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Sun Bird-male

Sun Bird-male
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-11 22:33
Viewed: 5118
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple-rumped Sunbird, Leptocoma zeylonica (formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia), is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes taking insects, especially when feeding young. They can hover for short durations but usually perch to feed. They build a hanging pouch nest made up of cobwebs, lichens and plant material. Males are brightly coloured but females are olive above and yellow to buff below.
Purple-rumped Sunbirds are tiny at less than 10 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. Purple-rumped Sunbird's are sexually dimorphic. The males have a dark maroon upper side with a blue-green crown that is visible in some angles. There are violet patches on the throat and rump which are visible only in good lighting.

I took this picture yesterday, as it was sucking nectar in this flowering plant. I have used 1.4x converter, hand held shot

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For an hand held shot this is a good picture. I would have liked to see a little bit increase in sharpness, but being witness to how you shot this I think the effort is commendable.

Goutham R

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-10-11 23:35]

Hi Satish,
a smashing hit, this very expressive picture of a sunbird! And you say its a hand held shot, you must have arms of steel and nerves like ropes. Whatever you have, you used them to superb effect. The composition of the picture is highly original and a huge success, the homogenous background helps to bring the bird to center stage. My compliments, Satish.

Best regards

hello Satish
splendid composition pose and fine photo output!

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2009-10-12 0:41]

Hello Satish,
Great capture of this very beautiful bird. The colors looks fantastic. Lovely composition, BG and light.
Best wishes,

beautiful and interesting shot. thank you for sharing.

This is a great photo,interesting position of this bird.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hi Satish,
Great composition, beautiful birds and flowers. Gorgeous colors. Good sharpness.

Hi Satish,

This is real beauty, I love the way you have composed the picture, well done.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-10-12 9:55]

nice picture. colors are cool.

Hello Satish,
Very attractive composition, with nice tones and contrasts. Well done with hand held! Best regards,

Hi Satish

Good shot of this attractive sunbird, you got him in a good pose. great background. good sharpness.


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