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Noisy Friarbird

Noisy Friarbird
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Copyright: Stuart Smyth (stuart83) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 55] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L Ř77, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 4:03
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Philemon corniculatus

The Noisy Friarbird is a large member of the honeyeater family with a distinctive naked black head and a strong bill with a prominent casque (bump) at the base. The upperparts are dark brown to grey, the underbody is off-white, with silver-white feathers around the throat and upper breast, and the tail has a white tip. It is a noisy and conspicuous bird mainly seen in small groups, usually up in trees.

Similar species
The Noisy Friarbird differs from other friarbirds by having a completely bare black head and upper neck. It can be distinguished from the similarly sized Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata when flying by its plain unstreaked upperparts, square tail with white tips, as well as the distinctive black head and bill.

The Noisy Friarbird is found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, from north-eastern Queensland to north-eastern Victoria. It is also found in southern New Guinea

The Noisy Friarbird prefers dry forests and eucalypt woodlands, as well as coastal scrub, heathlands and around wetlands and wet forests, and is found in most climate zones, extending into arid areas along rivers.

The Noisy Friarbird eats nectar, fruit, insects and other invertebrates and sometimes eggs or baby birds. They spend most of their time feeding on nectar high up in trees, only coming down to the ground occasionally to feed on insects. Often feed in noisy flocks, and with other honeyeaters such as the Red Wattlebird.

Noisy Friarbirds form long-term pairs, with both parents defending the nest and surrounds. The female builds the large, deep cup-shaped nest from bark and grass, bound with spider webs, slinging it in a tree-fork. She alone incubates the eggs, but both parents feed the young, up to three weeks after fledging.

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  • Eeros (83)
  • [2007-07-28 4:05]

Very beautiful photo with brilliant colours and sharpness. Must love composition also.
- Eero

Hi Stuart

What an excellent capture of this odd looking bird. The light was a little harsh but you have managed it very well. Perfect DoF isolating the bird from the BG. :-)

Hi Stuart
I do not think this is one of the most beautifull birds I have ever seen, but this might be true for the picture: lovely compo with flower and bird, great sharpness, very nice catchlight, perfect exposure:

Hello Stuart & welcome to TN.
Striking image. Excellent sharpness, detail, DOF, POV, composition, BG, and notes..The difficult light was handled well..
Very well done.

Hi Stuart,
Although not one of the most beautiful birds I've seen sofar :), this surely is one of the most beautiful bird images I've seen sofar.
Greatly captured on those wonderful flowers.
Composition, lighting and sharpness are spot on.
The pleasing soft background, feather details and catch light in the eye of the bird are most wonderful.
Perfect work.
Thanks for sharing, the great note and the sound to wich I did listen a few times.
Seems like these birds are trying to talk like a parrot :)
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-28 7:41]
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Hello Stuart,
Excellent capture of a Noisy Friarbird, sharp and well-composed with the orange flower against a contrasting OOF natural BG.
Fine lighting and colour. Never got close enough to this species to get a decent shot.
Regards, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-28 8:08]

Hi Stuart,

This picture is absolutely beautiful! A wonderful capture of a bird I have not seen before. We may not think he will win a beauty contest but he looks very pleased with himself. Wonderful colors, sharp details, good background and a fantastic composition.


Wonderful Friarbird image Stuart.
Everything is vey well done!

Hello Stuart,
Una muy bella, pero rara a la vez, imagen. me gusta la composición y el aspecto singular de ese pájaro.Buen trabajo. Gracias por compartir

Colourful image, Stuart.
Never saw this one before:-)
Well done

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-29 7:09]

Hi Stuart,
Great composition, light, pose and background.
TFS, José M.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-29 13:40]

That is one ugly bird, my friend. And perfectly captured! Wonderful detail and great glimpse into the environment!
Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-30 0:57]

Hi Stuart,
This is a very interesting bird for me, never seen it before. Composition, POV, colors, lighting, details and pose are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Stuart, this is an awesome, dare I say beautiful, shot of a very ugly bird. I saw these guys in when I was up your way last month. This composition of yours is excellent. The bird almost looks like part of the bouquet. Your lighting, colour and detail are all excellent. I love that eye.

Thanks, John

Hi Stuart,
a clear and sharp pic of this strange bird. great work. TFS

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