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Paradisaeidae - Local bird of Paradise

Paradisaeidae - Local  bird of Paradise
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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: 2010-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-08 3:15
Viewed: 3783
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This portrait is captured in a mini local zoo in my place. This bird is a legend, where it is belief to originate from the sky. ( Definitely not! Maybe it coincide with the name paradisae... )
But it has a special place in the heart of the locals, as it long tail is also placed on the sultan's headgear a few decades ago. Legend has it that this bird only drink dew and flies in the sky and would die if it touches the ground. The most outstanding story is that its body would not rot when dead.
Maybe due to the fact that it is quite rare to see.

But this is the scientific information about the bird.
The birds-of-paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes. The majority of species in this family are found on the island of New Guinea and its satellites, with a few species occurring in the Moluccas of Indonesia and eastern Australia. The family has forty species in 13 genera. The members of this family are perhaps best known for the plumage of the males of most species, in particular highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings or head. For the most part they are confined to dense rainforest habitat. The diet of all species is dominated by fruit and to a lesser extent arthropods. The birds-of-paradise have a variety of breeding systems, ranging from monogamy to lek based polygamy.

The family is of cultural importance to the inhabitants of New Guinea. The trade in skins and feathers of the birds-of-paradise has been going on for two thousand years, and the birds have been of considerable interest to western collectors, ornithologists and writers as well. A number of species are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

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Hi Foozi,

a great capture of a magnificent bird, particularly impressive is the sharpness and clarity of the shot allowing us to see the fine detail.Good colour and BG.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-08 4:00]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful portrait of this Bird-of-paradise. Great sharpness and details. Very nice clear colours. Good choice of composition.

This is a spectacular creature Foozi.
An amazing iridescent green mask.
What a cool shot. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Foozi,
An outstanding close up with such clarity.I like that little flash reflection in the eye.The colours of the beak are really extraordinary which you have brought out with perfection.The shiny greens atop and below the black plumage is rather unique, well taken MF.

Hello Foozi,
Great portrait of this Bird of Paradise. Excellent sharp details, good composition, beautiful natural colours and very nice contrasting BG. Well done!

Hallo Foozi
This is a great portrait the colours and detail is very sharp and clear and really beautiful. I like the 2 shaded sharp beak, the swanky crest and the olive metallic colour of the plumage on its throat. The big eye is beautiful and the flashlight you captured within it really lovely. A great image which is presented in fine style and glamour. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-08 6:05]

Beautiful profile of extraordinary bird of paradise, good colors and shapes. tfs.

woww.. what a beauty that i saw firstly MF Foozi!
The shallow DOF has created a wonderful soft green background, which isolates the bird well. Details on plummages are superb MF!
TFS and have a nice sunday and new week!


hello Foozi
Wauwh this a super shot
so many details and super colours
very good sharpness and nice BG
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
A nice captured portrait of this beautiful bird. Very well composed with excellent sharp details and also a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-08 9:37]

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful portrait of this Paradise bird,good sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent POV and composition with a lovely pose of this marvellous bird.Best regards Siggi

Hi, Foozi,
A very good foreground; excellent sharpness and contrast. The legend, is very interesting.
Salutacions cordials,

Hello Foozi,
Great portrait of this superb bird. Wonderful colours and very good details.
Excellent POV and useful photographer's note.

Hi Foozi,

A great portrait picture with good of sharpness and details.
A pity they hold such birds in cages.
Fine clarity colours.


Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful portrait of this bird of Paradise, superb sgharpness and fine detail, fantastic colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Foozi,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the head of the bird of paradise. The blurry background is putting in evidence the bird. Have a nice day.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-08-08 13:59]

Hello Foozi,
What a great portrait of this interesting bird in excellent colors.Very good sharpness and details.TFS.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-08 15:22]

Hi Foozi,

I have never seen this amazing looking bird before! A magnificent close-up showing off his strong beak, beautiful and unusual feathers and the big round eye. Colors, details and textures are superb. A wonderful profile against the two colored background.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-09 4:34]

Dear Foozi,
Again such a striking shot, this time just the head of a most beautiful paradise-bird. And what an expression you caught! Lovely colors and an excellent composition in your personal style. Bravo!
Kind regards

Hello Foozi
What a wonderful portrait !!! this bird is soo beautiful, a have never seen this species before, superb details and colors, amazing composition with lovely BG
Have a good night

hello Foozi

great portrait shot of this exotic bird,
with excellent eye-contact and beautiful
or i would say « happy » expression of this glance,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-11 11:37]

Hello Foozi,
A great portrait of this beautiful bird of Paradise showing fantastic details and colours. I'd love you to show us the whole bird too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hola Foozi

Vaya que buen macro y que perfecta nitidez de esta especie de ave, una muy bonita composición y contraste.

un saludo de Antonio

Salam Aleykum.
Such an unique find.
Never knew such beauty existed in our dangerously polluted mother earth. For how long????
Warm regards from COLD COLD Canada from your brother, M.

Hi Foozi,

this is too cute! Very nice bird and very nice close up / portrait of this one. Nice colours. Very sharp and clear image!
Very well composed!


Salam Foozi.
The light is fabulous and I like the way this Paradisaeidae looking at your camera. The focus is flawless and framing is beautiful as always. Very well exposed details of another stunning mugshot.
Thanks and kind regards,

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