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Long-Tailed Hermit

Long-Tailed Hermit
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-15 20:50
Viewed: 5788
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent vacation in Panama.
Soberenia National Park - Pipeline Road

Long-tailed Hermit (Phaethornis superciliosus) is a large hummingbird that is a resident breeder in Venezuela, the Guianas, and north-eastern Brazil.

The Long-tailed Hermit inhabits forest undergrowth, usually near water and its preferred food plants. It is 13.5 cm long and weighs 4-6 g. The bill is very long and decurved (3.6-4.3 cm), with a red tipped black lower mandible, and the central feathers of the tapered tail are long (6.3-6.8 cm) and white-tipped.

The adult Long-tailed Hermit is mainly dull brownish green above with a buff-tinged rump. It has a dark mask through the eye, bordered above and below with whitish-buff stripes. The underparts are pale greyish-buff in colour. The sexes are similar, although the female is slightly smaller.

During the breeding season, male Long-tailed Hermits sing in communal leks of up to several dozen birds, and also wiggle their long tails in display. Competitive lek singing can occupy half of the daylight hours, the purpose of course being to attract females. The female selects the best lek singer to mate with. The song consists of sharp tsuk sounds.

The female Long-tailed Hermit is solely responsible for nest construction, incubation and feeding the young. She lays two white eggs in a conical nest of fibres and cobwebs suspended under a large Heliconia or banana leaf.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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really good sharpness and in flight without a flower, it is really amazing! would give you 10 if I could

Hi Mario,
High quality, first class image of this Long-tailed Hermit, fascinating photo indeed!
Best Regards,
George Veltchev

Fantastic capture.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2010-04-16 3:22]

Hi Mario
Very nice image,good pose for this hummingbird.
Perfect capture of flying bird.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Mario,
this is a hight class picture of the Long talied Hermit.
The bird is really sharp with almost perfect DOF, the whole
bird is in fine focus and still stand out nicely against the blurred BG.
Great work,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-16 5:48]

Hi Mario
This is outstanding.What a great sharp image with fantastic detail.Excellent framing and nice catch light in the eye.I like the positions of the wings it give a lot of action to the image.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-16 11:00]

Hello Mario,
What a fantastic photo! Sharpness and details are really amazing in this flying hermit. Great clarity with beautiful natural colours and a very nice contrasting BG. Excellent DOF.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-04-17 3:30]

Great photo of an interesting bird with a long beak and tail :)

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