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Another Happy Couple

Another Happy Couple
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Personal Bird Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 20:17
Viewed: 3600
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lorikeets have become a popular exhibit bird in this area and it's not difficult to see why. They tend to pair bond and stay together. This couple actually was having some sort of argument, but by the time I was able to get the camera focused, they had adopted this pose.
These are green naped lorikeets, Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus.
Lorikeets have specialized tongues for feeding on nectar with hair-like structures called 'papillae' that line the end of the tongue in the shape of a "U". When a lorikeet extends its tongue during feeding, the papillae stand on end, like bristles on a brush, allowing nectar and pollen to be easily soaked up. Unique to lorikeets, this trait has earned them the nickname "brush-tongued" parrots.
A second feature, unique to lorikeets, is the shape of their beaks. The upper mandible has a long, pointed tip and much narrower structure than other parrots which serves to extract seeds from cones and other hard vegetation. The birds will scrape the fruit on the inside of their bill and remove the sweet juices with their specialized tongues.
Approximately 70% of their day is spent feeding, and lorikeets will travel more than 30 miles a day to find food. Some lorikeets can feed on as many as 650 flowers each day.
They are constantly active and noisy, feeding in large groups and even in the company of other parrots or other honey-eating birds.
Taken at the Columbus Zoo.

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Hi Greg,
An explosion of vibrant colors. I took some shots of these at the zoo, but they were not that great. This pair looks superb. Nice sharp detail and a great pose captured. Great camera work!

I really like how these birds are fondly eyeing each other.

Hi Greg,
Fantastic capture! Beautiful colours, very sharp and clear details.
Thanks for sharing!

Que d'amour dans ces regards et quelle explosion de couleurs! Magnifique image.

a very nice photo greg,
a pleasure to look at, marvelous composition, good colours, well it's just good, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-29 12:43]

Hi Greg,
Wonderful coloured couple! Very cute pose and good sharpness. Nice frame too.
Very well done and tFS
(2 days ago I tried to photograph some birds, I now know how difficult this is!)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-29 13:59]

What a lovely couple that you have very well captured. It is great how it is beautiful as they are looked at tenderly. The colors, sharpness and DOF are excellent. Congratulations Alexei and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Fantastic use of colour and I love the pose they have adopted.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-30 2:31]

Hello Greg,
A great capture of these two colorful lorikeets interacting.
Good composition with the pair next to each other just so,
and the colors are beautiful.
They are such fun birds to watch and photograph.
TFS. : )

Hi Greg,
This is a really good portrait of these colorful birds. Their expressions fits with you title. They seem very happy indeed :-) I like your framing and DOF. Great details too. TFS,

Hello Greg,
this is a fantastic picture. I like it very much. Brillant colours, excellent sharpness, POV and superb compensation. Thank you for posting.

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