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Cape Sugarbird(773)

Cape Sugarbird(773)
Photo Information
Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-31 4:30
Viewed: 7331
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The environment this guy lives in is so beautiful that I decided not to go for a tight crop, but leave some of it in the composition.

Cape Sugarbird (773) - A brown bird with very long tail and long, curved bill. It is usually associated with Proteas. Size 25-29cm (female) 34-44cm (male) - smaller than a laughing dove, but with a very long tail. Afrikaans: Kaapse Suikervoël

The Bill is slightly longer than the head and is black. The legs and feet are also black.

The Cape Sugarbird is brown above and paler below. It has a white chin and distinctive brown malar stripe, with a white line above it. The underparts are paler - the female with a white chest centre and belly, and streaking on the flanks and lower belly. The male has a brown upper chest and whitish belly with streaking on the flanks. In both sexes the undertail is bright yellow, and the top of the head is dull brown. The Male has a very long tail (twice the length of the body) and the female a tail of about half that length.

The Cape Sugarbird is a species restricted to the Cape Fynbos, and shows a preference for Fynbos, which has many protea plants. Usually seen in pairs or groups, the male often sitting prominently at the top of a large protea bush. It is common in the Western Cape , including in botanical gardens and mountain slopes.

The Cape Sugarbird is one of a family, which consists of only two species, Gurney's Sugarbird being the other. This family is restricted to Southern Africa.

The call consists of a range of notes, most often deep, twangy and grating notes - typically klak-klak-klak, as well as hissing calls and more musical notes.

It breeds from February to August, but mainly from April to May in the SW Cape . The nest is an untidy cup of twigs, grass bracken rootlets and pine needles, lined with protea down. It is placed in the fork or tangled branch of a protea bush or other large leaved tree.

milloup, carper, gerhardt, RAP, AndyB, papagolf78, PDP, TAZ, Callie, Lourens, nwoehnl, deud, elihesam, mogens-j, letr, alainh, Oldtree, touristdidi, Luc has marked this note useful
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Beautiful and proud-looking little bird in a nice environment. Good light. You could easily get a cleaner background, but I like the setting here anyway, as it shows the bird in its environment and the colours of the surroundings are beautiful and help set the birdie off nicely ;-)

Japie the vogelaar,
Very good one again Japie, great capture, good colours and a good dof, very good note too, also erg goed gedaan.

Nice one Japie, I like the composition. The photo shows the bird nicley. Nice note. Thanx.

oups petit moineau , mais qu'elle majestueuse queue...le cadrage est très bon de cette façon on voit bien l'oiseau en entier...les couleurs sont bien rendues également...belle prise de vue ...merci....amicalement BI

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-31 6:32]

Con semejante cola, no es fácil capturar un primer plano.
Hermosa ave, bonita perspectiva y colorido.
Buena profundidad para no distraer la atención sobre el pájaro.
Muy buenas notas complementarias.

With alike tail, it is not easy to capture a first plane.
Beautiful bird, pretty colorful perspective and.
Good depth not to distract the attention on the animal.
Very good complementary notes.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-31 7:39]

A magnificent looking bird.
Very well captured with good composition and great colours.
Nice lighting and great DoF.
A great note too.
Very well done.

Japie, This setting makes the shot of course. Your "Sugarbird" is a "sweet" photo! Very nice!!

A beautiful bird.
Good colours , good composition and good DOF.
Good note.
Well done.

Une très belle photographie qui pourrait faire l'objet d'une planche pour illustrer un livre sur les oiseaux.
Excellente note d'accompagnement.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-31 10:43]

Beautiful image, I think you chose right not to crop it, it does all fit very well.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-31 11:13]

Quelle jolie composition photographique pour ce bel oiseau à longue queue !
Well done !

Tres belle composition , j'aime aussi l'endroit ou se trouve l'oiseau , beau cadrage , bien vu .

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-31 13:46]

Nou is ek die een wat jaloers is! Was nog nooit binne skiet afstand van hulle af nie. Very nice environmental shot too of the Fynbos!. Ek het jou geantwoord op die 2X. Sien jy het nog nie geloer nie.

Very nice, Japie. Ilike that tail!!

Wow, what a tail! A very beautiful bird, Japie, and I'm sure glad you kept such a lot of the environment around him. The twig on which he is sitting makes a delightful composition, and the DOF and light are very nice, too. Excellent shot.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-01 5:29]

Very useful note. And a great shot of this bird!

It's amazing,very well done for this beautiful & admirable shot that you posting,Thanks,..
with a fine composition you show all elements in right places,DOF is perfectlly controlled & result is Excellent,Really I like it alot,light & shadows with a fine contrast are great,Nicely done,Japie!

Very good capture of this proud little fellow Japi. Perfect blur on the background and very nice colours. Only nit - if any - I would have loved the bird to be in the right side of the picture but that is a very minor thing. It is a very pleasent picture to look at and a very informative note.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-02 13:51]

Excellent sharpness and beautiful colors here Japie, love the composition here .. very good note to !!

tres belle photo Japie,
la composition est superbe, les couleurs sont douces et l'oiseau bien capturé. sa queue est fantastique.
bonne dof. Bien belle vue.

Excellent shot, Japie. The DOF is just right and the light is perfect. Thanks for posting.

The tail is so long! pretty bird!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-13 10:54]

I didnt saw your Cape Sugarbird before Japie.
It is a masterpiece!
Simply :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-25 14:19]

Indeed, Japie, beautiful environment. And a beautiful photo.

Great job.


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