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Copyright: Edgar Alejandro Guzman Jurado (alejandroguzman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 92] (452)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Toucans, Animal Portraits II, Birds of World, Birds of South America, !Masks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-22 16:32
Viewed: 9400
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Toucans get their name from ‘tucano’ given to them by the Tupi Indians of Brazil. The largest species, the toco toucan, is about 25 inches (64 cm) long. the smallest toucan is the aracar toucanet which is only about 14 inches (36 cm) long.
Toco toucans, Ramphastos toco, have the largest bill of any toucan. The toco toucan is mainly black, with white on the throat and upper breast. The bill is orange crimson, fading to greenish yellow. There's a large black oval blotch near the tip of bill, and a narrow black line at the base. The most prominent feature of toucans are their bills, which are much lighter in weight than they appear. These large, boldly colored bills give them a distinctly out-of-balance appearance. A thin horny outer sheath encloses a hollow which is crisscrossed by many thin, bony, supporting rods. It has serrated edges which help to tear off pieces of larger fruits. Within the bill, the tongue is bristly and narrow, resembling a feather. It reaches to the tip of the bill.
The toucan's large bill enables it to perch inside the crown of a tree, where branches are thicker, and reach far outwards to pluck berries or seed from twigs too thin to bear their weight. Seized in the tip of the bill, food is thrown back into the throat by an upward toss of the head.
The varied patterns of toucans' bills may help these birds to recognize each other or attract a mate.

Toucans are found in tropical and subtropical forests in South America;, mainly in Brazil, Paraguay Argentina, and Bolivia. There are about 40 different species of toucans.

Toucans are moderately gregarious and fly in straggling flocks, one after another, rather than in compact bands, like parrots. They prefer to remain high in trees, where they hop from branch to branch. They bathe in pools of rain water in hollows high in trunks and limbs. They offer food to their companions and, perching well apart, preen them with the tips of long bills.
Toucans are playful birds and often engage in various games.

Their diet consists mainly of fruit but includes insects, an occasional lizard, eggs and nestlings of smaller birds.

Toucans nest in holes in trees. The nest chamber is never lined, but the 2-4 white eggs rest upon a few chips at the bottom, or upon a pebbly bed of regurgitated seeds of various sizes.
Parents share incubation and are, for birds of their size, impatient sitters, rarely remaining at their task for more than an hour and often leaving their eggs uncovered.

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To jmp: gracias !alejandroguzman 1 02-15 02:51
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Well done close-up, good colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Alejandro,
Amazing detail and colors in this ultra closeup! A unique portrait with the very tight crop. I like it!

Hola Alejandro,
Veo que has vuelto a TN, y lo has hecho muy bien con este precioso primer plano del ojo del tucán; es magnífico, buenos colores y detalles.
Excelente nota

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-02-22 21:23]

hola querido ale, lindos ojos. no me gusta el fondo. pero el tucan salio muy bien con buenos colores y defincion. un abrazo, gabriel

Nice shot. Wonderful color and interesting crop. Eleana's workshop did reduce the noise. I think hers may be a little over sharpened as it lost some of the lovely softness of the white feathers that are in your original. Yours makes me want to touch or blow on those lovely soft feathers. : )

Very nice shot. Lovely light and depth of colour. Well composed with sharp details. Good work. TFS.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-23 5:01]

Hi Alejandro, great closeup with brilliant colours and detail. TFS.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2006-02-23 5:56]
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Excellent picture. Great composition and details. Great colours as well.

Thanx for sharing

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-23 6:53]

Bonjour Alejandro,
Tout simplement superbe ! Jolies couleurs, belle composition, netteté sans reproche. C'est très beau. Merci.

Very colorful shot. Well composed. Excellent details and sharpness.

cette photo est tres belle mais le WS d'eleana etait utile.

When I saw the thumpnail, I thought wow what a sharp picture, Now I see the larger version, and honestly, I am a bit disapointed. It looks noisy, it is not as sharp as expected, and the colors are not as bright as expected. Maybe I am just expecting too much. Anyway, I do like the composition.

This picture is stunning! Colors are great, focus is very good, excellent sharpness and very good composition. Nice frame. Regards, Yvonne

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-23 17:46]

Hello Alejandro, this is a very interesing crop. The colours are good too. Wsa this a large crop? I ask as you seem to have lost a little detail in the plumage.

Very well done.

this is a not bad pelican, me i say,

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-01 2:30]

Hola AMIGO Alejandro.
Que gustazo de leerte por aca, ya se te extrañaba,tu foto es espectacular,preciosos colores,lindos detalles y es que el Tucan es generoso en todos los aspectos,una muy linda foto.

Espero mas fotos asi como consejos tus criticas y comentarios..no te pierdas por tanto tiempo.

Saludos desde MEXICO......RICARDO.

OH I love this! what a cute shot! TFS
Donna :o)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-09-07 20:42]

What a great idea to take this kind of close up!
Colours look beautiful.
Good capture and thanks for your note also.

Greetings, Nel

Hola Alejandro!
Que bueno el crop que hiciste con esta foto!
Funciona muy bien como elemento elemento grafico, el contraste de los colores es muy poderoso y dinamico.
Felicitaciones y saludos,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-14 15:15]
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Hola Alejandro,
Bellísimos colores e impresionante corte de la cara de este exótico pájaro. Me encanta la riqueza del colorido y la nitidez de la foto.
Un saludo desde España,
José Miguel

Saw the thumbnail and loved it at once! What a great close-up. Most of the time I don't like heavy framing but here it works well. The colours are just great and the title matches the picture very well.
Thanks so much for sharing. Regards, Britta

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