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Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-19 7:48
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Todays post is from my archives. Keel-billed Toucan captured in Belize summer 2006.
20D @ 400mm, handhold, 1/50sec. natural light ISO-800. Sometimes you can walk a round looking for the birds up in the trees and when you are tired and no good shots... you simply look down and you have bird 10M from you almost on the ground trying to get rest of my papaya which I lost on the ground...

The Keel-Billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus, is a colorful South and Central American bird with a large bill. This social bird lives in small flocks in lowland rain-forests, but as it is a poor flayer, the toucan moves mostly by hopping around trees.

Keel-billed toucans average around 20 inches in length. Their large and colorful bills averages around 5-6 inches, but can be up to one third of its length.

Keel billed toucans can be found from Southern Mexico to around Venezuela and Colombia. They roost in the canopies of tropical, subtropical, and lowland rain-forests...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-19 7:58]

Hello Ralf, this is a great picture of an exceptional bird, can you imagine one in flight? Wow, great colours, beautiful background,beautiful details and sharpness. Thank you for sharing an exotic beauty,


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  • Ric Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (146)
  • [2007-12-19 8:37]

Hi Ralf,
Nice photo, showing real colors and nice details and sharpness. The background is beautiful but maybe a little dark on the right.
Thanks and best regards

Hello Ralf,
A colorful bird. Sharp with nice natural color. The bird stands out nicely from soft background. TFS the beauty from Belize.

Hello Ralf,
Beautifil Toucan. Well photographed in what appears, if you don't take into acount the papaya,
its habitat.

Hi Ralf,
fine shot of this Toucan.
Great POV and colors show well.
Pleasing composition.
Lucky you for getting such a close shot!

Hello Ralf,
Excellent composition of this beautiful Toucan!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details to enjoy and view
very well done and with a wonderful notes
many thanks

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-19 9:13]
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Hej Ralf,
I wonder why you've kept this back! It's fantastic!! These fruit-lovers are so gorgeous and you captured this one at close range showing razor sharp details and beautiful colours. I love its pose on the log and the composition is excellent.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Oj vad jag längtar till regnskogen!!

Ralf, Wow! What a colorful bird. You really have steady hand to shoot this at 1/50 holding the 400 mm lens on hand. The color of the bark complements.
- Murali Santhanam

Nice close up of this colourful bird. Well done
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-19 9:21]

Hi Ralf,

Beautiful shot of this amazing looking bird. Fantastic colors and razor sharp details. That beak is really something! Nice pose and a lovely setting.


Hi Ralf,
Great story and a beautiful portrait of this Toucan. I never saw one this close when I was in Belize many years ago!. The composition is excellent and the colours vibrant, without being too oppressive. Focus and DOF are just right. Well done, and thanks.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-19 9:56]

Hej Ralf,
Great portrait of a Keel-billed Toucan. The sharpness, lighting, colours and composition are all first class.
Well done and TFS!

Ha det så bra i Spanien!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-19 11:59]

Hello Ralf,
Very beautiful of this Toucan. Sharpness, pose, DOF, POV and colours are excellent.
I think I've seen them near Tikal, years ago, but not so close. Wonderful!

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-12-19 14:03]

Hi Ralf
Stunning shot
Beautiful color bird you captured
Exceptional colors on the bill
Excellent detail and sharpness
tfs jon

G'day Ralph
A beautifull almost cheeky toucan portraite.
Its as though theres a reply of oh was that your papaya I did'nt know!
TFS Paul

Hi Ralf, great Toucan portrait with splendid colors, excellent details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-12-20 7:17]

Hi Ralf
Excellent composition of this beautiful Toucan!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-20 10:45]

Hi Ralf
This is wonderfull picture of an exeptional bird.
Very natural color and sharp details.
well done.

Hi Ralf

Lucky you, I saw several Keel-bills, but never long enough to shoot. Did get some nice Emerald Tucanets thought.

Good shot, especially at 1/50 sec and good light. They are a spectatcular bird in the wild. Great stuff.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-02-04 10:32]

Belissímo tucano do bico verde realmente ficou magnífico esta foto meus parabéns.

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