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White Tailed Trogon

White Tailed Trogon
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 7:31
Viewed: 4829
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent vacation to Costa Rica

for Luis Vargas (Chiza) and his beautiful cauntry

Done from a trail near Hilton Hotel Papagayo

I didnít expect to be so difficult to take decent shots of birds in Costa Rica but it really is.
Most of the birds and other animals were high up in the trees or in the deep shade of the dense tropical forest. I was forced to take most of my pictures on very high ISO and the quality of them is not so grate, but the subjects were very interesting and I think it worth posting some of them.

White-tailed Trogon (Trogon viridis)
(aka Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Green-backed Trogon)
The White-tailed Trogon is found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. (Ridgely & Greenfield treat the subspecies T.v. chionurus found from Panama and the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador as a separate species which they call Western White-tailed Trogon. This is on the basis of plumage differences, especially all white undertails, and different voices.) There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil.

It inhabits a variety of forest and woodland habitats where it feeds on fruits, berries and insects.

They usually excavate a nest hole out of a termite nest in a tree.

Trogon species can be very similar but the main features to remember for the male White-tailed Trogon are its almost white tail, its yellow belly and its violet breast and hood with no white line between belly and breast. Also look for the colour of the eye-ring which is light blue. Its back is green and the wings are black with thin white lines.
The female is grey rather than green and violet and has more black on the tail but still has the yellow belly and the pale blue eye-ring.

nagraj, JoseMiguel, pekkavalo1, ferranjlloret, pilonm has marked this note useful
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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-17 8:16]

Hi Mario,
Very beautiful bird and pretty good image. Decent composition with fine green foliage as background and good colors. The bird amazingly colorful. tfs.

Hi Mario,
Wow!good close-up at color fantastic beautiful bird. I never see befor
thanks for the great picture and good details .

Hi Mario,

Very good image. Amazing colurs and details. Thanks for sharing

HI Mario,
this bird is very pretty, I love his yellow body with the blue/black wings. A wonderful shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-17 10:39]

Hello Mario,
Superb photo of this beautiful Trogon. It really stands out against the OOF BG. Great sharpness, details, colours, POV and composition.

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture of this W. T. Trogon.
You managed to get this good POV, despite all the issues you mention in the notes.
Beautiful colours and plenty of details on the plumage.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture of this White-tailed Trogon; great pose and composition, sharp fine details, great natural colours.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-12-17 15:40]

Hello Mario
Nice capture of this bird, awesome colors and details.
Good job

Hello Mario

A very interesting and exotic looking bird.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
The plumage colours are excellent.
The eye ring really gives this bird a distinctive look.
Very good POV and DOF.


Hello Mario

Interesting species, great composition and very good POV
Regards. Ferran

hello Mario
thank for looking
i feel i am back in costa rica
thanks for showing this bird
very nice collors
greeting lou

Hello mario,
Nice capture,
excellent sharpness, beautiful vivid colors, good
clarity and very nice catchlight.

Hello Mario,

You did very well to post this nice picture on TN. I like very much the composition you did and the POV is excellent! Even at high ISO, the noise is not visible. Nice pic with those difficult conditions!!!



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