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Sunbird Among Delonix Regia

Sunbird  Among Delonix Regia
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-21 2:53
Viewed: 3439
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After looking for identification, I think that this is a female Sunbird.
It jumps from branch to branch very fast. This bird is quite small as you could compare with the Delonix regia flower.

The sunbirds and spiderhunters are a family, Nectariniidae, of very small passerine birds. There are 132 species in 15 genera. The family is distributed throughout Africa, southern Asia and just reaches northern Australia. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Fruit is also part of the diet of some species. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings.

The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution due to the similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed.
The family ranges in size from the 5-gram Black-bellied Sunbird to the Spectacled Spiderhunter, at about 45 grams. Like the hummingbirds, sunbirds are strongly sexually dimorphic, with the males usually brilliantly plumaged in metallic colours. In addition to this the tails of many species are longer in the males, and overall the males are larger. Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. The spiderhunters, of the genus Arachnothera, are distinct in appearance from the other members of the family. They are typically larger than the other sunbirds, with drab brown plumage that is the same for both sexes and long down-curved beaks.

Species of sunbirds that live in high altitudes will enter torpor while roosting at night, lowering their body temperature and entering a state of low activity and responsiveness.
Sunbird are active diurnal birds that generally occur in pairs or occasionally in small family groups. A few species occasionally gather in larger groups, and sunbird will join with other birds to mob potential predators, although sunbirds will also aggressively target other species, even if they are not predators, when defending their territories.

From : Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-21 3:03]

Hi Foozi,what a beautiful composition...perfect focus and sharpness on the little bird inside a red world of beautiful flower....great saturation like your style,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Ciao Foozi. Yes! Fantastic detailed and sharpened compo with the best saturation. Wonderful light too.


Hello Foozi! Nice flowers. Nice colours. Superb saturation. Good exposure. Fine sharpness. Well done!

Well composed, excellent color tone and beautiful contrast!
A gorgeous, red flower in the front side is made ahead, and the bird is happy. And, the contrast between the front and the background with blurred image draws out a good effect for the whole.

Ciao Foozi, beautiful composition with lovely bird and fantastic flowers, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and good details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-04-21 10:23]

Salaam Ya Foozi,

Many places I have seen the red, but here the red is in another tone and this looks very perfect red, also the bird is nice position. The lighting composition, every aspect is perfect also your NOTE is much helpful to understand, TFS.


hello Foozi

your photo reflect the name or species of this bird : Sunbird,
very beautiful photo with fine POV, fine focus sharpness
and details off all the photo, and very beautiful colour tones
and luminosity reflecting the the name or species of this bird : Sunbird,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-21 12:05]

Hello Foozi.
The harmony of the bird's and flowers' colours and composition are great.I like those tones of colors, POV and details.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-21 16:24]

Hi Foozi,

The first time I spotted a Sunbird when I was in India, I thought it was a hummingbird. The little one was jumping from branch to branch and it took a while until I saw it was something I had not seen before. It's not easy to capture them. He seems very interested in the red flower - the very red flower. I love how he is posing on the bush surrounded by the flowers and the wonderful bud. Nice details of the bird - even a catchlight in his eye. I just noticed that we use the same camera!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-04-21 22:46]

Merhaba Foozi,
canlı güzel renkli çiçeklerle beraber Sunbird çok güzel poz vermiş.
Tebrik ederim, sevgilerimle..

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-22 5:12]

Though the bird is small in the frame, its beautiful among the red flowers (what we call Gulmohar, here). tfs.

Hi Foozi,

The red flowers and the branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the sunbird. The late afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,
a beautiful capture of this Sunbird, very good sharpness and splendid vivid colours, a pleasant colourful composition.
Best regards

hello Foozi
beautiful coloured composition with great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Hellow Foozi,
What a colourful striking all round image.A nice balanced image with the centrally placed sunbird amongst the reds of the flowers.

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