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True Colours
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-06 3:54
Viewed: 3305
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.

The name Tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the formal common name. Note that there is no letter 's' in the Maori language, so the plural is simply 'Tui.' The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in religious attire.

Tui have faded browner patches on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen which varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.

Tui are found through much of New Zealand, particularly the North Island, the west and south coasts of the South Island, Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands- where an endangered sub-species particular to these islands exists . Populations have declined considerably since European settlement, mainly because of habitat destruction but also from hunting and imported mammalian predators.

Nonetheless, the species is considered secure and has made recoveries in some areas, particularly after removal of livestock has allowed vegetation to recover. Predation by introduced species remains a threat, particularly stoats, the Common Myna (which competes with Tui for food and sometimes takes eggs), and rats.

Tui prefer broadleaf forests below 1500 metres but will tolerate quite small remnant patches, regrowth, exotic plantations and well-vegetated suburbs. They are usually seen singly, in pairs, or in small family groups, but will congregate in large numbers at suitable food sources, often in company with Silvereyes, Bellbirds (another New Zealand honeyeater), or Kererū (native New Zealand pigeon). Generally when interspecific competition for the same food resources among New Zealand's three species of honeyeater occurs, there is a hierarchy which the Tui is at the top of, with bellbirds and stitchbirds successively subordinate to the species above them - they are thus frequently chased off by Tui at a food source such as a flowering flax plant.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:20 p.m.
Date: 14th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/40
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 275mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

dew77, wallhalla15, marhowie, vanderschelden, JORAPAVI, Silvio2006, scottevers7 has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-06 3:57]

Hello Pam,
Magnificent capture.POV,crisp clear details,colors,BG,catchlight in eyes and composition are excellent.

Hello Pam,
this is a very nice picture too. But I like the other pictures more. Good POV, details and sharpness. Very nice colours and an excellent note too. This is a very nice composition. Thank you my friend from NZ.

Hi Pam,
Nice picture too.



another great capture,
still great colors in this bird,


Hi Pam,
Very neat image with clear details and colors.
Nice POV and sharpness.

Well done Pam.
I like the overall look/impression of this frame. Deep rich colors, with the low-key exposure delivering all the subtle variations possible in this birds plumage.
Everything works. Luv the dappled BG & that "ruffled" look too :)
Have a good day!

Hi Pam,
Good work, Pam.
Nice image..as always:-)

Hola Pam,
Magnífica captura con mucho detalle, aunque un poquito despeinado:)). Saludos

Hi Pam, an other wonderful photo from you, thanks, no more words, ciao Silvio

Hi Pam,
It this the meaning of getting your feathers ruffled. Spot on exposure has the colors and detail looking excellent. Comp. and framing look flawless here. Another nice one!

Hello Pam,
This is guy again :-)! Wow, what a great capture. I like those amazing details and its feathers movement. You caught him in a very nice pose with excellent exposure and great natural lightning. This is very nice! Thanks,

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