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Azulejo de Jardín

Azulejo de Jardín
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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: 2008-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 13:36
Viewed: 6977
Points: 104
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Azulejo de Jardín or Blue-gray Tanager
Thraupis episcopus

I took this picture about one month ago, in an early and sunny morning at Parque del Este, Caracas.

The tree that produces this round orange fruits is the Matapalo rojo, o Ficus tolimensis, that has been so helpful for me to have done this series of pictures.
It’s so enjoying to see this little birds having food directly from the trees, and in a very short time you can see the way different species rotates on the same pecked fruit.

Handheld (IS), crop, exposure adjustments, image size for TN and little sharpening.
ISO: 500
Exposure Compensation: 0
Colour space: AdobeRGB
Focal length: 300 mm
AF mode: One shot AF
Flash: Off
Evaluative metering

This well known and distinctive tanager is one of the commonest, and most widely distributed bird in Venezuela. It lives in humid and dry areas, in forest borders, plantations, parks and gardens. Very conspicuous, it can usually be seen in pairs or boisterous groups, jumping between the branchesat high tree level, or sometimes in mixed flocks in fruit-bearing trees. In addition to fruit, it feeds on nectar and insects that it catches amongst the foliage. It may cause losses in papaya and mango crops.

The Blue-gray Tanager is 18 cm long and weighs 35 g. Adults have a pale blue-gray head and underparts, with darker blue upperparts. The bill is short and quite thick. Sexes are similar, but the immature is much duller in plumage.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Thraupis
Species: T. episcopus

Birds of Caracas / Birds of Caracas
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-10 13:42]

Hola José Miguel.
bella captura y pov...
hermoso ambiente,
como saborea el azulejo la fruta,
espléndida iluminación.
saludos amigo TFS.

Hola Jose Miguel
Superbe prise nature,la couleurs de l'oiseau est originale et particulière. Bravo pour le timing,on voit bien qu'il est gourmand.
Merci pour le partage...JP

Hola José Miguel.
Una estupenda captura.
Un ave con un plumaje sorprendente por el azul que luce.
Precioso pajaro e interesante nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-10 16:11]

Hi Jose',very beautifull colours in this pic,i like a lot the position of bird in the moment that you take and the wonderfull point of view,great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-10 16:59]

Hi Jose
Wonderful shot
Beautiful color and light
Fine sharpness and detail
Lovely composition and pose
tfs jon

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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 20:02]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful picture of the bird having a sumptuos meal. those orange fruits looks so juicy and delicious. No wonder so many birds get attracted to it.:)the composition is excellent. Good sharpness and details. Well saturated colours.
Thanks for the share,

Hola Jose Miguel,
Como esta usted?
A very fine image of Tanager with a good pose!
excellent sharpness, beautiful colour and details
well done
muchas gracias

Hello friend Jose Miguel:

That pretty well and that this bird captured in the branch of the tree in these latitudes there was ever seen. In contrast very well the colors orange fruits with the blue bird is separate from the sky, the yellow of the leaves makes you have a set color very pleasant to contemplate. A good tabajo and a very good explanation of both the technology used and the characteristics of the animal.

A hug dear friend


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-11 2:30]

Hello Jose Miguel,
nice shot of this pretty bird!
I love its blue wing feathers.
Great composition and POV.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Superb DOF.
Some burnt-out areas due to harsh lighting. A bit of flash may have elimintated these areas, giving the photo a more even exposure.
Beautiful, vivid colours.
Well done!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-11 5:36]

Hello Jose Miguel,
lovely shot.
You did a very nice job on this photo. Sharpness, POV, light and the great color are beautiful. Beautiful composition.

hello Jose

wonderful shot of this lovely little bird on eating action, i love
your POV from down to up, excellent framing, great DOF, excellent
luminosity of the image with excellent sharpness & details, TFS


I have actually seen, as a child, the scarlet species...but not this and did not know of it till now. This is an elegant looking bird. I reminds me of a combination of others...well captured Jose!

Hi Jose,
An exelent capture of this beautiful feeding bird. TFS. Regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-11 7:30]

Hi Jose,
A bright and refreshing image, i like the variety of colours and obviously the main subject is very well captured with good detail and a lovely pose. Great work my friend, well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-11 8:59]

Hi Jose.
Fantastic colour pattern of the picture. With strong sunlight it produces amazing impression. I like superb DOF and precise exposure. Despite the contrast subject all objects are exposed perfectly. Well done and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-11 10:30]

Hello José Miguel,
Ficus seems to be a very popular fruit tree with many species of birds and mammals. What a pity we can't grow it hee! :-) Very fine capture of the Blue-grey Tanager by the beautiful fruit that looks very tempting! Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Splendida immagine, ottimi momento di cattura e composizione, buoni dettagli del piumaggio e magnifici colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-11 11:36]

Hello Jose Miguel,
I've seen them in your country, but couln't make a good photo of it. This one is really good. Beautiful clear colours. Excellent sharp details and nice composition.

Interesante ángulo de disparo, pero lo que destaca de manera atractiva es el fondo y los colores. El ave bien captada y contrastada a pesar de la dificultad para ello.
Abrazo José Miguel: José Ignacio

Hola José Miguel. Buena composición con colores balanceados. Lo pillaste in flagranti, con el pico lleno. Tremendo pulso, Yvonne

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-11 19:14]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking Blue-gray Tanager having a 'fruitful' lunch. Lovely colours and sharp details and I like this natural setting and ambience. Superb lighting and exposure and the blue sky at the back makes the image majestic and well illuminated. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-12 0:47]

Hola José Miguel,
It is a beautiful bird, the colors on the wings look great. Good composition and POV, nice details. Gracias
Un saludo,

Hi Jose, a very good capture of this Tanager having his dinner. He may be very common to you, but to me he is a new species, so I thank you for the introduction. Exposure in this shot is very good with good colour throughout. I like this composition with the fruit in front, and some on his beak as he looks up.

Thanks, John

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-12 4:57]

Hello Jose Miguel, what a nice bird! Great sharpness, good light and exposure and great overall quality, good shot my friend, thanks!


Another brilliant image of an exotic bird feeding on a fruit up there in the tree, JM.
Despite busy BG, the bird stands out sharply and clearly.
I like the delicate colours on its plumage.
Thanks for sharing another gem of a picture and warm regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-12 7:41]

Hello José Miguel,
Excellent lighting, composition against a blue sky and action in this portrayal of a Blue-gray Tanager eating fruit in a natural setting.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello Jose, a really beautiful shot here. The colours do stand out well and the contrasty light helps create a lot of interest in the pic, and the fact that the bird is eating provides a lot of interest. On the whole, a very interesting shot. A species I've not seen before, so congrats on a wonderful shot with a good level of detail. tfs Rgds Necip

  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-12 11:11]

Ola Jose Miguel
Linda fot deste passaro impressionate e belo. A posição do passaro que foi fotografado ficou em legal.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-03-12 18:50]

Hi Jose,

Very good and well controlled exposure of this back/side lighting bird.
I like the blue back plumage.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-12 22:34]

Hola Jose,
Que lindo pajarito, buy bien compuesto, los colores y
detalles san belissimos.. Felicitaciones


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-12 22:42]

Perfect shot& composition,Jose!
Sharpness,details and colors are very nice. TFS

Hola Jose Miguel, beautiful composition with lovely bird, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

José Miguel
Nice POV and beautiful effect from the many colours, well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-13 10:12]

Hi Jose Miguel,

The Tanager may be common to you but I have never seen a real one. This is so cute with his dirty face. He is really enjoying that fruit. I love the wing colors - just beautiful. A very colorful picture with excellent details.


Hola José Miguel,
un ave realmente hermosa con un bello color celeste o azul claro en su dorso: Tal vez se pierde un poco entre las ramas, pero como documento es muy bueno e interesante en mi opinión ya que es un ave desconocida por mi.

Hi JM,

Very beautiful pose of this tanager with the best DOF also the good bg colour! good clarity, natural colours and details. TFS.


Hi Jose,
Nice seeing the bird in feeding position. Beautiful pov and composition. I like the blue sky and fresh colors of this picture. Feeling good when look at. TFS,

Excelente foto, impressionante e bela! Parabéns

Hello Jose, Lovely very colorful image of this Blue-gray Tanager in the fruiting tree. Fine focus and exposure as well as composition. Well done.
Tfs and have a great weekend. Richard

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-03-14 12:46]

Hello Jose Miguel,

Very nice picture of this bird. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-15 15:16]

Hola Jose Miguel,
What an amazing new species you bring to me today. This excellent image gives me a sharp and nicely colored view of this beautiful bird. Thank you for this splendid image.

  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-15 19:09]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Me agrada Tu foto. La pose, la comida en su pico, el encuadre, colores, y nitiez de alto nivel. Una muy educativa nota escrita.
Saludos Jose. Un abrazo.

Hi Jose Miguel,
This is a nice and unusual specie to me. I like its colors a lot and the ones from its environment. It's nice to see that nature provide them with abundance of food. This is a very nice composition with goo POV and action caught. Very interesting and nice. Thanks,

Hi Jose,
Excellent job of exposing this bird under what looks like "tricky" lighting conditions.
Very good detail, DOF, POV, color, and overall composition.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-17 11:47]

Very nice shot with a beautiful light on the blue wings. I specially like the dot of light in the eye. Great shot!

Hi Jose,

Another great bird image, with lots of detail and stunning colours. I like the fact that the bird's eating, which gives the shot additional interest...not that it needs it. Great work.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-20 13:30]

Hi Jose Miguel

The colours are just amazing especially the blue on the wing. Beautifully composed as well. He seems to be enjoying that juicy fruit



Dear José Miguel,
wonderful image of tropical splendour.
Brilliant colours, amazing handling of light.
Thank you! All my best wishes,

Hello JM. This is beautiful. Blue and orange making interesting contrast here. The sharpness and details of the bird is flawless and the act of eating is very well timed capture. Regards. Jusni

Hi Jose,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. A lovely composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-25 7:48]

Hello Jose Miguel

What beautiful colours and lighting.
The colours are warm and pastel.
Excellent POV and composition.
Great timing.


Voilà un oiseau qui semble défendre son territoire.
Bonne journée.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-04 5:07]

Hello Miguel,
Even this is a very common bird in Venezuela, for me it looks quite exotic and interesting. I like the vivid attitude of the bird a lot and its special colours. May be the morning-light was a little bit too strong and makes the background a bit noisy but it doesn't disturb the picture.
Meilleures salutations

Hi Jose.
Amazing shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. This is such an amazing view. Very well done. Tfs. Stev

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-05 12:53]

¡Qué bonito color azul en las alas! ¡Y qué gracioso con la comida enganchada del pico! Excelente enfoque y composición. Bonito e interesante especimen.
Gracias por compartirlo.

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