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Diamond Firetail

Diamond Firetail
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-17 4:56
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Diamond Firetail captured with 20D @ 400mm, handheld.

Diamond Firetail

Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata
Family: Passeridae
Order: Passeriformes


The Diamond Firetail is a small bird sometimes described as one of the most stunningly coloured birds of the finch family. The top of its body is ash brown with crown, forehead and neck grey. The under feathers are white with a crimson rump. There is a black band across its neck which continues down the flank to be dotted with white. The bill and eye ring are coral, and the legs and feet are dark grey. The female is similar to the male although sometimes smaller. The juvenile Diamond Firetail has a black bill and is duller in colour. They fly low and flocks travel in long lines. This species may also be called the Diamond Finch or Java Sparrow.

Similar species

The Diamond Firetail is very distinctive, being larger and more heavily built than the Red-browed Finch, Neochmia temporalis, and slightly smaller and shorter-tailed than the much duller House Sparrow, Passer domesticus.


The Diamond Firetail is endemic to south-eastern Australia, ranging from Carnarvon Ranges in Queensland to the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.


Diamond Firetails are found in open grassy woodland, heath and farmland or grassland with scattered trees.
Mostly resident or sedentary with some local movements.


Diamond Firetails feed on the ground and generally eat ripe or partially ripe seeds and can be seen hopping around on the ground. They occasionally eat insects and their larvae.


The Diamond Firetail builds a nest with green grass blades and stems and lines it with fine grasses and feathers. The nest can be found in trees and shrubs with dense foliage and has sometimes been known to build in the base of a hawk's nest. The nest is built by both partners but only the female does the weaving. Both partners incubate the eggs and care for the young. Usually only one clutch is laid per season.

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Bonjour Ralf,
très belle photo, très bel oiseau.
Belle composition et belle couleur.
Merci du partage

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-17 5:00]

Wow, that's really a fabulous shot of this beautiful bird! Wonderful composition, great sharpness and superb colours.
Well done!
TFS, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-17 5:06]

Que pájaro mas bonito, un buen disparo y excelentes detalles, BG, perfecto. Saludos

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-09-17 5:25]

Very nice captured Diamond Firetail, Ralf.

Hey Ralf!

What a beauty! This is a smashing composition of a cute little bird. You used the branch cleverly in your composition, it leads the eye to the perfectly placed bird and also gives the photo a bit of perspective. The firetail is sharply rendered and the OOF Bg really brings all this sharpness to the front. Another great asset is the color. It's so vivid and natural and makes great contrast. I find the exposure well handled, with details visible in both white and black areas of the bird's plumage. You did an excellent work! Congratulations!

Have a nice week end!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-17 7:22]

Bonjour Ralf!

Bonne prise,les couleurs sont parfaitement exposée et l'oiseau est très joli.


Hi Ralf,
This bird is wonderful and you caught him very well. I like details and composition al lot. Well seen and well done. Thanks,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-09-17 11:05]

Oh is that a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. I've never seen one before. The details are wonderful and the colors are exquisite.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-17 11:14]

Hi Ralf,
Very beautiful bird. Perfect colors, pose, pov and details.
TFS, José M.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-09-17 14:46]

nice, cleare and bright shot. Good coloures.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-17 20:48]

Wow, Ralf. What a colorful bird.
Its colors and patterns are just beautiful
and you caught him with very sharp details and perfect exposure.
A great POV too. The composition is exceptional, with every part of the frame filled with something interesting to look at, but not dominating.
A lovely shot and TFS. : )

Nice bird portrait.
Eyes and beak are sharp.
Compo is also okay.
Well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-18 10:24]

Un POV y composición maravillosos Ralf, una agudeza que se aprecia algo soft y un trasfondo que no colabora con la nitidez ideal de la imagen... imagino que utilizaste un ISO elevado, aunque no lo informas en tus notas.
Saludos... Ricardo

Wonderful POV and composition Ralf, a sharpness that it appreciates something soft and a background that it doesn't collaborate with the ideal clarity of the image... I imagine that you used an ISO high, although you don't inform it in your notes.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Ralf

What stunning plumage colours. Excellent pose. Good catchlight in the eye. Nice camera work. :-)

Hi Ralf,
Striking capture you have here. Excellent POV with the bird posing well. Technically very good with exposure, DOF and composition on the money.

Hi Ralf,
I love this one, a beautiful bird with so pretty colours and spots.
Excellent sharpness, I like it so much.
I also made shots of all the birds visiting my garden last winter, but it's much more difficult in summer. We don't have such exotic birds here in Germany, but I'm waiting of them when they return in winter.
Thanks for yours, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ralf. A beautiful composition of this stunning bird. Well arranged and cropped. The colours are superb. Murray.

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