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Sunbird and Pink Flower

Sunbird and Pink Flower
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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: 2011-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-13 1:28
Viewed: 2268
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The sunbirds and spiderhunters are a family, Nectariniidae, of very small passerine birds. There are 132 species in 15 genera. The family is distributed throughout Africa, southern Asia and just reaches northern Australia. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, but also take insects and spiders, especially when feeding young. Flower tubes that bar access to nectar because of their shape, are simply punctured at the base near the nectaries. Fruit is also part of the diet of some species. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings.
The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution brought about by a similar nectar-feeding lifestyle.[1] Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed.
The family ranges in size from the 5-gram Black-bellied Sunbird to the Spectacled Spiderhunter, at about 45 grams. Like the hummingbirds, sunbirds are strongly sexually dimorphic, with the males usually brilliantly plumaged in iridescent colours.[2] In addition to this the tails of many species are longer in the males, and overall the males are larger. Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.[3]
The spiderhunters, of the genus Arachnothera, are distinct in appearance from the other members of the family. They are typically larger than the other sunbirds, with drab brown plumage that is the same for both sexes and long down-curved beaks.
In metabolic behaviour similar to that of Andes hummingbirds,[4] species of sunbirds that live at high altitudes or latitudes will enter torpor while roosting at night, lowering their body temperature and entering a state of low activity and responsiveness

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-13 2:24]

Hi Foozi,what a lucky opportunity! The composition is very rare and reallt beautiful,great festival of colors and perfect light balance,sharpness and details,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Lovely combination of bird and flower. Good pose and light. Both beautiful species with nice colours.
regards yiannis

Hello Foozi,
a lovely photograph, the bird is alert and very well positioned,as is the pretty pink flower.
It is always pleasing to see the environment,well done.
Super shot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-13 6:31]

Hello Foozi,
A very nice capture of a male Olive-backed Sunbird.
I like the composition with the pink flower and the POV shows his features with excellent sharpness and natural colours.
Our recent move to a new flat has restricted my activity on TN in the last weeks.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Foozi, lovely composition with nice bird and beautiful flower, wonderful light and splendid colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi ,
Great shot, nice colors, interesting light angle, nice bird with perfect textures an details. Well done!
Regards, TFS

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
A very lovely picture, wonderful composition, excellent sharpness, lighting and colours are fantastic,
Thanks for sharing and a great week,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-13 7:12]

Hello Foozi,
Two beauties in one, wonderful flower and Olive-backed Sunbird. Both in a beautiful natural ambiance. Good sharpness and composition.

Foozi this is an very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Bonjour Foozi,
Bonne composition valorisant les deux sujets dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Foozi,
very good use of light. Very good playing between light and shadows. Perfect point of view. Nice portrait,
thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-13 13:31]

Splendid composition, Foozi!
Excellent sharpness, detail and POV; beautiful light and wonderful colours. A beauty!

Hallo Foozi
If I look at this image I only see summer and hot days and lots of happiness. The sunlight in the image is beautiful and brings out the colours on both the flower and the bird to the best. Lovely composition and pleasant frame created by the leaves. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

Hello Foozi
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition and good sharpness.

Hallo Foozi,
a beautiful capture of this sunbird, good sharpness and marvellous warm colours, a very nice composition with a splendid flower and lovely posture of this cute bird
Best regards

wonderful composition, against the difficult light the colors performance is great with fine details and sharpness!
regards Foozi

Hello Foozi

beautiful environmental photo of this sunbird,
fine POV and framing, i love the warm light,
excellent focus sharpness details and contrast,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-12-21 4:14]

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful capture of a Sunbird nicely in focus below the pretty flower. This brings back memories from Singapore botanical garden!
Fine sharpness and lovely colorus and I like your framing.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Foozi,

The branches and the flower are framing well the bird. The point of vciew is showing the details and colors of the Sunbird and of the flower. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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