Miguel
Très belle prise de cet oiseau exotique, très belle couleur et attitude du sujet, bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Jose!

It's difficult to critique a perfect picture. The technical criterions are all perfectly fulfilled. All I can add is my personal and subjective feeling: I like the picture very much, the colors are superb and the bird is very well highlighted by the blurred background.

Kind regards


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-20 13:26]

Hi Jose Miguel,
this is a very pretty bird!
The dappled BG really compliments the bright yellow plumage.
Superb diagonal composition.
Sharp with great details.
Focus seems slightly off the eye but I can see it must have been hard to focus on it seeing as the branch is such a more appealing focus-point for the cameras auto-focus.

Excellent lighting and colours.
Superb note.
Well done my friend.
You've adapted to the 40D incredibly well.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-20 15:08]

Hello Jose
Beautiful presentation.Good POV and well composed image.Details are excellent and th colors is fantastic.
TFS Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-20 15:24]

Hola José,
que amarillito el chico,
bella captura y hermoso canarito, :))
bonito pov y excelente bg,

Unusual how many posted Yellow today but this one is REAL yellow...and certainly makes for a fine coat in the aviary world... Your backdrops, colours and notes are all simply superb!

Hi Jose,
Very nice picture of Saffron Finch. Beautiful yellow plumage. Sharp focus with detail to appreciate. Very well done.

hello Jose Miguel

a superb composition of this lovely bird,
excellent sharpness & details and excellent luminosity on the finch,
excellent POV of your image and a lovely catch-light at the eye, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-20 19:34]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Como es ya costumbre una exelente y fina foto de este "Camario" Muy hermosos colores y bella pose. La nota escrita es muy interesante par mi, pues me gusta aprender acerca de las aves.
Felicidades Jose, y recibe un abrazo dede aqui.

Hello Jose,
Fantastic shot, nice compositon and pov, excellent sharpness and depth of field, superb vivid colors and nice light

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 23:35]

Hola José Miguel,
Nice capture of this saffron finch. I liked the colors, background, composition and your POV. Gracias
Un saludo,

Hello Jose Miguel,

Morning light always make good picture and you have capitalized the good lighting here very well. The light and shadow work very well in your composition. The branch makes good perspective of a very well perched position of this beauty. The sharpness and detail of this bird are flawless and contrasting well with the blurry background. Well done and very best regards,


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-21 0:40]

Hello Jose,
very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done

Hola Jose Miguel

Great shot of this beautiful safron finch.


Hola José Miguel,
Has logrado un cálido y hermoso retrato de ese hermoso canario, que por aqui suele haber en el campo

Pues no pensaba ahora en tí jeje, suerte que me votaste y vine por acá.
Tu canario precioso, aquí no tenemos en estado salvaje que yo sepa.
Bonitos colores y excelente fondo.
Un abrazo José Miguel: José Ignacio.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-21 22:49]

Hi Jose Miguel

Nice POV with very good colours and focus.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-22 8:11]

Wow, a splendid picture Jose Miguel, wow! Your gallery is also fantastic, what a great photographer you are! The light is perfect, the pov superb, the background is so beautiful and the colours are stunning. Thank you very much, this is a beauty,


Hello Jose, lovely colour and good colour contast between the blue and yellow. The head could be a little sharper, but the claw looks perfectly sharp. A lovely pose, nice light with good exposure. tfs Rgds Necip

Hola amigo,
splendid colorfull shot, realy good focus
I like especialy the vivid yellow and the beautifull bluesky in bacground,
a very good job,

Hola JoseMiguel:

No tengo perdón, cada vez que quiero poner un comentario en una de tus fotos está tan visitada que no lo hago en espera de que publiques la siguiente, pero cuando me acuerdo y esta a tope, como ahora mismo. Por añadidura escribi una nota antes que Necipp, lo puedes comprobar por la lista de "Util" y se ve que salí de página antes de que se publicara. Me pasa de todo brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

Amigo mío, yo quisiera comentártelas todas las fotos por que además de que lo valen por que eres muy bueno, tienes tiempo de criticar las mias que como puedes ver hay una pequeña diferencia de comentarios. Esta es la diferencia en un buen fotógrafo y un aficionado.

Hablar ahora solo de la perfección de este canario es por añadidura, porque dar un vistazo a toda tu galería es una gozada. Lo que siento es solo poder darte dos puntos cuando realmente merecerías un 10 en cada obra.

Recibe un fuerte abrazo amigo mio.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-22 19:21]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful shot and the colour and details on the plumage looks awesome. Superb light management and I like the glint on its eye. The BG looks so special. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Belas cores amigo!!! Uma luz muito interessante, Abraço.

Beautiful bird, Jose.
As usual, your capture of it is faultless. From this POV, we have a grand view of the bird's richly coloured breast and part of its plumage.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

Hello Jose
First of all I love the bright yellow colour of this Canario. Being such a tiny and quick bird, it's a nice image to capture. You have a lot of patients. The blue background is a nice compliment to the colour of the bird. Good note and TFS

Gorgeous color. Brilliant lighting. Great point of view and angle. Well done1 :)

Oh.... He is a real beauty Jose Miguel! I think that I have never seen this little one before. I like this pose and composition you chose as the result is a well balanced picture. You caught a beautiful catch-light in its eye with nice details and strong saturated colors. I like its black and yellow beak :) This is a sweet specie and superb portrait. Well done and TFS,

Hola Jose Miguel.

Estos bonitos pajaros por aqui son canario de jaula, tiene un color intenso muy bonito.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 6:30]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Great image of a very colorful species. I like yellow birds as they stand out so well. Great details especially handheld, and the composition is well done thats for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-25 8:01]

Hello José Miguel! A beautiful composition and a perfect technique on this one, a great image, thanks!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 11:08]

Hi Jose Miguel

What a stunning colour. I haven't seen this finch before. Sweet pose, sharp details and well composed. That is a stunner



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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-02-25 20:07]

Hello Jose,

Nice capture of this Saffron Finch.POV,color, compo and details are very good.

Thanks for sharing


Hi Jose,
A lovely capture of this Saffron Finch. Well composed with excellent details. I like the yellow color a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Que voilà un poseur bien fier de ses couleurs !
Bonne journée.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-27 6:01]

Hello Jose Miguel,
this is wonderful the bright colors of the bird remind me of my vacation and not of the cold snowy day outside.
Very well captured from an great POV, the OOF back ground shows of the little bird perfectly.

Hola amigo.
Bello ejemplar con un colorido maravilloso.
Buenos detalles y excelente comentario.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hi dear Jose,
Very nice shot with great BG and beautiful colours.
well done and thanks for sharing


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-02-27 10:47]

Hola Jose Miguel,

Very nice picture of this nice Canario! I also like tge colorful bg... The only thing is that it seems to me that the head is not completly in focus. You managed very well the exposition (not easy with yellow) and did a very good composition...

Good job and TFS!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 18:11]

Hello Jose Miguel

This is a beautiful little bird.
Excellent lighting producing vivid and bright colours.
The plumage shows well with excellent definition.
Very good eye detail and catch light.
Captured beautifully in a natural setting.
Well done.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-01 23:03]
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Hola José Miguel:
¡No sabía yo que había canarios autóctonos en Caracas! Precioso ejemplar capturado con un color fascinante. Se ve que el pajarillo estaba tomando el sol y esto proporciona una luz perfecta. Excelente punto de vista y agradable fondo.
Un gran saludo,
José Miguel.

Soggetto e ripresa molto belli; complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hello Jose Miguel,
Excellent deatils in the plumage, and the bright yellow really makes this little fellow stand out!
Effective point of view and a fine composition, DOF is spot on and isolates the subject well...
Pablo -

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-03-10 20:05]

Hello Jose,
What a colourful bird! Beautiful capture with great sharpness and details. The exposure is spot on. i liked the bright yellow aginst the blurred background.
Thanks for the share,

Hallo Jose Miguel
This is a super shot of a beautiful yellow bird. No wonder there is a colour scheme called Canary Yellow. I have seen many of these birds before, but this one is an absolute eye-catcher. The colour of the beak is rather striking, almost like the colour of pearls. The catch light in the eye place the cherry on the cake and rounds of this beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. A beautiful photo. I like the way you photographed it from below, facing the camera upwards. Framing and presentation are excellent. Thanks for the interesting note.
Kind regards

Hi Jose.
What a stunning shot of this little finch, considering the high ISO you used I'm amazed at the lack of noise in the background, beautiful colours, excellent light, perfect exposure, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

Dear José Miguel,
what a delightful masterpiece of splendid sunny colours, once more from you. Very beautiful and rich. Thank you my dear friend! With all my best wishes to you,

Hope you don't mind my try of a slight final touch after downsize to web of this splendid picture.

Hi Jose,
looks like you have captured a piece of the sun and placed it in a tree,wow what a very yellow little bird and yellow is my favorite colour.The colour is excellent and the point of view is good too and unusual for you I see some softness of focus with this little one's head details but don't let that make you think it is a bad shot-it isn't.I have the same camera and it drives me to distraction as I have a number of photos that are not quite focused sharp enough but at the time of my shots appeared sharp in the view finder.A nice photo and thank you for this little piece of the sun,it is a beautiful bird. Bob

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-03-24 10:55]

Hi Jose!
What an elegant bird,I love the color contrast of yellow and blue, great POV and details, amazing colors and perfect focus!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-25 2:34]

hello Jose Miguel
good capture of this cute finch
i like composition, POV, BG, lighting, colours and informative note

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-30 16:44]

Hello Jose,
what a beautifully colored bird!
great capture, nice details and sharpness!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-08 11:54]

Hello Jose Miguel !
What a wonderful bird, I love its bright yellow color ! Excellent details, vivid colors, splendid composition and POV. I also like the BG, nicely blurred and with lovely colors. The pose of the bird is nice too, he looks cute, sitting on his branch like that. And, as always, a very interesting note. Very well done !

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-09 11:32]

Hola Jose Miguel
¡Qué lindo este canarito con ese color amarillo tan intenso! ¡Qué bonito debe de ser poder verlo fotografiarlo en libertad! Es una foto magnífica y preciosa, con gran luminosidad, colorido, ricos detalles y una bonita composición.
¡¡Felicidades!! Muchas gracias por compartirla y que pases un muy feliz fin de semana.

Ciao Jose Miguel,
splendida cattura, eccellente composizione con una bella ambientazione e uno stupendo OOF BG, ottima nitidezza, fantastici i colori.
Complimenti per la tua galleria d'immagini. Grazie.

Hi Jose, Your coloured bird series is a delight for the eyes. Good contrast and DOF effect. Look forward to seeing some fuitbats soon. Great to share the day Treking with you today. TFS. Murray.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-07 16:31]

Hello jose,
a very excellent perching condition of this sharp shot bird. The composition is very lovely with bluured background and lighting make it so impressive.
Well thought and brilliant nature shot.


This is the type of photo I am striving for - great bokeh and composition - sincerely well done.....ms

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