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Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-19 3:40
Viewed: 4022
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.

The name Tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the formal common name. Note that there is no letter 's' in the Maori language, so the plural is simply 'Tui.' The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in religious attire.

Tui have faded browner patches on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen which varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.

Tui are found through much of New Zealand, particularly the North Island, the west and south coasts of the South Island, Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands- where an endangered sub-species particular to these islands exists . Populations have declined considerably since European settlement, mainly because of habitat destruction but also from hunting and imported mammalian predators.

Nonetheless, the species is considered secure and has made recoveries in some areas, particularly after removal of livestock has allowed vegetation to recover. Predation by introduced species remains a threat, particularly stoats, the Common Myna (which competes with Tui for food and sometimes takes eggs), and rats.

Tui prefer broadleaf forests below 1500 metres but will tolerate quite small remnant patches, regrowth, exotic plantations and well-vegetated suburbs. They are usually seen singly, in pairs, or in small family groups, but will congregate in large numbers at suitable food sources, often in company with Silvereyes, Bellbirds (another New Zealand honeyeater), or Kererū (native New Zealand pigeon). Generally when interspecific competition for the same food resources among New Zealand's three species of honeyeater occurs, there is a hierarchy which the Tui is at the top of, with bellbirds and stitchbirds successively subordinate to the species above them - they are thus frequently chased off by Tui at a food source such as a flowering flax plant.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 8:46 a.m.
Date: 26th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/640
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 275mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
another excellent shot from this beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness, great POV and natural colours too. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • nathan (44)
  • [2006-12-19 4:11]

Very good capture of this wonderful NZ bird. Good compo and detail.

Well done

Another cool image of the Tui Pam.
Great sharpness brings out the detail in the plumage and the flowers its in. Good OOF backgrouhnd.

hi pam,
lovely shot,
nice pov, good dof,
excellent colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Pam,
Wonderful shot of this bird.
Clear details and sharpness.
Great job.
Well done

Hello Pam
This one is perfect like the others in the series.
Great colors, details POV and BG.

Hi Pam,
Compo is very busy and very good.
Excellent sharpness; this covers very well the DOF range.
Good towards underexposing tending colors which is not a critique here, on the contrary.
Well done

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-19 11:35]

Hi Pam

He is trying to play 'hide and seek' with you, but his curiosity had the better of him and this flax is by far not sufficient to provide him the cover he thought he might enjoy. The eye of the Canon caught him.

It is a great composition showing this interesting bird in its natural environment. The colourful buds of the flax add to the final impact of the shot. The DOF was well selected and it gave excellent sharpness to the subject while the BG is well removed and OOF. The exposure was also well controlled with the soft midmorning light.

Well done and TFS.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-19 12:27]

cudne foto Pam, mimo ze ptak zasloniety to calosc bardzo fajnie zagrala.
pozdrawiam Marcin

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-19 13:11]

Lovely Composition, Pam!
The Tui seem almost part of the flower as they are both equally sharp. This, together with composition and lighting make this presentation a joy to see.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Pam , great pose, wonderful colors, lovely composition, splendid details, very well done.
~Merry Christmas!~
Ciao Silvio

Perfect meld of plant and animal, love the shot, sure would love to shoot one too! Well taken!


Félicitation pour cette merveilleuse prise de vue avec ce bel oiseau dans une pose qui n'est pas familiêre sur le site.Tu as très bien su profiter du beau soleil que noius avions pour donner tout l'éclat aux belles couleurs et aux détails de cet oiseau et de cette belle fleur
Bravo et merci pour cette belle prise...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-19 19:45]

Hello Pam

I really like the composition on this shot.The plant looks like it is cradling the Tui like a large set of hands.Very nice natural colours.Excellent POV and DOF.The details are very sharp and crisp.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-20 3:19]

That is an absolutely gorgeous picture, Pam.
The bird is beautiful, but I love the flower just as much,
and the whole composition is superb.
The colors are exquisite, and you really did a good job framing it. Congratulations!
TFS. : )

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-20 12:12]

Hello Pam,

Very nice picture of this endemic bird...! Great exposition, excellent sharpness and perfect POV... The colors looks very natural too! Well done and TFS,


Hello Pam
Very nice shot of bird,
Perfect focusing,Beautiful


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