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Common Iora on areca palm

Common Iora  on  areca palm
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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: 2011-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-06 2:03
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Points: 46
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The Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) is a small passerine bird found across the tropical Indian Subcontinent with populations showing plumage variations, some of which are designated as subspecies. A species found in scrub and forest, it is easily detected from its loud whistles and the bright colours. During the breeding season, males display by fluffing up their feathers and spiral in the air appearing like a green, black, yellow and white ball.
Ioras have a pointed and notched beak with a culmen that is straight. The Common Iora is sexually dimorphic, males in the breeding season have a black cap and back adding to a black wing and tail at all seasons. Females have greenish wings and an olive tail. The undersides of both are yellow and the two white bars on the wings of the male are particularly prominent in their breeding plumage. The males in breeding plumage have a very variable distribution of the black on the upperparts and can be confused with Marshall's Iora, however, the latter always has white tips to the tail.The nominate subspecies is found along the Himalayas and males of this population are very similar to females or have only a small amount of black on the crown. In northwestern India, septentrionalis is brighter yellow than others and in the northern plains of India humei males in breeding plumage have a black cap and olive on the upper mantle. In southwestern India and Sri Lanka multicolor has the breeding males with a jet black cap and mantle. The forms in the rest of southern India are intermediate between multicolor and humei with more grey-green on the rump (formerly considered as deignani but now used for the Burmese population).

Several other populations across Southeast Asia are designated as subspecies including philipi of southern China and northern Thailand/Laos, deignani of Myanmar, horizoptera of southern Myanmar and the island chain of Sumatra, cambodiana of Cambodia, aeqanimis of Palawan and northern Borneo, viridis of Borneo and scapularis of Java and Bali.

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Ciao Foozi, lovely composition with nice bird, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Very nice captured of this little bird, good used of fill in flash, great sharpness details and beautiful natural colours a lovely nature picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Beautiful Iora and colorful too. Do they eat areca or just looking for insects here? good observation. tfs.

I found this bird in Santiniketan also. great sharp picture with perfect colour.

Ciao Foozi. Amazing light and colours for the bird in dynaci posture.


Hello Foozi

Excellent photo shot at the bird's pose best
moment while he is eating fruit, love that hard
light where it is putting the bird more in evidence,



A great photo of an interesting bird, the great moment.

Hi Foozi
Very beautiful capture. Love the colors and light. Great composition and sharpness. Congrats!
Best regards

good shot in difficult conditions (all very green and yellow). good work

Excellent photo, good detail and light.
Nice pose and composition. A lovely setting with good colours.
regards yiannis

hello Foozi
very nice and sharpness picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Interesting bird Foozi! Beautiful photo with good composition, nice colours and good sharpness!

HI Foozi,
nice photo of this bird. I like these vivid warm colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-06 11:10]

Hello Foozi.
Fantastic photo of this Common Iora in a very beautiful composition. Nice pose too. Good sharpness, POV and DOF.Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
What a lovely picture.
Well done.

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful capture taken with natural colours, great sharpness and fine details. Excellent use of flash, too. Well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-06 18:41]

Hello Foozi!
Excellent job with great timing and fine details in the difficul light conditions.Well done!TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-07 4:51]

Hello Foozi,
An interesting and cute little bird presented in a vivid way just feeding on some berries. Your picture looks just like a window open on nature. Lovely green and yellow color-combination.
Thanks and kind regards

Foozi - the colors are amazing with great composition. the sharpness near is eye is really great. tfs

Salam Foozi,
The areca nut provides an excellent setting for Iora to pick on. Love the sharpness and framing giving our pleasing color tones and details.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2012-02-08 7:52]

Salaam Ya Foozi,
Very attractive subject wearing a beautiful colour and well lit exposure with fill in flash also the composition is excellent, TFS.

Hi Foozi,

The tree is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Common Iora. The combination of the morning light and of the light of the flash have a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful capture, very good sharpness and bright colours, excellent point of view and very beaituf environment
Best regards

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