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NZ Tui

NZ Tui
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 20:14
Viewed: 6451
Points: 18
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The flax flowers are out and so are our beautiful Tui. The orange on the head is pollen from the flowers. thanks for looking.

The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.

The name Tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the species' formal common name. The plural is simply 'Tui', following Māori usage. The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in religious attire.

On closer inspection it can be seen—and from the photo—that Tui have faded browner patches on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.

Info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tui_(bird)


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 08:27 a.m.
Date: 14th November 2009
Weather conditions: Sunny
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 340mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 400
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
Excellent capture of the Tui. The range of color on the bird and blooms is extraordinary. Nice soft BG.

Hello Pam,
long time since I saw you, I have missed you, welcome back.
I hope you are doing well.
This is a very fine picture of a beautiful bird, the colours and pattern in the plumage are amazing.
Well composed with a good POV.
Well done, old friend.

Best Regards.

Great capture.
.. and isn't it just a STUNNING bird. Wow.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-16 1:05]

Hello Pam,
Great to see you back after such a long time. Wonderful close photo in beautiful colours and excellent sharpness and details. Fantastic POV, composition and OOF BG.

Hi Pam,
nice to have you here again. Your shot is wonderful, this bird is special and very pretty. Interesting feathers around the neck.
And the yellow part in the face.
A fantastic bird, thanks for sharing it with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2009-11-17 18:54]

Hey there Ms Pam
Great shot, love the pollen on the head

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 2:12]
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Hi Pam

Mmmm, I think it might have been too long since I came around to your excellent
and exhaustive portfolio, but then again both of us were rather sporadic on the site
for quite some time. It is great to see one of your superb postings once again. The
lovely little Tui & the Flax almost seem to be synonymous. Somebody just better tell
this bird that it is supposed to appear all black (chuckle). It is ok if he doesn't know it
though as it probably won't bother him then. So, let's leave the All Blacks to be all
black and the rest of NZ may don whatever colours they fancy. You did an excellent
job to show us this bird in its amazing technicolour dream coat.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Pam

Great portrait of this beautiful NZ native. Excellent sharpness and details, great DOF, compoistion and OOF background.


Gorgeous composition, focus is excellent, interesting looking bird, colourful too.

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