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Blue Dacnis

Blue Dacnis
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-04 7:07
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Another photo from my Brazil archive. This is a male Blue Dacnis. This photo is also photographed in the wild.

The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is a resident breeder from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

Normally it lives in the high forest canopy and forest edges on various heights. It also occurs in forests and other woodlands. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is brown-blotched white two eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.

The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. It has a relatively short bill compared to other honeycreepers. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black forehead, throat and back. The wings and tail are black edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.

These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnis’s call is a fruit thin tsip or tsri.

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A VERY blue species but a blue of which I am not as familiar. And since colours are directly related to wavelengths...I suspect there is more to this image than meets the eye....Very well captured...It is a rare one for me at least..

Hi Peter,

What interesting bird, a incredible blue-tuquoise. A perfect composition with this branch and this BG. Worked well. Bravo.

All the best, Cezar T.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-04 8:00]

Hello Peter,

Your bird has very fine colors. The blue is mesmerazing. Image is good showing well the pattern of the plumage.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-04 8:13]

Ha Peter,

Wederom een zeer kleurrije vogel uit zuid america,schitteren dat hij speciaal even uit de canopy naar beneden daalde om hem om de plaat vast te leggen,prachtig,ik geloof dat ik deze nog niet eerder op TN gezien hebt,


Hello Peter,
what a beautiful colourful bird taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness and lighting, i like the marvellous pose of the bird on the branch against a very good blurred BG, very well composed.
Best regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-04 8:57]

preciosa captura amigo,
hermosa ave y excelente pose y pov.
atractiva ave,
saludos Peter.

Hi Peter,
What a beautiful bird. Very well composed with sharp details. Very good capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi MF Peter, an excellent capture of this beautifully coloured and cute male Blue Dacnis -which is novelty for me- with lovely pose and wonderful clarity.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Peter,
this is a superb capture of a beautiful bird.
tHe colors are beautiful
The Out of focus BG is superb. Well done

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-03-04 9:37]

Hello Peter,
It has got wonderful colours...what interesting a bird, well capture and see
Best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-04 9:43]

Hola Peter.
Great blue and black colours on this fine bird.
Excellent note to. One more great photo to Your gallery.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-04 10:15]

Hoi Peter,
Wat een prachtig blauw vogeltje, ongelooflijk. Heel apart.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-04 10:20]

Hi Peter. What fantastic colours this bird has with its bright blue feathers. A good side POV and DOF. It stands out from the plain coloured BG. well done TFS. With interesting notes.

I have never seen one of these bright, iridescent blue birds. Beautiful... and well composed with great detail. TFS Peter... :)


Hola Peter,
Magnífica captura de este precioso pájaro, armoniosa composición con una luz y colores muy bellos, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-04 10:53]

Hello Peter,
Suberb example of a portrait with a good amount of details in the feathers and a diffused BG,composition is very nice balanced.
TFS.Best regards Siggi

hallo peter
super foto
wat een kleuren, te gek!!
mooie scherpe opname
groeten lou

amazing flying jewel, TFS Ori

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-04 11:42]

Hello Peter!

Another picture with fantastic colours today. This mix of cyan and black looks superb. Clear and simply composition, interesting subject. I like it!

Ciao Peter, splendid bird with fantastic cosors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-04 13:11]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.I liked colors of bird,BG and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-04 13:56]

Hello Peter !
Wow, this is such an amzing picture ! I really like the colors of the bird, it makes a nice contrast with the warm colors of the blurred BG. I also like the composition, the pose of the bird, the POV. Really fantastic. Very well done !

Hello Peter, great shot of this beautiful Dacnis with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings,

Hello Peter, a fine shot of a colourful bird with excellent details and nice posture.
TFS and regards, Deniz

hello Peter

excellent photography of this South American bird,
fine POV and framing, superb focus on the bird
with excellent sharpness and details of its plumage
and a all blurred background, the catch-light
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hallo Peter,

Dit is een mooie plaat van deze Tangara als ik het goed heb.
Heb ze 30 jaar geleden ook gehouden.
Prachtig van kleur met een mooie dof en achtergrond.

groet Gert

What a clear and unobstructed shot of this beautiful bird from Brazil, Peter!
The subject is in perfect focus and stands out sharply against the plain brown BG.
This is a gem of a picture and thanks for sharing it.

Hello Peter,
Superb capture of this beauty with stunning colours

Great notes too.
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-05 18:15]

Incredibly beautiful bird Peter,
Excellent exposure, detail, color and composition!!!
Love the OOF BG with good DOF. Well done!! Great notes!


What a beautiful bird. A nice catch with good lighting, exposure and focus. The light in the eye makes it even better. The blurred BG helps the picture as well.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-07 6:59]

Hello Peter,
A fine portrait of a male Blue Dacnis taken from an ideal POV with good sharpness against a fine neutral BG. I wish I could have taken as fine capture as this when I saw it in Trinidad 13 yrs ago.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Peter,
Marvelous bird, very well presented. The colours are splendid. TFS,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-09 0:10]

Hi Peter,
this is really a wow. Excellent colours against a contrasting blurry background. Well taken in a pleasant surprise for the bird, and a good third in its rule.
Beautifully taken with excellent lighting and well presented - shining and glowing .


wow , wonderful capture with very beautiful colours , well saturated , perfect sharp and fine details ,
well done !

Hello Peter,
very beautiful image, amazing colors, great composition and BG. I like it.

Best regards, Leonid

Beautiful color on this species Peter! Light and dark are balanced nicely here! DOF and lighting are good!

hi peter
peu etre un leger manque de piqué mais j'adore la couleur dominate de l'oiseau sur le BG parfaitement flou.
tres bon POV.
bien joué.

Una delicia para los sentidos, lástima del justo enfoque, pero ya se sabe, hay que aprovechar cuando se tiene la ocasión.

Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Amazing colors, Peter! I´ve never seen this bird before. It is gorgeous! Great focus and framing. Congratulations and TFS.


Simplesmente perfeita... Mais uma vez você conseguiu uma ótima luz, e cores fantásticas... Parabéns!!!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-06-23 10:48]

Merhaba Peter!
Oldukça zengin olan koleksiyonunuzu kısmen inceledim. Bu kuş çok ilginç geldi bana. Renkleri gerçekten muhteşem. Şimdiye kadar hiç görmediğim bu güzel kuşu bizimle paylaştığın için çok teşekkürler.


A beautiful little bird here...this Blue Dacnis...just wonderfully captured by you. The vivid turquoise blue with black highlights is just a stunning combination. Very nicely done here by you.

Hello Peter.
The isolation of this blue bird is amazing contrasting well against the silenced brown background. Fine exposure and the details are amazing.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2012-11-26 8:08]

Gostei da foto, ótima. Meus parabéns.

I liked the photo, great. My congratulations.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Excellent picture.Great timing,pose,sharpness and POV.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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