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Vidua chalybeata

Vidua chalybeata
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-22 13:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A BROOD PARASITE: Vidua chalybeata - Çivitmavisi Dulkuşu [TR], Village Indigobird, Steelblue Widowfinch [EN] ranges in Sub-Saharan Africa widely. It lives usually near villages and its vernacular name was given after that.
This species is known with its brood parasitic behaviour. The host is Lagonosticta senegala (Red-billed Firefinch, Kırmızıgagalı Ateşispinozu). The male' song consist of mimicric sing of this Firefinch. This shot shows an adult male when singing.
The female lays 2-4 eggs into nest of the host. Unlike Cuculus canorus (Common Cuckoo, Guguk), it doesn't destroy the host's egg (wikipedia).

Thanks to Abubakr Mohammad for guiding and hospitality.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-22 19:07]

Hello Ahmet,
What a gorgeous bird you have posted today. Love the bright vivid iridescent blue colors in it's plumage. A stunning shot indeed and showing exceptional detail. Excellent eye contact and just the right amount of exposure. Superb photo!!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-09-22 22:12]

Hi Ahmet
Another beauty!
Both colors and sharpness stunning

Hallo Ahmet
This capture is uniquely beautiful. It is beautiful and the blue is absolutely striking. Excellent detail and clarity. Thanks for sharing image and interesting note. Best regards.

Wow, what a pleasure it must be to see this colourful bird and to take such a picture of it!

Merhaba Ahmet
Wonderful bird and excellent capture.Bright colours,great sharpness and a clean BG.Well done!
Thank You
Best wishes

Hello Ahmet!
What a beautiful bird; Its electric blue color is really fascinating. Great sharpness and details captured from a nice POV. DOF is superb too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bird's pic.
Best Regards,

Hello Ahmet,
Great bird, great picture!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-23 8:00]

Beautiful blue bird...fine composition and colors..interesting notes. tfs.

Hello Mr.Ahmet,
What I got in this picture is really attractive.Great colour and sharpness with attractive BG.Catching light in eye made it alive.Details are excellent.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Ahmet, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Ahmet
nice to see a picture again from you
and a BEAUTY of a picture
so good sharpness and good composition
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-23 15:18]

Hi Ahmet,magnificent capture of this very interesting specie whit very good details and bright colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Another amazing bird from Africa Ahmet! Another fantastic photo too ! The pose, the composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

unbelievable Sudanese bird, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-26 9:33]

Hello Ahmet,
What a beautiful bright colours in this Village Indigobird. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful background too. Impressive eye contract.

Hello Ahmet,
An outstanding capture with great details,clarity and colours.TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-02 3:05]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet
such a lovely bird. well portrayed with excellent colors. The exciting specie is so wonderfully detailed in a lively contrast. How i like to see the open mouthed action.


Ciao Ahmet Impressive focused eye. Magnificent colours perfect details and DOF.


Ellerinize sağlık hocam.
Çok sıcak renkler

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-02-12 16:28]

Hola Ahmet, hermosa especie y una excelente foto, me gusta el color, el entorno y el fondo de la toma...saludos.

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