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Rajah Brooke's Birdwing

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-02 19:24
Viewed: 4954
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana) is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of Borneo and the Malaysian Peninsula. The butterfly was named by the naturalist Alfred R. Wallace in 1855, after James of Sarawak, the Rajah of Sarawak.

The wings of the male butterflies are black and each forewing has seven teeth-shaped electric-green markings (the smaller hindwings are also black with green markings). The head is bright red and the body is black with red markings. The wings of the female butterflies are browner with prominent white flashes at the tips of the forewings and at the base of the hindwings. The larval host plant is Aristolochia foveolata. Adults sip fruit juices and flower nectar. Classification: Family Papillonidae, Subfamily Papilloninae.

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing is a protected species, listed under Appendix II of CITES

The butterfly is the national butterfly of Malaysia.

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Hi Foozi,
A nice capture of this beautiful Rajah Bird wing. Beautifully composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Foozi,

Good capture of this winged beauty, note was very brief, interesting and quick to understand...

thanks for posting

This is a mighty impressive species of large sized butterflies, Foozi.
The image of this flawless specimen is sharp and colourful and shows the details on the wings very clearly.
I wonder what the surface on which the butterfly sits is.
Your note give ample information on this Birdwing.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-02 22:11]

Hello Foozi,
An excellent portrait of T. brookiana, a species that I have only seen in butterfly farms. To catch it in the wild like this has been an unfulfilled wish of mine.
As a compensation I can look at this superb, well composed and sharp image standing out so well against the stone that it is resting on.
Well done and thanks!
Best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-02 22:35]

great butterfly well captured with good colors and clarity. its very clear against the background, what looks like a rock or is it wall. tfs.

hi Foozi
very good opposition in the scene,the colors of butterfly is very good,
perfect photo

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-02 22:48]

Hello Foozi
All I can say is wonderful, I like vivid colors and excellent details.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-02 23:30]

I like this composition with excellent colors.
POV and DOF are very nice.

Hi Foozi,
What a wingspan!
I don't think I've ever seen a butterfly quite this shape before.
what an amazing colour scheme too!
A real treasure.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Foozi
Beautiful butterfly. Nice POV, almost perfect sharpness. I regret the it is siting on the wall not on the flowers but it was his choice ;-)

Nice image of this beautiful butterfly. Takes me back to my childhood when we would see them quite often on our regular Sunday afternoon picnics in the jungle.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-05-03 8:20]

Hi Foozi,
What a beautiful specimen of this Rajah Birdwing.
You caught him in all his splendor.
Perfectly symmetrical pose, beautiful light bringing out the irridescent greens, great details well seen against the clean BG.
TFS ; )

Ciao Foozi, fantastic butterfly with wonderful colors, great diagonal composition, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
wonderful picture of this splendid butterfly, very good sharpness and fantastic colours,
very pleasant contrast of colours in a nice diagonal composition.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-03 15:11]

Hi Foozi,what say about this pic? Just that you are e genius of photography.Today the spectacle is double,for the incredible beauty of this butterfly first,and second for the best quality of your pic.My best compliments,Luciano

Hello Foozi
What a beautiful butterfly ! a really fanstastic shot, very great colors and superb sharpness the BG highlight the butterfly very well

Hey bro!
How good that you have seen and captured this lovely butterfly so early in the year! The details of its colour and patterns are sharply focussed and the composition, on a slight diagonal, is good.
Excellent DOF!

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-04 4:28]

Hello Foozi,

This is a lovely capture. Excellent focusing and good sharpness. I love the composition and POV, it's very effective. Nice lovey tones and rich colors with nice details. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-04 12:16]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent sharp detailed photo. The colours in this photo are very beautiful and clear. It stands out very well against the BG. Very pleasant composition. Nice POV.

Hello Foozi,

This is an amazing post #250 in TN, and congrats for the anniversary!
Definitely not one we have around my place, captured with pin sharp details and rich vivid colours...
Unteresting diagonal composition!

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-05 4:19]

Hello Foozi,
Again a great shot, and this time a most beautiful butterfly. I just can admire! Must be something to see this species flying around.
Great picture with perfect pose and light bachkground.
My kindest regards

Hi Foozi,

The butterfly is impressive. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Rajah Brooke's Birdwing butterfly. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-05 5:40]

Hi Foozi
This is a beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

Witaj Foozi,
Amazing butterfly. You shew him beautifully. To be visible on wings whole example. Superb sharpness and colour. Good note.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

esselamu aleikum akhi Foozi
this is amazing beautiful butterfly and its close-up wonderful. sharp focus, exposure, POV/DOF great as like diagonal composition and lighting. red part supply a great richness to nice color pair of green and black.
thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes my friend

hello Foozi!
strange and fascinating butterfly with size
uniques, the wings are of a rich graphics in which i see the green leaves of plants ... excellent details and definition...

compliments for the capture and thanks

Hi Foozi,
It's always great to see colorful tropical butterflies on such a great photo. Wonderful diagonal composition, perfect details on the insect, and also a great management of exposure. Bravo, and of course tfs.
Have a nice weekend, László

Hi Foozi,
a very conspicuous and elegant butterfly from beautiful Malaysia's lush primary tropical forests that looks as if designed for serving as a trademark. Diagonally well presentated by strict reduction to the essence. An eyecatcher - presented on today's TN frontpage. Thanks.
Best regards,

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