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Juvenile Olive-Backed Sunbird

Juvenile Olive-Backed Sunbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 4:43
Viewed: 11067
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured this Juvenile sunbird @ Botanic gardens Heliconia walk after a heavy downpour.

Olive-Backed Sunbird

Main features:
The smallest Sunbird (11cm), bill thin and obviously decurved; distinctive white tips at outer tail feathers.

Male: Metallic blue-black forehead, throat and upper breast, contrasting with bright yellow underparts; upperparts dull olive brown.

Female: Upperparts dull olive brown; underparts all yellow, brighter yellow than other female Sunbirds.

Juvenile: Similar to females.

Call: Described as constant rough metallic chirps cheep-cheep-wheet; also a high-pitched rising chee.

In flight: Darting flight.

Status in Singapore: Very common resident throughout the island, including North and South offshore islands.

World distribution: Southern China to the Philippines down to Australia.

Classification: Family Nectarinidae (Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds, Spiderhunters). World 169 species, Singapore 13 species.

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hi meerkat!
dont like the frame but
a very beautiful picture!
sharp with really nice dof
and pov
fine lightning and good composition
very well done!

Hello, Execllent Short with nice bagground but I agree with Tamrock for the border.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-31 7:44]

Excellent shot, my friend!
Beautiful colors and wonderful composition.
My compliments and TFS.

Qu'il est charmant, cet oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-31 10:05]

Hi Hwee

This is a superb capture!
I really like the mood of the picture and the colors and tones everywhere - not only on the bird and plant, but on the BG, too.
The focus here is impeccable and the DOF is outstanding, keeping everything in the FG in full focus while blurring the BG nicely.
Also the exposure is very well managed, the sharpness is excellent and the side POV exceptional - it gives a great angle for that lovely curved beak!
All-in-all a splendid composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ang.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose luis.

:::: FANTASTIC SHOT ::::::



Hello Meerkat,
Beautiful composition, I love the placement , the colors, the framing...awesome shot, great PP work. TFS

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-06-19 10:44]

Przepieknie uchwycony ten maly ptaszek.
Piekne kolory i szczegoly.


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  • Szymon (73)
  • [2007-07-05 3:25]

Wspaniala fotografia! Piekne kolory.


What an outstanding shot, capturing the bird and the bloom like this. This is a real looker. Your note was very good, too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-05 11:27]

Hello Ang Hwee,
Excellent coloured photo with great sharpness.
Good blurred BG and diagonal composition. I don't like the frame, but that's my opinion.

Hello Ang,
This is an attractive capture!
The colours are eye-catching, and I appreciate the dynamic composition...
Excellent details in the plumage, and the bird stands out well!
Pablo -

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-09 15:39]

Hi AngHwee, What a special bird this os. Your capture of this side view along with the flowers works well. The sunbird looks to be a special bird indeed. TFS. Murray.

Great shot!! The diagonal composition and the colours look beautiful. Also sharply focussed.

Hello Ang,

Excellent picture. Nice compo. Beautiful colours. Razorsharp with fine details. A very good blurred BG. The diagonal composition is also good. But I don't like the frame. It is overdone (my opinion) Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Another amazing image, once again, everything is spectacular. I wouldn't change a thing.


Great shot!!!!!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-02 2:03]

Hello Ang,
Perfect shot and superb BG. The bird with the flower is adding more lighting to the shot. Superb and well done. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-23 7:46]

Hello Yong,
a real splendid shot here. the heliconia and the bird are equally impressive. Excellence clarity and great composition.
Wonderful and stunning.


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