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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony PDX10
Exposure: 1/424 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-17 4:22
Viewed: 7111
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater Double Collared Sunbird
Nectarinia afra
Afrikaans : Gootrooiborssuikerbekkie

Length: 14cm

Sunbirds are not to be confused with the hummingbirds of North and South America. Sunbirds are mainly an African group with a few species in the Middle East. They are small to very small (10 – 15cm) Tip of beak to tip of tail.

They have a long slender decurved bill and long tubular tongue that enable them to obtain nectar by probing flowers. Many species feed on small insects in the flowers, and a few search actively for spiders.
Their favorite plants are those with tubular flowers such as Aloes, Ericas and Leonotus species.

The males are of most sunbird species very colorful, with iridescent plumages. So too are some females, but the majority are drab and lack luster. Some male sunbirds temporarily lose much of their brilliant plumage in the non-breeding period.

The Double collared sunbird is a high altitude bird found mainly in mountains and highveld.

Shooting details
Time 15h30
Partly Cloudy / Mild
Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped, Framed and Resized for web
Sharpened with Paint Shop Pro
Camera - Sony DSR-PDX10P
No Flash
Automatic focus
Tripod Yes
F/Length 43mm
F Number F/2.4
Exposure Time 1/425sec

These fast moving guys really gave me a hard time to capture. They move very quickly and disappear at the slightest movement. This bird was sitting on a sunbird feeder. The activity here was hectic with about 10 sunbirds of various species competing for a place at the feeder. Sometimes WW2 was calm to what was going on here but that made getting good shots very difficult.
This shot was taken from about 4ft (1.2met)

Hope you enjoy this one, as there is a lot more coming of this species in the next few weeks

cafecrem, red45, Luc, Janice, puffy, elroyie, carper, Fisher, marhowie, ellis49, extramundi, Kirsten, PDP, Signal-Womb, danbachmann, Toni has marked this note useful
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:-))) I love this title!
Very interesting bird. Looks like a pirate :-)))
Great post!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-17 4:32]

Yes Willie, we want more pictures from real Africa! I saw that this one you took in Limpopo. In Poland every child in kindergarten learn nursery rhyme about Limpopo. Limpopo sound for me like dreams. Great photo and big thanks for sharing!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-17 4:35]

Your note learn me that it is not a hummingbird which you have posted today but a Sunbird: interesting.
It is a great capture you have made, Willie.
Thanks a lot and have a good day.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-17 4:59]

This one looks like she has her fake fur on, wanting to get off to the Ball, and here's you holding her up to take a photo. For such a fast moving bird, this shot looks so good Willie. Well done.
P.S. Were you in WW2?

Very good capture, very good colours.
I think that it is about time that you should 'move' to stills, you have great pictures and very good captures but the quality of the video cam is well seen, for example, there are lot of details that stills can take out from this bird's lovely texture.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-17 5:15]

Lovely bird Willie, you have captured the beauty of it. Love the colours of her fur, she does look like she is off to the ball just like Janice said. :) Great shot, clear and great detail. Thanks for sharing.

Very nice shot!
Beautiful colours and very good composition.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-02-17 6:03]

This is excellent Willy I love the rainbow colors you captured on this bird, simply awesome....Looking forward to seeing more of your work.. excellent shot, well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-17 6:24]
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Fantastic pose & wonderful colors. Is it a little oof, or is it me?

beautiful head Willie,
I like the composing of the shot with the good, colours and the nice point of view, very good note, very good job

A beautiful portrait that reminds me of hummingbirds, yet, it's not as explained in your note. A "battle royale" would be a good pic as well.
Well done.


Willie, Very colorful & composed well. Great note pointing out the difference between the sunbird vs hummingbird..Easily confused! TFS!

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2005-02-17 10:36]
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Great shot Willie.
Your images are so great and beautilful, it's pity that you don't have a "real" camera who shows your eminent skill.
Very good colours, compostion, POV and note.
Great work.

Great pose, colours and BG.
Unfortunately the pic quiality isn't very good.
Well done.

I will be waiting for them, Willie.
Maybe the quality of your cam in not the best for TN, but your subjects are most interesting. This days I missed you very much when I am looking at the posts and cannot find yours. This one is a stunning and colourful beautie. At first sight I thought it was a humminbird.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-17 13:17]
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Another VEY well executed picture here, Willie, I love these guys, they are SO fast and small, I have never been successful, and here you have a near mug shot of this GBD sunbird. One of the best
About N'korro, I must really know?

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-17 13:29]

Beautiful bird and photo. Thank you!

Hey willie,good shot of these fast guys!sharpness is good in spite of the fast movement!
good details,colours and compo.well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-17 16:04]
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Wilie, it's a great capture. With teh right equipment you would be producing outstanding photos, this could be exceptional but is let down not by your ability but your camera. Very good work.

Great looking bird Willie and charming pose. The colour is wonderful here...well done.

Aaarrgghh... What a moment! I wish I could be there

"10 sunbirds of various species"... aarrggghhh...

What a beauty you captured Willie and so close. Nice one.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-18 6:52]

Willie, the composition is perfect, and the bird is very beautiful. Vivid colors, nice blurred BG.

Tones, colors are really impressive. I like the design of the photo, it is really strong to emphasize the mood of it.

Willie - good note - I had assumed its a hummingbird, and appreciate the description. Very well captured - even if its not really a hummingbird, like those little fast moving birds I'm sure its really hard to capture, and the one's I've seen done well usually are setups with multiple flashes etc. to freeze the motion. Here you seem to have done it "au naturel" ;-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-06 16:22]

Fantastique image. Vraiment très belle.
Regards Toni.

Hello Willie

Very nice shot !

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-09 12:35]

Hi Willie!
It is a great capture you have made.Beautiful colours and very good composition.

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