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Blue Coua

Blue Coua
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-10 6:21
Viewed: 5275
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Time for a new bird on TN, the Blue Coua.

This photo is made in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.

The Blue Coua (Coua caerulea) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

The bird is a deep blue with a bare blue oval around the eye and beak. It averages a size of 48 – 50 cm (18.9-19.7 inches) long and weighs approximately 235 gr. (8.2 ounces). The Blue Coua's diet consists of insects, varied fruits, and small reptiles. Blue Couas can be found in the northwestern and eastern areas of Madagascar: specifically, in the sub-tropical to tropical moist lowland, mangrove forest, and moist montane ares. It is a species of cuckoo birds. The bird lays only one egg in a nest hidden in trees and bushes.

Source: Wikipedia and avianweb.com

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-10 6:34]

Hello Peter,
such a wonderful capture of this blue bird. Exciting face with that unique eye mask.
Excellent clarity with the incoming light hitting the feathers.
Exciting presentation..


Hello Peter,

Outstanding capture with such striking coloration, sharpness & pose. Very well done & TFS.

Best wishes


Hello Peter
simply wonderful, an excellent picture of the Blue Coua with optimum sharpness and composition. expression of the bird is also fantastic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-10 7:09]

Hi Peter.
What a beautiful bird. You have captured at a very attractive pose. I also am impressed with fine POV and excellent composition. Surroundings are nice, pictorial and supplements the beauty perfectly. Colours as well as details are great. Well done.

Boa tarde Peter
Excellent capture of this interesting and strange bird.Wonderful colors and impressive sharpness on a fine POV and composition.
Thank You,
Kind regards

Hello Peter,
Wonderful image with great clarity and very nice colors. I like this perfect compositio with nice colors taken from a low POV.
Lovely photo with a interesting bird.
Thanks for sharing!

hi Peter,
wow what a bird! look at the eye! and blue :)
of course a new. to me, and to TN.
good clarity [a bit overexposed, but just leave it]...
thanks a lot for sharing.

hallo Peter
Deze is wel heel erg mooi scherp met super licht er op
De kleuren en compositie zijn erg goed
Prachtige vogel
groet lou

Hi Peter
remarkably natural surroundings in this picture, and a new species

Hello Peter,
Lovely birds wit fantastic details,very nice compozition,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

Hi Peter,

Thanks for sharing, this beautiful pose of the nice bird. Pleasant habitat shot with ambient light & colour.


Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, perfect focus, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-10 9:29]

Hi Peter,spectacular capture of this rare bird,the pic is really perfect under all therms of valutation,impossible to make better,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter

Congratulations to this first one in TN !
with its metallic blue color tones it is
an amazing and wonderful exotic bird,
the shape of its head & eye are beautiful, TFS


hello peter,
excellent photo presentation of this Madagascars endemic bird, splendid lights and colors and very fine details, TFS!

Hello Peter,
interesting capture of this new bird on TN with good sharpness, fine light and beautiful blue colour.
Best wishes,

Amazing bird Peter! Beautiful photo too! Nice pose and very good composition. The colours are fantastic!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-10 23:43]

Hello Peter.
This is a wonderful shot with lovely pose and environment. Perfect detail and nice composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter, Superb capture of this fine specimen of Blue Coua bird, fabulous POV and pose, lovely lighting with splendid natural colours, nice and sharp, great effort here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


WOW never even knew these existed; quite a spectacular capture! Did it take you awhile to capture this? Was it in the wild or an aviary? So gorgeous TFS

Hello Peter.
This is a good looking bird with nice dorsal pov. I like the details and the ground perch exposing the eyes very well.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Hi Peter,
amazing colours. Beautiful composition. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Peter. Razor details perfect sharp. Magnificent colours.


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-11 11:25]

Hi Peter,

This is a beuatiufl shot of a very unusally looking bird. I have never seen one like it before. Great shot. and thanks for presenting us a different specy. Love that bright blue around the eye.


Bonjour Peter,
Agréable valorisation du sujet ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Peter,
Sensasioneel! Wat 'n pragtige foto in goeie komposisie en gehalte! Dit is 'n plesier om te aanskou. Welgedaan.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-12 19:15]

Hello Peter,
What an interesting looking bird with a beautiful silky blue plumage and unique looking facial features. The texture of it's feathers appear to be very smooth and extremely fine as you can hardly even tell where the top of the wing begins. Great work!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-13 4:16]

Hello Peter,
Thanks to show again a new species on TN. An interesting blue colored cuckoo which you caught in a very natural environment and very busy to find some food probably.
My dream is to have the opportunity to go to Magdagscar one day..
I wish you a nice weekend despite rain

Ha Peter,

Gefeliciteerd met deze wonderschone en kleurrijke koekkoek
Prima scherpte en compositie

TFS Thijs

wonderful bird, wonderful picture Peter, congratulations !

excellent colors and details on bird,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-05-19 8:18]

Hola Peter; extraordinaria foto de esta exótica especie...very nice shot...

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