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Goodbye Creaky Knee!!!

Goodbye Creaky Knee!!!
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 55-200mm EF f/4.5-5.6 II USM, UV 52mm Marumi
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds / Aves, Parrot Paradise, Parrot&Macaw, Different Birds, A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, 80-89 Points I, Intimate Portraits, Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, My Dedications ;o) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-13 23:53
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Orange-winged Amazon parrot - Amazona amazonica

This will be my last posting for the next ±2 weeks and I dedicate it to all my wonderful friends at TN. You are a great bunch of people and I will sorely miss you while I won't be able to spend time on the site. The moment has arrived for me to enter into clinic where I will undergo a knee replacement operation. As I move into an uncertain period and territory, the knowledge that a lot of people will be thinking of me and carry me in their prayers sure is a great comforter. For those of you who have already send me words of encouragement and cheer I say thanks.

I don't want to single out any names as the list will invariably be too long, but for borrowing the title of this posting I want to thank ManYee and with that share a little poem she send to me

When things get tough,
Don't just get gruff.
Think of the big blue sky
and the wee little butterfly

It will be nice to chase after those butterflies and dragonflies with at least one good knee after this operation.

This Orange-winged Amazon parrot was photographed while it was sitting on top of the backrest of one of the chairs at the Cafeteria in the Umgeni River Bird Park in Durban. It was free flying and basically had the freedom of the park, but it was a very willing model and gave me ample time to shoot it from all angles.


It has a generally pale bill with a darker tip. Its yellow crown patch and yellow cheeks are separated by pale blue lore’s. The rest is mainly green apart from the orange speculum that can best be seen in flight. Sexes are alike.

Usually they fly in pairs and especially at sunset they are seen in large groups flying to a roost. A group of hundreds of birds is no rarity.

It is a resident breeding bird in tropical South America distributed throughout the Amazon and Orinoco Basins, from Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago south to Peru and into central and north-eastern Brazil.

Amazona amazonica tobagensis, found only on Trinidad and Tobago, is a subspecies which is larger then the nominate form, and has more orange in the wing.

Found in a wide variety of habitats provided there are tall trees nearby.

It feeds on fruits and seeds including cultivated crops such as mangoes, oranges, and sometimes cocoa.

About 33cm long and weighs 340g.

Breeding is done in the beginning of the year, high up in hollow trees. They lay three to five white eggs in a tree cavity, which are incubated by the female for 3 weeks, with a further two months to fledging.

They are noisy birds and make loud, high-pitched screams.

Although the global population size has not been quantified, it is believed to be 'abundant' and the species is evaluated as Least Concern. Population appear to be stable and does not approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). Although common, it is persecuted as an agricultural pest and by capture for the pet trade. Source.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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Excellent colours here Loot.
Soft lighting and good composition. I like the detail of his feathers. He has such an intelligent eye. It's nice to hear they are not on the endangered list.

I hope all goes well with your knee operation Loot, so you'll be out and about very quickly....best wishes Janice

what a wonderful portrait, loot! :-)
such a beautiful near and clear composition of green, blue and yellow.
excellent lighting through the flash and amazing details - the green feathers look more like hair than like feathers.
terrific contact with the red-bordered eye, he is keeping on you and your knee.
i hope everything goes well with your knee, we will anxiously wait for your return.
take care & get well soon, thorsten.

Hello Loot,
Great portrait of this fine fellow!
For some reason I have a feeling you made him smile, at least he looks like happy to have his picture taken...
Great clarity in colours, DOF spot on and very fine details... Feather coat is amazing!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-14 3:08]

Now that is a cheerful fellow, Loot.
What can I say? He is just gorgeous. : )
The POV and the exposure are absolutely perfect.
A spectacular display of beautiful colors.
The details are stunningly sharp.

Well hurry up and come back soon.
We are all thinking of you.
Bon courage, my vriend. : )

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-14 4:10]

Hi Loot,

A wonderfull capture of this colorfull parrot,no nits on this one,hope everything will work out in hospital with your knee operation and that you will be better soon,we will miss your words in the coming days,hope too see your back soon on TN,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-14 4:37]

Oh, goodbye cruel world,
I'm off to join the circus,
Gonna be a broken-hearted clown. . .

Sorry Loot, your title had me singing this. The knee-replacement is a very popular operation, and many, many people have it and are completely thrilled with the result. So you go off to hospital, be a good patient, do what the Drs and nurses tell you to do, and in a few week's time you'll be back here checking up on us.
Take care my friend. Yes I will pray for you, and for a speedy recovery.
Best regards

Hi Loot

Short on time tonight. Have an ealy start tomorrow morning, 0400 out of bed to catch a plane. Two weeks holiday, here we come! Lovely quality shot. :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-14 6:37]

Hi Loot
great shot. Excellent colours, light, sharpnes, details, BG, DOF and POV.
Well done my friend


Hello Loot, Wonderful, colors and details, I like the POV and framing alot, great Job, TFs kyle

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-07-14 7:16]
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Extremely good Sharpness and detail shown in your portrait. There is an amazing wealth of colour in the pic too. The Lighting, Composition, OOF BG and detail shown make a wonderful pic. TFS,

Hi Loot,
Stunning portrait! Perfect colors and tack sharp detail. A perfect OOF backround. This is superb work. You will be up and around in no time with that new knee. Good luck!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-14 7:52]

Hi Loot,
great portrait of this colorful bird, he looks absolutly wonderful against this neutral background. Excellent sharpness on the details and the colors are nice and rich.

Best wishes for a quick recovery Loot..
"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity".
Will pray for you,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-14 10:58]

Hi Loot,
Beautiful sharpness and composition. Gorgeous colours and expression!
Well done and TFS
Take your time to make a good recovery.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-14 11:31]

Hi Loot,
Magnificient portrait! Astonishing details, texture, color and pose.
José M.
I hope you have a speedy and perfect recovery. I'll miss your wonderful post and comment!

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-14 13:08]

Hello Loot,

I just know today that you will have that knee surgery. So I wish you a quick recovery and be assured that a lot of people (including myself) will wait impatiently for your return on TN. But keep you camera near you, 'cos you never knows what will fly/run/crawl/swim nearby ;-). Your last post is just amazing !!! This parrot is a firework of colors!!! I'm very impressed by the clarity, details, natural colors of your picture! Is it you in its eye reflection??? ;-)
The details of the feathers are fantastic and you managed excellently the exposure! Great work!!!

Take care and get well soon!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-14 18:46]

Dear Loot
This is another really superb capture -- wonderful definition in those feathers, nice light in the eye (I can see what you were trying to tell me about mine), perfect closeup and composition.
We shall miss you -- and we *will* hold you in the light.
Best regards

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-15 0:54]

Hello Loot!
Your picture, as always, is beautiful and fancy! I know this guy!!
I would like to wish you all the best with your surgery. God bless you with the best results and short recuperation as possible!!
(maybe you can take a picture of some beautiful nurses to show us on TrekEarth! ;-)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-15 5:33]

Hi Loot,
A lovely portrait, I love the almost spiral-shape they make if you follow the line of the neck around to the beak. Great detail and colours, perfect DOF.

Good luck with the op, I hope it all goes well. I think these days surgeons have this kind of thing down to a fine art so you know you're in capable hands.

Best regards,

Hi Loot,
this is a very colourful bird and you have captured very good.
The sharpness is great, I can see every details in feathers.
Well composed, good POV and great DOF. Maybe the light is a wee bit hard, but that is a minor nit here.
Great work, my friend.

I hope you will back soon, I'm gonna miss you, your great picture and eminent comments. You will be running like a young boy again.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-15 9:18]

Mon ami vous avez réussi ce portrait de toute beauté. Les couleurs et les détails dans le plumage sont superbes. Bravo Loot !

PS : je souhaite que votre hospitalisation ce passe du mieux possible et je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage pour cette pénible aventure...

Bonjour Loot
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce porteat de ce joli perroquet aux couleurs que seul ses oiseaux peuvent avoir .Les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-15 14:26]

Best wishes for the knee replacement op

This is a lovely colourful portrait to leave us with for the couple of weeks. Great composition and wonderful details. The colours in the feathers are stunning.

Best Wishes


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-15 14:31]

hij is prachtig loot,
zeer goede details, uitstekende kwaliteit en een hele mooie crop, prachtige kop, goed werk.
gr,. jaap

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  • MAB (33)
  • [2006-07-15 18:48]

Hi Loot,amazing colors
Good POV,his beak looks like it could tell some old tales.
TFS Mark

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-17 7:53]

What a stunning animal!
This parrot is probably one of the most beautiful i've ever got to see. Such magical display of coloration is really hard to find. Very good work, Loot!
Otherwise, the image is flawless, with perfect shrpness, excellent POV and lighting. I wish i could see the entire bird in another picture, too :)
Bravo and thanks for sharing such lovely shots all the time

Hello Loot,
fabulous image with fairy tail colours, a delight to look at.
Thank you for sharing!
Hope you are all right. The time you are in does need a lot of patience, but I am sure the operation will make you walk like a youngster very soon, again. Good bless you, my friend!
Hope to have you back very soon. All the best to you!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-23 16:28]

Hello Loot , A Very beautifull portret ,good details colours sharp and beauty bg , and very best with youre knee operation , greetings Teunie .

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-24 6:21]

Hello Loot, good shot. I like the composition and it's very well detailed (perhaps a little heavy on the USM - the feathers look a litte brittle and crispy) the colours are great except for a tiny patch on the top of the head that looks a little OE. Despite my nits it's a very good shot, well done.

Hello Loot,
Very good portrait of a beautiful parrot, very similar to one species from Argentina, very common as a pet.
Excllent details, colours saturated. definitely a good job.
I hope you recover well and soon of your knee.
Best wishes

Amazing capture of some beautiful colors on the parrot. Your sharpness and DOF are spot on. Well seen, Loot!


Nice closeup of this Amazon parrot the details in the feathers really came out nice. Hope your leg is better. :)

May the Force be with you, Luke, uh, I mean Loot! :) Aseblief, hoop jy word gou gesond, man! Sien jou later!

Hallo aan u is Loot,
As die ik in mijn vorige nota aan u heb gezegd, ik bezoeken zal als de tijd toeslaat. Goed hier ben ik. Ik blijf met mijn kinderen en zij zijn allen bij om te werken, zodat heb ik de gehele dag voor mij infront van de computer. Ik heb wat tijd vanochtend om door enkele Zuid afrikaanse fotografen portefeuilles gevergd te gaan. Ik heb sommige topclass foto's gezien, en wat een mooie klompe van mensen!, zo begaafd! Callie, Gerhardt, Annalise en Lourens om enkelen te vermelden. Ik heb met mijn kinderen voor de laatste 12 jaar geleefd en me als Zuid-Afrikaan gezien, en het is een eer om alle nota's te lezen verbonden aan het posten. Ik ben zeker u bent al trots Zuid-Afrikaan, en zou willen elk van bezoeken u bent portefeuilles meest minst eens om mijn appreciatie in deze achting te tonen Hoe dan ook, las ik in uw nota van Knie Kreeky vernemen dat u waar het gaan binnen voor chirurgie. Ik ben droevig dat ik niet tegen die tijd werd geregistreerd om u goed te wensen. Ik hoop u beter nu bent en dat al pijnlijke plek en de pijn of minder zijn gegaan. Ik heb opgemerkt dat de tijd tussen uw posten niet zo vaak zoals in het verleden is. Hoewel ik u niet persoonlijk ken, zie ik uit het nieuwe posten te zien, maar ook te weten dat een grote chirurgie heel wat uithoudingsvermogen uit degenen systeem vergt, kan ik vanuit ervaring spreken. Enkel de greep, het geleidelijk aan worden zal beter Dit is een groot portret van een kleurrijke vogel. Nogmaals zijn uw uitstekende fotografische vaardigheden een zichtbaar bewijs in deze foto. Men kan zelfs de zwarte pluimen tellen die uit lichtjes aan de kant van het hoofd van de vogel plakken. Ik heb deze gedetailleerde fotografie in uw het posten van de Zebra opgemerkt (Gestreepte pyjama's)as goed. Ik doorbladerde enkele andere papegaaifoto's, en merkte werkelijk geen van hen met deze soort gevederte zo duidlik zichtbaar, of in dergelijk detail op. Ik houd ook van de blik van dit mooie papegaaioog. De details en de scherpte zijn groot, in feite alles van dit beeld is groot. Ik zal opnieuw bezoeken spoedig om te zien of hebt u nieuwe pics, maar ik zal niet ophouden om mijn grattitude op uw mooie foto's af en toe te geven. Het lezen van uw nota's is een reise en een ervaring op zich. Dank voor het delen van uw talenten.
Veel gewaardeerde.

What a beauty Loot!
I just love the colors and his expression!
Excellent depth of field and positioning!
Nice catch light!

hi loot
je n'en reviens pas des details dans le plumage!!
les couleurs sont magnifiques,c'est vraiment un portrait extra.

a speedy recovery to you old chap...
good eye here and feather texture..and just the right amount of flash
do you vary the power settings and use manual settings for this type of shot?
god bless

Hi Loot,

This is so beautiful, the colours are just fantastic, very sharp and focused.



Hello Loot.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hallo Loot
It felt like yesterday that you had to go for a knee replacement, and in a few months it is nearly two years. I am sure your dream to chase after butterflies and other insects will come true once your other knee is replaced as well. The lime green, sunny yellow and powder blue feathers of this Amazon parrot are stunning and blend in well with one another. The focus and the exposure are perfect, with a beautiful green background that shows off the bird without any distractions. Upon looking closer to the image, I realized that the eye is circled with lavender feathers. That purple colour just does it for me, and it is dazzling. It is as he is posing just for you and your camera. Your notes are very thorough and engaging like always. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece.

Hello Sir!

A fantastic photograph of this bird.A superb bird porait.Brilliant sharpness and wonderful colours of the bird.
It is for sure,that you have a great collection of photographs on birds.TFS

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