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Red-billed Streamer

Red-billed Streamer
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-20
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2, Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-29 13:29
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been away in the Caribbean for a few weeks. Fortunately we were not affected by the ash cloud as we went out before and returned after the disruption.

The Red-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), also known as the Doctor Bird, is endemic to Jamaica, where it is the most abundant and widespread member of the hummingbird family. While most authorities now consider it a separate species, some continue to consider it conspecific with the Black-billed Streamertail. The Red-billed Streamertail is the national bird of Jamaica.

When the Black-billed Streamertail of eastern Jamaica is considered a separate species, the Red-billed Streamertail occurs west of a line from Morant Bay following the Morant River, and via Ginger House and the middle Rio Grande to Port Antonio.

The next-to-outermost rectrices of the male are 15 to 18 cm (6-7 in) long, far longer than its bearer's body. Trailing behind the flying hummingbird like thin black streamers, these feathers make a humming sound. Females lack the elongated rectrices, and are largely white below.

These birds feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendable tongue or catch small insects on the wing.

The Rockland's Bird Sanctuary (may also be known as the Rockland's Feeding Station) was originally owned and run for many years by 'the bird lady' - Lisa Salmon. She passed away in 2000, in her 90's, but fortunately the property is still being run as a sanctuary by her nephew, and is managed by Fritz, who has been there for 15 years. The title sanctuary is rather grand as it is in fact the garden of a house - it is very well managed however, As I walked onto the patio, this individual flew up and hovered around me, to see who was invading his territory!

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Hi James

Fantastic shot of this amazing hummer. Excellent composition and great sharpness and plumage details. Perfectly presented with a great OOf backgrouns. Well done.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-29 13:45]

Hi James,
How nice to see you back. And with a superb photo. The colours are splendid, sharpness and details excellent and a perfect DOF. Very beautiful composition. High standard!
I'm going to Senegal, Gambia tomorrow for a couple of weeks.

Ciao James, lovely bird with a long tail, nice pose against a beautiful blrry BG, splendid metallic colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello James,
This is a fantastic bird, shot with very good technique. Good ligth, bood PV, impressive BG and correct composition. Good work, Thanks for sharing. Jesús

hello James

excellent photo of this tropical bird with a fine POV and appropriate
framing to his very long tail, superbly focused with great sharpness
and details, beautiful metallic green colour tones of the plumage, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-04-29 19:39]

Hola James: Es la mejor especie que he visto en mi vida y una toma de verdad sin igual; gracias por compartir tanta belleza y talento...saludos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-29 21:59]

Hello James,
A superb capture of this impressive Jamaican endemic. Technically and esthetically a fine portrait of the Red-billed Streamertail. Nice that he posed for you!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hallo James
Now is this a beauty or not? Indeed a dainty little creature with such charm and charisma that is seen from the word go. Wow it is really a striking bird and to look at all its lovely qualities makes my heart pound a little faster than usual. Great photography my friend, excellent detail and great focus, all together a super shot. Thanks for sharing this Red-billed Streamertail that is indeed a feast to my eyes.
Best regards.
ps. Good to see you around again.

Fantastically simple and strikingly well composed image, James! Absolutely professional approach! Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-04-30 0:10]

Hola James,
Superb capture with good sharpness, super bg.
excellent color and composition.

unbelivable bird and a great capture, TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-30 4:07]

Hello James,
How are you doing?
A most beautiful and elegant bird, this Doctor Bird! This Bird sanctuary seems to be very familial and interesting. Excellent shot, well framed and with beautiful natural colors. Excellent!
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-30 5:00]

Hello James,
Nice to see a post from you again and this is a superb capture of this gorgeous Hummingbird! Hard to fit in that long lovely tail in a frame but you've done so well! Great sharpness and fantastic glistening colours of the plumage. A beautiful soft background too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-30 8:12]

Hello James
Superb capture with vivid colors and great details

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-30 8:50]

HI James,welcome back! Surely you have spent some great holidays in the Caribbean, and if this is the beginning, I expect the extraordinary photos! This is a beautiful composition with metallic colors and perfect clarity .I'm waiting the others! Have a nice weekend, Luciano

Bonjour James

Cette capture est vraiment de toute beauté!!
Les détails sont superbes et la lumičre met en valeur joliment les reflets du plumage.Beau BG flou.
Bravo et TFS.

Hello James,
a fantastic capture of the Red-billed Streamertail, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours with metallic reflections, a very pleasant compositio with a very good OOF BG.
Have a good weekend

Most beautifully recorded beautiful bird. Congratulations. Babujayan

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-04 1:38]

Hi James,
what a bird.
This bird never cross my mind.
Stunning beauty.
You composed it beautifully in graphical and visual impact.


Hello James,
A very beautiful picture of this lovely bird, great highlighted eye, good lighting, lovely colours and fantastic sharpness details against a very nice pleasing background, an excellent captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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