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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-24 10:56
Viewed: 5104
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis Nectariniidae ,, small, nectrarivorous & insectivorous birds with thin, mostly decurved bills. They are fond of spiders, Paul and Gerhard, and Howard, those small ones are dessert. Some also use the spider’s webs as nest building material. These birds are generally sexually dimorphic, the M having iridescent plumage and sometimes elongated central tail feathers. No relation to the hummingbirds, sunbirds do not habitually hover like hummers. Back to Mr Red-chest – the M is black, with a scarlet chest, which is diagnostic. There is some green below the chin and on the head, but the lighting must be perfect, wish was not so here. A common resident to the north of our region. The flower is the same Coral tree posted earlier!

Venue – Kruger National Park – Numbi Gate
Date 27 September 2004
Time 09h18
ISO 250 & -0,7 EV
Nikon D70
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.5 APO OS
Focal length - 400 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/500 @ F9
Flash – none
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Bit of cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; some USM; reduced to Site size.

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  • Good 
  • Darren Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 50] (245)
  • [2004-10-24 11:04]
  • [3]

Hi Callie. another very nice avian shot from you. Seems you are lucky, near Taipei, I would almost never get such a nice blue sky to shoot against. The colors and exposure here are great, but it does appear a little soft to me. It is very close, but the eye of the bird just seems slightly off. Maybe your camera caught the flower instead of the head in its AF? Anyways, this is very good, but maybe not as good as I am used to from you.

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-10-24 12:25]

Brilliant. Good colours and composition.
Well Done

  • Great 
  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-24 12:37]
  • [3]

Callie jou doring! This is breathtakingly beautifull, yah, the vivid colors as well as the placement of your subject..amazing!

encore une suberbe photo d'oiseau de ta part !
j'aime beaucoup la prise en contre plongée qui donne vraiment un aire majestueu a l'oiseau. la photo semble un peu moin nette que tes precedentes, mais cela reste tres agreable a regarder, surtout avec des couleurs aussi vives.
merci ;)

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-24 15:30]
  • [2]

Dont laugh, but I have never even seen one of these! The composition is great and I like the capture.


  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-24 17:30]

Nice one.
Excellent composition and colours.
A little soft as mentioned but I love it.
A good capture,well done.

A nice flower and a nice bird. This is a nice composition Callie. It may be soft as they say but stil a great catch.

Beautiful composition, I dont know what makes me more fascinated, the bird or the flower. The quality is not your best but is very good considering the 400 mm FL. Thats what happens when you get us used to good quality, you get my critics :D
Thanks for your contribution to TN.

Callie, Your shot is alive with vibrant color against a beautiful blue sky. I find the birds coloration with the red chest & blue marking fits into the shot against this blue sky in a very unique way. Regardless of the afore-mentioned softness, this photo has great impact. I like it!!

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-25 4:37]
  • [3]

Beautiful bird, the colours and composition are excellent. I do agree with Darren that the focus on the bird is a little soft. However, it's a good capture. Well done Callie.

Points tomorrow

Another nmasterpiece! Lovely vibrant colours.

Very nicely viewed against the clear blue sky, good one Callie.

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-25 6:19]

I like the composition. Ilike the colours, the contrast between. But, it not so sharp, some blur is present. Anyone, is a lovely bird.

ziet er heel zonnig uit :o)
very nice colours good contrast and nice match with the red flower and red on the bird.maybe the bird could be a little sharper. but its not that easy to photograph them.but the colours are marvelous!
good shot!

What a great harmony in point of colors,here,RED,amazing happening,...very well freezed in this great frame,nicely composed and very beautiful,it's full of visual attraction,thanks,Callie.

Beautiful colours, stunning capture! Just a little soft though, nevertheless a pleasing image!

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