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red-legged Honeycreeper

red-legged Honeycreeper
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1 D X, Canon 600mm f/4 II + Canon 1.4 III conve
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-11 19:56
Viewed: 1637
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my trip to Costa Rica.

Red-legged Honeycreeper is a small bird with bright colours. Male and female are very different.
Adult male in breeding plumage has black upperparts. Scapulars, rump and upper tail coverts are bright blue. Tail feathers and wings are black.
On the underparts, plumage is bright blue overall, except on lower belly, vent, undertail coverts and rectrices which are black. On the under wings, coverts and inner webs of flight feathers are bright yellow, conspicuous in flight.
Head is bright blue, but crown is rather turquoise. Lores are black as small mask, extending around the eyes. The long, blackish bill is slender and down curved. Eyes are dark brown. Legs and feet are bright red.
Adult male in basic plumage has green plumage overall, but lores are dark, and it has streaked lemon throat and underparts. Wings and tail are black.
Adult female has green head and upperparts, with brownish lores and pale stripe above the eye. Flight feathers and tail are brown.
Underparts are yellow-green, with lemon streaks on throat and breast. Belly and undertail coverts are lemon. Flanks are green. Legs and feet are pinkish-red.
Juvenile is similar to female, with brown legs.

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Hi, Peter. This is a very pretty small bird bright colors. The plumage is excellent, sharpness, exposure and the plain depth of field makes this photograph exceptionally good. Thank you for the informative note.

Is something special, a colorful bird probably occurs only in Osta Rica. Magnificent and exceptional image. Much appreciated Peter.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-12 12:56]

HI Peter,it seems a but curious watching you and what are you do...ehehe..beautiful capture of this magnificent blue jewel,great sharpness and bright colors despite the dark light! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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