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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
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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: 2008-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 7:41
Viewed: 6953
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 114
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rainbow Lorikeet or Trichoglossus haematodus

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, few days after arriving to Sydney, Australia.

After the very long trip, everything was new to me here, beginning by the birds around, I was amazed to see this awesome colorful birds flying freely from tree to tree, as well as the white cockatoos, perched just outside my hotel’s window and making that loud and characteristic noise.

Handheld with IS, crop, some contrast adjustments and image size for TN.
On the WS you can see the whole bird into the frame.

Shutter speed: 1/125
Aperture value: F5.6
Focal length: 170mm
AF mode: AI Servo AF
Flash: On
ISO 400

The Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.

The Rainbow Lorikeet is very colourful as its name suggests. Almost every colour in the rainbow is used on the feathers of the rainbow lorikeet. They are not a huge bird with a Rainbow Lorikeets height ranging from 25-30 cm (9.8-11.8 in) in size, with a wingspan of about 17 cm (6.7 in) and vary significantly in colouration between the numerous subspecies.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Genus: Trichoglossus
Species: T. haematodus

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hello jose,
lovely capture, the colors are vibrant and the eye contact is very good, liked the pov and the composition too,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-09 7:56]

Hi Jose

A great shot - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


Hello Jose. Beautiful mugshot in colorful detail. I like the eye that dazzles looking at you. Best regards and thanks for sharing. Jusni

Hola José Miguel.
Preciosos colores los de este loro.
Una gran aproximación y acertado encuadre.
Hasta luego, Jl.

Hola Jose,

Great colors and note.
Wonderful pose and details.
The vey beautiful saturated colors seem to pop out of my screen.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

Hello Jose
What an amazing amount of colours you had to deal with here!!
Your focus on the eye and bill are outstanding..I love the tones of the blues and whites in his head...Superb work.
My best Regards

Hi Jose,
A perfect close-up at this colorful Rainbow Lorikeet. POV and composition are great. Colors are rich and well seen. Very pleasant picture. Looks like the bird is smiling at you.

Hello Jose, Fine portrait of this parrot. The colors are incredible, good details, and pleasing composition. The workshop image is wonderful and should be in the gallery also.
Tfs Richard

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-09 9:49]

Hi Jose.
Amazing close-up and fine eye-contact with curious bird. Excellent cropping too. I am impressed with great colours and excellent, precise exposure. Combination of details of the main subject and blurriness of the BG is excellent. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-09 9:52]

Hello José Miguel,
Superb close portrait of a Rainbow Lorrikeet with excellent sharpness, colours, POV and composition. We didn't get that close to one when we were in Australia a couple of years ago though we saw many and took some shots that were not as good as this.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

The POV and pose makes the shot great Jose.
Interesting close composition, and the color and detail at the head look fantastic :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-09 10:25]

Hi jose
Excellent portrait.éSharp image with nice detail and great color.I also like the ooF Bg .
TFS Michel

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-09 11:01]

Ola Jose Miguel
Linda foto de otima qualidade, as cores do passaros são muito atraente, a ntidez ficou muito boa e a luminosidade no ponto certo.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-09 12:02]

Hi Jose

Wonderful shot of the colourful Lorikeet,
nicely composed with a great POV and I like the pose with the bird looking right at the camera.
The colours are lovely and bright and perfectly saturated.
Great details too.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-09 12:10]

Hi Jose Miguel
very nice colors and composition
very good sharp
well done.

Hola Jose Miguel,
Como esta usted!
Delighted to see you beautiful posting once again with such fine closeup and details on the Lorikeet!
good pose of it in vibrant colour and sharpness
well done
muchas gracias
Saludos su familia
amigo Tony

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-09 13:11]

Hi Jose Miguel, this is a very excellent close portrait of this Lorikeet. The detail and that colour you've pulled from the plumage and that eye is absolutely incredible. This is the first macro of a bird I've seen. This guy is bigger than live. Excellent shot!

Thanks, enjoyed! John

Magnificent image of this colourful bird!
The plumage is so beautiful!
I really like the pose and the quirky look on his face :-)
Brilliant POV too.
Very good DOF and focusing.
Very slightly un-sharp and lacks a bit of "punch" so I did a workshop... I hope you don't mind!
Great image anyhow.
Well done Jose Miguel!!


Spettacolare ritratto, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima composizione con effetto tridimensionale, ottimi i dettagli, fantastici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

I should name you Mr Rainbow of the colour spectrum....or maybe teh bird, but the combination of your eye/camera and image combined with the natural aspects are superior! No picture can do justice to such a creature but if one has to try, then you did it very well!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-09 19:29]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Muy hermosa y coloroda foto! verdaderamente parece un arco iris de mil colores. Bellos ojos y pa pose estupenda. Muy bella Jose Miguel.
Saludos Y recibe un fuerte abrazo.

Hi dear Jose ,
Very nice macro with lovely colours.
well done,
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

my best wishes

Hello Jose,
What a colourful bird! Nice capture with good details and excellent POV. I especially liked the pose and the expression captured.Good composition and well saturated colours.The WS showing the bird n full is also excellent. Thanks for the share,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-10 2:37]

Hola José Miguel,
Colors are beautiful! POV, pose you captured,and eye contact look very nice.
Gracias y saludos amigo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-10 3:12]

Hello Jose Miguel,
colorful friend you got there. The composition looks great, nice 3D look to it. Excellent POV and the colors are fabulous.
Very well done.

Hi Jose, superb portrait with fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

I've never ever seen something so colourful in my life... Jose...
Very well done!

eye catching colours, you can't lose which such a colorful subject, nicely framed

Hi Jose
Wonderful color and superb detail
tfs jon

Hi Jose, A beautiful sharp and close-up of this rainbow lorikeet, one of the well-loved local parrots. Very good presentation. TFS. Murray.
PS Hope you enjoyed your visit to Sydney.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-10 10:02]

Hello Jose,
I hope you'll have a lovely time in Australia - there is so much to see as regards wildlife and all so different! This is certainly a striking bird when you first arrive there, rather noisy though!:-) Very fine close-up of this one watching you with its bright red eye! Excellent sharpness and natural colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2008-04-10 12:20]

Hola José Muguel,
Bellisimo lorito, tan colorido y llamativo.
Está posando para la máquina, con esos ojitos curiosos. Interesante nota explicativa.

Saludos cordiales,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-10 18:15]

Hello Jose,
Vivid colors abound in this great portrait image. Nice details and depth of field. Thanks for sharing Jose.

Hi friend,
Can I be honest? It seems that the picture in WS (yours) works better to me as details, composition, colors and environment are just great! I can tell the same about this picture except as it for details. I think that your lovely model might have moved a bit during the shot which is not an easy pic to catch at 1/125 sec... I do appreciate this splash of colors a lot though in a country where we barely have a glimpse of spring :) Thanks a lot for sharing those nice and joyful pictures! Greetings from Quebec :)

Hola Jose Miguel, bien capatada esa expresión del loro, buena luz y color. Un saludo

You have isolated this extremely colourful Lorikeet from the busy BG with deft use of your camera settings, JM.
The close-up of the bird's upper body and head is sharp, crisp and beautiful.
Great image from your trip to Australia.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

hello Jose

lovely close-up and portrait shot of this Rainbow Lorikeet,
fine POV and DOF, lovely multicolours of the bird,
great sharpness and details of the plumage,
it is his eye-contact with you that i love most, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-11 6:56]

Hi Jose',all the colours of the world! I think that your pic was perfect for a Benetton's advertising..ehehhe..very very nice,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Jose colours really stand out here very beautifull image indeed nice eye contact and good closeup. tfs rgds Necip

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-12 14:48]

Hola José Miguel:
Bello loro el que nos muestras, con un colorido espectacular. Tanto el corte como el pájaro completo son dos bellas imágenes con excelente composición, definición, luz y gran impacto visual.
Gracias por mostrarnos este bello ejemplar.
José Miguel

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-14 1:58]

hello Jose
good eye contact and good capture of this colourful and cute bird
i like POV, colours, details and informative note

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-18 21:09]

Hello Jose

A rainbow of vibrant colours too.
As usual,spot on focus with exceptional clarity.
The eye detail is wonderful.
Excellent plumage detail and colours.
Well exposed with lovely colour saturation.
Great job.


Hola Jose Miguel.

En esta ave has captado casi todos los colores como si de un arco iris se tratara.
Es muy curiosa y no te quitaba el ojo de encima.

Jose Luis.

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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 12:34]

Hola Jose Miguel
¡Qué preciosidad de lorito has retratado aquí! ¡Qué riqueza de colores, y qué graciosa pose le pillaste! El contacto visual resulta encantador. Un retrato precioso y genial en todos los aspectos. Me encantan el encuadre y la composición.
Muchas gracias por compartir esta belleza.
Un cordial saludo

WOW, I nearly jumped back when I saw this because it seems to want to poke his head through my screen. The colors are beyond vibrant, excellent clarity, and the composition is - whamo - you nailed it, kid! Love the texture, the details on the face, and the exposure.

Hallo Jose
This is a super shot of a beautiful bird. The glossy effect on the green part of the plumage is very fascinating and interesting. I have seen many of these birds before, but this one is an absolute eye-catcher. I like the different colours, forming stripes on the plumage. The red circle around the eye place the cherry on the cake and rounds of this beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. A beautiful portrait. Framing and presentation are excellent.
Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-27 11:46]

Hola José Miguel,
cuanto tiempo sin ver tus trabajos,
preciosa captura y colorido extramo,
me gusta el WS,
muchos saludos
cuando gustes puedes visitar, Mi web site: www.victorcardoso.es.

Hello Jose Miguel,

WOW!!! What an amazing and colorful Lorikeet!!! Nature will never stop to impress me! You got a great PoV and managed perfectly the exposition. I think more sharpness can be added to the feathers and it is why I like Joey workshop!

One question: why have you used AI Servo AF instead of One shot or AI Focus? I'm using AI Servo AF only for birds in flight.

One day I hope I will have the chance to visit that great country which is Australia! So open great your eyes for me also ;-)

Bye and have a nice and enjoyable trip, lucky you ;-)))



Hola José Miguel,
Hacía tiempo no pasaba por tu galería, la calidad sigue siendo excelente, sabes encontrar bellos modelos y fotografiarlos con gran maestría, gracias por compartir estas joyas, saludos
José Ramón

Hello JM,

What a colourful little fellow!
Attractive pose and the glimpse in the eye tell me this is a bird with a sense of humour, hehehe...
Well framed with good details!

Pablo -

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-08-13 12:09]

En voilà un qui ne passe pas inapeçu.
Bonne journée.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-31 0:13]

Hello Jose,
the 102 points is the comment that need no further words. Such a stunning piece of work with spectrum of colours.
Real amazing.


Jose, beautiful job. Outstanding work. Thanks for commenting on my hummingbird. Have a great weekend. Bill

Check out my photo website:

Very nice capture of this colorful psitticine, each and every color draws the viewer into enjoying this wonderful capture of this amazing looking bird. Well done.
Paul :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-15 21:38]

Hi Jose,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet with such amazing colours and sharp details on its plumage. Great pose captured and that eye looks so expressive. Superb image. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Olá Jose

Uma foto que enche os olhos de cores e alegria...olhar cativante e curioso, belo trabalho, amei.
Grande abraço,

Hola José Miguel,
LA foto tiene una composición y clorido alucinante, me gusta mucho. Pero creo que el diafragma y la velocidad baja afectaron un poco a la nitidez. A mi hija le encantó, tenemos una cotorrita que rescaté hace dos meses en el campo pero con pocos colores a comparación; ella es ahora una fanática de los loros

Hello Jose,

This is an amazing-looking bird, colorful beyond belief. A fine portrait of it, nicely done!


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