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Ultramarine Grosbeak

Ultramarine Grosbeak
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-10 5:57
Viewed: 5389
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Two weeks ago I was visiting the zoo in Arnhem, Burgers’ Zoo. A big part of this zoo consists of huge covered halls with a theme in each hall. For instance there are halls of jungle, desert, ocean and mangrove. In each hall are a lot of animals and plants. Very impressive.

This bird I found in the desert hall.

First I thought this is a Blue Grosbeak, but THANKS to Thijs (Pentaxfriend), he found the right ID and placed a beautiful photo of it yesterday.

The Ultramarine Grosbeak (Cyanocompsa brissonii) is a species of cardinal in the Cardinalidae family. It is found in a wide range of semi-open habitats in eastern and central South America, with a disjunct population in northern South America. The male closely resembles the Blue-black Grosbeak, while the females are quite different.

They are 15 cm and weight 23 g.

Song: a rich series of rising and falling warbles, wee-se-weep wee-so-weep wee see wee-so-weep.

Source: Wikipedia and Birds of Venezuela by Steve L. Hilty

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-08-10 5:59]

Hallo Peter.

Een apart vogeltje, prachtige kleur blauw. Nooit gezien, ook niet in Arnhem. Niet goed gekeken denk ik maar een plaatje om naar te kijken.

Gr. Hans

Beautiful bird Peter, great job under the low-light conditions of the "hall".
Well framed, great colors and details. Good use of your flash too.
I recently did some bird shooting under similar conditions, so I know what you were up against.
Well done :)

Hi Peter,

What a great coloured bird. Taken with good focus showing the plumage well, good eye contact with the bird. The colours are nice and vibrant. Good composition and POV
TFS regards Bill

Very clear and richly coloured shot of this beautiful blue bird, Peter.
Thanks and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-10 7:24]

Hello Peter.
Great image of this lovely Blue Grosbeak.
Perfect composition with very good sharpness, very beautiful color contrast and most wonderful feather details, soft BG and catchlight in th eye of the bird.Best regards Siggi

Amazing! It's just like a sparrow but blue. If it was April 1st I would have thought this was a coloured one.
Great capture Peter.
Cheers & TFS

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-10 7:57]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic blue colored Bird, very good photo and presentation, TFS!

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Blue Grosbeak. Very well composed with good details on body and face. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Peter,
you have captured a beautiful bird, the blue tones are wonderful.
The picture is a a wee bit dull but I suppose the light was not on your side, the bird is well exposed and all the shimmering tones are well seen.
It's also well composed with the branch in a nice diagonal.
Well done.

hallo Peter
Wat een kleuren heeft deze vogel
zo mooi en goed van scherpte en leuke pose
hij staat er goed op
super shot
groetjes lou

hello Peter

excellent photo of the Blue Grosbeak shot with fine POV
and appropriate framing, fine focus excellent sharpness
and details, the catch-light always render the photo better,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-10 9:57]

Hi Peter
That is an outstanding closed up.Excellent pov and very sharp image,you had capture plumage detail perfectely I know becaus I had try on several occasions with out succes.Nice pose and nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-08-10 10:09]

Bonjour Peter,

Good shot well exposed and sharp. Nice balanced composition leaving plenty of room infront of its eyes. Blurred BG look great and give a good seperation between the bird and the BG.


Hi Peter. Great photo of this lovely blue bird, clear details and fine composition.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-10 11:59]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of a male Blue Grosbeak. Excellent use of flash has helped with the sharpness and lighting without colour distortion. The POV and pose are great too with a perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and introducing it on TN.
Best regards,

Hallo Peter,

is de nederlandse naam blauwe bisschop?
De vogel komt me bekend voor en deze heb ik in de spreeuwenvoliere gehouden.
Mooie detaileing en kleuren en goed van scherpte.
Ik kan niet zien dat het een dierentuin foto is.


Hi Peter,

Excellent capture, the colour of this bird caught my attention straight away. Great use of the available light.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Peter
j'ai pensé 1 minute que tu l'avais plongé dans de la peinture..
mais les détails et la netteté, sont si bien rendues, que je ne peux que te féliciter

Hello Peter,
Excellent diagonal composition with beautiful bird, good blurry BG, nice colors, fine details and excellent sharpness. Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-10 16:24]

Hi Peter,

Whenever you talk about you wonderful bird parks I get very jealous. Seeing this beautiful Blue Grosbeak turns me green with envy. I had never heard of one, no less seen one. The face is beautiful and the shades of blue are heavenly. A beautiful pose, magnificent colors, and the finest of details of the face, eye, beak, feathers and plumage. A lovely setting and wonderful vertical composition.


Hi Peter,
Very nice photo of this bird with a sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours and a good POV and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-11 1:35]

What a lovely Blue Grosbeak, beautiful portrait. Good composition and fine pose with soft lighting used wonderfully. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-11 4:05]

Hello Peter,
It seems that this kind of zoos are very successful, we have one in Zurich (Masoala fauna) were animals live in a quite natural surrounding. This blue bird really has a striking plumage and your shot shows it well in a good pose on a branch.
Well chosen vertical framing too. Thanks and kind regards

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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 4:17]

Hello Peter,
A lovely bird in striking blue colour very well captured in a fine pose. Great focus on the eye and clear details of the big beak. A lovely soft background too. I'm glad they allow birds more space in many Zoos these days, much better for the birds and more enjoyable for the visitors!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-11 5:17]

Hello Peter,
such really nice blue! Such beautiful fluffy feathers. I have never seen such a lovely blue, so blue plumage.
Well presented in excellent view.
Congratulations for somethng new to me.


Hi Peter,

Great capture!
The colors, the details are very much alive.
Is really fun to watch this picture.
Thanks for sharing.

King Regards

Hello Peter
What a beautiful bird with so intense blue plumage, his pose is nice, the details are wonderful, and the whole composition is superb,
Have a good night

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-08-12 4:43]

Hi Peter,

wonderful coloured feathers you found here! Well composed shot with the Blue Grosbeack looking into the space of the left hand side of the frame, nice details too, well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-08-14 13:30]

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of this lovely blue bird in nice pose,great sharpness,colors and a perfect POV.TFS and best regards,

Ha Peter,

Mooi shot van deze "Indigovink(Passerina cyanea)"
Fantastische scherpte, Uitstekende kleuren, Prima details en een leuke pose

TFS Thijs

Buena pose para esta curiosa y bella especie que jamás había visto.
Saludos Peter.

Hallo Peter,
a superb portrait of this blue bird taken from an excellent POV in a lovely pose, splendid colours in a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-08-18 18:31]

The colors on this bird are stunning, Peter!
You did an excellent job of capturing the different shades of blue.
Great pose and composition with good DOF.
TFS : )

Hello Peter-Beautiful blue bird.Nice captured.Good colour and details.Well NOTE too from where I came to know about its Genus.Thanks for sharing.regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

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