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cordon bleu
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Copyright: clint newsham (clint) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Vivitar Series 1 100-400 1:4.5-6.5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 15:18
Viewed: 7826
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in drier regions of tropical sub- Saharan Africa.

The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation. The nest is a large domed grass structure with a side entrance in a tree, bush or thatch into which 4-5 white eggs are laid.

The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is 12cm in length. The adult male has uniformly brown upperparts, pale blue breast, flanks and tail and a yellow belly. There is a red patch on each cheek.

Females are similar but duller, and lack the cheek spot. Immature birds are like the female, but with blue restricted to the face and throat.

This widespread and abundant species is often found around human habitation, and its piping tsee-tsee call is a familiar African sound. The song is a wit-sit-diddley-diddley-ee-ee.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-03 15:28]

Otra excepcional muestra de tu manejo de la Konica Clint, con una captura limpia, aguda y llena de colores.
La armonía de colores del ave en contraste con el fondo verde es maravilloso.
Perfecto foco sobre la cabeza del ave, con un ajustado pero efectivo DOF y la iluminación ideal.
La estética del punto de vista y del encuadre, son las habituales de tus presentaciones.

Another exceptional sample of your handling of Konica Clint, with a clean, razor sharp and full colors capture.
The harmony of colors of the bird in contrast with the green bottom is wonderful.
Perfect focus on the head of the bird, with a tight but effective DOF and the ideal illumination.
The aesthetics of the point of view and framing, they are the habitual of your presentations.

Una verdadera masterpiece Clint. Preciosos colores y magníficos detalles.
Muchos saludos. JL.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-03 15:44]

Stunning colours, the blue against the green is wonderful. Great POV and excellent DOF



Hi Clint

The first time I saw one of these finch, I could not believe my eyes. We have them in the tropical butterfly house in Auckland. You have captured this extremely well showing the colours perfectly. Top quality shot! :-)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-03 15:57]

Oi Clint Newsham, bonita foto parabens pela composição e cores nitidas gosto muito deste estilo de foto continue assim.

Nice photo, good color and detail. Might have been better if he had been facing you

Hello Clint,

This is another wonderful photo from you! The composition is great as usual. There is a strong contrast between the sharply rendered details on the bird and the soft, plain background. I have never seen this species before and therefore I don't know what its colors look like. The colors in your shot look perfect! Same goes for the details in the plumage and the face of the bird.
Exposure and light are also perfectly handled. I appreciate the fact that the eye is clearly visible and not lost in a black area.
Another work of art is the background. You did a very good job removing and blurring it! Also the diagonal highlight in the background helps the composition a lot. This kind of pictures have the strongest impact because they lead ones eyes where the photographer wants them to look. Congratulation for this brilliant shot! The interesting note completes your post and teaches us a bit more about our wonderful world. Thank you for sharing this picture with us and please keep doing the good job!

Best Wishes,

Sorry but such beautiful shot of the bird and this ugly background;).

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-03 19:48]

Hola Clint. Una bella postal, muy nitida y con una muy buena luz, el fondo difumado se ve exelente. Saludos Luis52.

Wow, what colors! Your photos are so amazing. I appreciate your dedication to your craft/art.

Evelynn : )

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  • salvx (54)
  • [2007-01-04 1:13]

The color contrast is amazing and all the technical aspects of the exposure are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Clint
What pretty bird, what pretty background, what a nice shot.
Is perfect.

Quite a good shot of this beautiful finch.
Excellent background, provides a perfect contrast for the pastle blue plumage.
Well done

Hi Clint,
This is an awesome shot! Superb isolation from the backround,tack and sharp detail. Beautiful color saturation. Perfect composition and framing. This looks excellent. Nice camera work!

Aha what colors are these!!!!!!!!!
Great etails, shaprness,Uniform bacground simply great.Every thing is perfec.


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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-04 11:32]

Hi Clint,
Wonderful shot.
Great colors and details.
Nice point of view and background.
Well dne

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-04 12:06]

Hi Clint,

I have never seen such beautiful colors! This is a wonderful shot of a gorgeous bird. The colors and details are excellent. TYFS.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-04 15:54]

Très belle prise les couleurs de l'oiseu son particulières et la qualité d'image est bonne.
Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-04 18:48]

Hi Clint

Wonderful shot of this beautiful looking Bird, really nice composition abd the pose is superb with the Bird watching below, the details are nice and sharp, and beautiful colours and lighting too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-26 3:03]

Hello Clint, what a true great shot of that so beautiful bird ! Very sharp, well composed with a great exposure and a very nice background, very good work !


Hi Clint
Amazing color
Super details and pin sharp
tfs jon

Hello Clint,

Wonderful photo from you!

Best Wishes,

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