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Amazilia Hummingbird

Amazilia Hummingbird
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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: 2009-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-28 7:58
Viewed: 4127
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I was in the biggest butterfly garden of Europe. There are a lot of butterflies, but …
Unwanted visitors such as spiders, whiteflies and lice are there too. These are dangerous for the butterflies. They can’t use poison to fight against them. Therefore in the garden live for example parasite wasps, lady-birds, hummingbirds and Yellow-legged Buttonquails. They eat the unwanted animals, but leave the butterflies in peace.
So here is a hummingbird from that butterfly garden and a very special one.

The Amazilia Hummingbird (Amazilia amazilia) is a species of hummingbird, a family of small near passerine birds. The Loja Hummingbird (A. alticola), with less rufous to the underparts, is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Amazilia Hummingbird.
The Amazilia Hummingbird occurs in western Peru and Ecuador. It is generally common, and can regularly be seen even in major cities such as Lima and Guayaquil. It prefers dry, open or semi-open habitats, but also occurs in forest. In its range it is easily recognized by the combination of a black-tipped red bill and mainly rufous underparts.

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Amazing and wonderfull colours of this bird and great picture.Congratulations.Alin.

Peter, it is easily the most attractive Hummingbird in the world.
No wonder its habitat is South America -- a continent rich in wild life. You are lucky to have it in a butterfly park in your area.
The picture is taken with great dexterity. The subtle colours on the head and neck are very cleverly captured.
Well done and thanks for sharing this unique picture.

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful picture of the Amazilia Hummingbird, good sharpness, perfect exposure with the flash in a nice composition with a lovely pose of this colourful bird
Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-28 8:21]

Wonderful capture this lovely details.
Great colors and details.

Hi Peter,
this bird is wonderful, so glittering, so colourful. It's also interesting to reed that there is such a big butterfly garden in Emmen - I realy love to visit it some day.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I agree, this is indeed, one of the best looking birds I've seen.
Superb shot, Peter!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-28 8:59]

Very nice Bird, good presentation!

Hello Peter,

Great capture.
Nice colours with fantastic detail.
Lighting and composition are superb.

What a lovely bird !
Great colors and details.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-10-28 9:55]

Hi Peter
Gret closed up of a specie I never seen before.Great colors and nice POV.I also like the catch light in the eye.Good text to.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6507 W: 89 N: 15620] (65341)
  • [2009-10-28 10:20]

Hi Peter,is impossible to comment a impressive work like that,fantastics sharpness and details and beautifuls colors whit metallics reflections too..just one word...wonderfulllll !!! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Trabajo bien realizado técnicamente con una interesante luz de reflejos que no molestan en ningun punto. Bellos colores.
Saludos Peter.

Ciao Peter, lovely Hummingbird in nice pose, good natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,

Wat een mooie foto heb je hier.
Jammer van de staart verder prima plaat met mooie warme kleuren.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-28 12:15]

Hi Peter. You were so lucky to have been in this butterfly hosue,England is getting a new one in a year or so.. You have taken aa fine close up ofthis beautiful bird. Which has such rich colour.That you have taken with fine detail. All with sharp focusing . Well taken TFS.

Hello Peter,

A fantastic close-up of this beautiful Hummingbird with great sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.



hallo Peter
schitterende foto van deze kleurrijke vogel
goede details en mooi op het stokje
schitterende kleuren
groetjes lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-28 13:07]

Hello Peter, beautiful shot of this colourful huööingbird species with excellent details and composition.
TFS and G's,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-28 13:33]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,exposure,pose of bird,BG and composition are wonderful.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter
what a nice shot of very beautiful Amazilia Hummingbird from the biggest lepidoptarium. photographically very nice. but your notes are also nice to read. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-10-28 17:42]

Hi Peter,
What a beauty!
And you did a fantastic job capturing the brilliance of its plumage.
Beautiful details and pose!
Such dainty little feet!
TFS. : )

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-29 4:49]

Hi Peter,
what a stunning capture. Real beauty with sharpness and colour rendition well emphasized. i like its beautiful pose and the shining eye.
well exploited use of light.
Well presented capture.


wow, Incredible Colors, This is the first time I have seen this bird. Nice use of flash also.

Hi Peter
Wonderful photo with nice details, POV and composition..
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hi Peter,

Stunning capture of this pretty humminbird in a lovely posture with excellent DOF, fine details and delightful composition.
TFS and Cheers,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-29 12:13]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of the Amazilia Hummingbird with good use of flash to give excellent sharpness and colours from a good POV that shows it features.
I knew about quails being used to remove insect pests but didn't know hummingbirds were insectiverous. Perhaps this species is an exception in being an insect instead of nectar eater, or perhaps feeds on both?
Thanks and best regards,

HI Peter, interesting capture with a perfect composition and POV.
TFS. Regards

Hello Peter
a very great capture of this colorful Hummingbird, his plumage is superb
I like his pose, the wonderful details and the POV
Have a good night

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-29 16:43]

Hi Peter
Beautuful colorful photo with fine detail...TFS

Ciao Peter. Excellent macro shot with bright colours and sharp. Nice pose and intersting compo.


Hi Peter.
Very good pose and very cute hummingbird...
Colors lights sharpness of the picture great...
Nice composition...I like the red color on its beak and body...

Hello Peter, wonderful shot of this beauty.
Pose, details and coloures are great.
TFS and regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-31 6:14]

Hi Peter.
Very interesting story and amazing picture. I am impressed a lot with fantastic colours of the shot, terrific use of fill flash, precise DOF (all pictorial bird is in focus and all surroundings are nicely blurred). Framing and composition of the shot are brilliant too. My congratulations and TFS.

hello Peter

i have missed this Hummingbird photo from you,
excellent photo with very fine POV and framing,
superb focus on it with great sharpness and details,
beautiful luminosity, the catch-light render the photo
more beautiful, and i love to see details of the blurred background,



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