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Verdin -Auriparus flaviceps

Verdin -Auriparus flaviceps
Photo Information
Copyright: CJ Vincent (C_J) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Lens EF 300 mm 1:4 L IS, hoya 77mm HMC UV[O]
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-23 12:40
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 24
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CJ's Desert Dwellers: Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Family: Remizadae

Length: 10 cm (4 in)
Wingspan: 150 cm (6 in)
Weight: 5.3 g (.19 oz)

The Verdin Auriparus flaviceps is a desert dweller. It is a resident of the southwest United States and north and western Mexico.

A very small bird, gray, with a distinctive yellowish head, a sharply pointed bill and a relatively short tail. There is a small rufous patch in the bend of the wing that is often hidden. (This patch is absent in juveniles.)

Usually a solitary bird that moves rather quickly and acrobatically through the trees and brush in search of small insects, fruit and nectar.

It's call is a high piercing tsweef; also a lower, strong, whistled tee too too

In this photo the Verdin Auriparus flaviceps was peeling back the seed cover of a Velvet Mesquite Prosopis velutina to extract the little insect inside. They have been frequenting my hummingbird feeders, as well.

Peterson's Field Guides: Western Birds
Sibley's Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II also used in this photo

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Outstanding photograph.
Words can't explain how good this is. I will not even attempt it!
Perhaps 'amazing' will do...and maybe 'envious'... ;)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-23 13:12]

Hi CJ,
I can't fault this either.
Thisis a first class shot of a male verdin with excellent sharpness, comp., BG and lighting. Good note too.
Well done and TFS,
Regards, Ivan

Very sharp image indeed.
I love the colours.
Busy but not a bad composition as well...

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-23 13:28]

Gorgeous shot, amazing sharp details and wonderful colours. Great POV and pose as well



hi Vincent

superb splendid photograph tallied very well colors and cheer composition


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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-23 15:34]

Hi CJ,

Lovely capture, with beautiful sharpness and DOF. Composition is spot on. This bird must be a pro model. Well done.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-23 18:14]

Hola, muy original y bellos disparo, excelente textura del plumaje, saludos


What a cute bundle of fluff. Nicely composed with clear sharp details. The catchlight in the eye is a bonus. Well done!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-23 21:49]

Hola CJ:
Adorable compo con la imàgen de esta pequeña y bella avecilla. Muy buenos detalles en su plumaje. Suaves colores y un encuadre adecuado con un foco perfecto. ¡Bravo!

Very nice photo and good working. TFS.

hello Vincent

another of your great shots with sharpness of a bird on a action,
it is framed close, but there is space all around him, i like that



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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-02 8:11]

Hi CJ,
Wonderful detail. I just love looking at the feathers. Doesn't look like he has missed many meals! I need to learn photography lingo but this is the best I can do today - I like what you took a picture of. It is interesting to look at.
P.S. Here is a smiley face for you!

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