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Blue Finch

Blue Finch
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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: 2013-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-01 6:18
Viewed: 3098
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our guide knew a place in the middle of nowhere where it could be, and look ..........

The Blue Finch, porphyrospiza caerulescens, is an uncommon bird and local (seasonal) in grassy cerrado bushes and low trees; favours rocky terrain in parts of Brazil and Bolivia.
Slender bill bright yellow (blackish culmen in female); legs reddish. Unmistakable male bright cobalt blue. Female rufous brown above; buffy whitish below streaked dusky. Molting male’s feathers are brown tipped, in some so broadly as to hide the blue. The unique yellow bill should identify the more obscure female and molting male.
Feeds mainly on ground in or near grassy cover, rarely associating with other finches.
Pairs separate out when breeding.
Male’s distinctive song, a series of high-pitched “swee-sweeu” phrases, is given from atop a shrub, low tree, or rock.

Source book: Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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amazing flying jewel, greetings Ori

Wonderful sharpness of this adorable bird. I love how the environment compliments the gorgeous blue of the bird. Very nice photo.

Hello Peter,
A very interesting bird with an amazing plumage.

Hello Peter,
An image with great perfection,outstanding plumage details and its colouts.

I rejoice in your contribution of a new species of birds to TN, Peter. You have gone a long way to fetch us this exquisite image from Brazil and we thank you for it.
It is a copy book capture of this most beautiful bird.
Thanks for sharing this picture of a Blue Finch making its maiden appearance on TN.

Hi Peter,
really nice photo of this bird. Unusual colours of the bird. Perfect point of view. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo peter
super mooie opname zo laag bij de grond
veel details, mooi en goed licht en natuurlijk deze mooie blauwe kleur dat doet het ook erg goed
Super scherp en goed genomen de vogel er helemaal op
groet lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-01 8:32]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details and pose,presented with a great POV. Well done .Regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的藍色鳥 很有層次感的羽毛
構圖漂亮 背景深遂

Hello Mr.Peter,
What a beautiful bird!And what a beautiful capture.Like the way subject got isolate from that blurry BG.Very sharp picture with excellent colour and catching light on eye.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-01 10:31]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful shots of a blue bird with nice blurred background.
Colours, details and composition are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Amazing bird and fantastic photo Peter! The pose, the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

what a beauty, with great capture. Nice to see new species on TN. Thanks for sharing Peter. I wish you a great trip. I think we will see many great posts from your Brazil tour.
All the best

Ciao Peter, congratulations for this first on TN. great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-01 14:09]

Hi Peter,this is really incredible,looks like a decoration made in plastic for the Christmas tree...ehehe...a very lucky meeting and a great capture whit the best quality as possible,your brazilian trip is full of wonders,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

ok i SOOOo have to visit BRAZIL!!!!!! AMAZING CAPTURE MY FRIEND!!

Hello Peter
Superb photo for this amazingly beautiful species. Beautiful capture of the colour, perfect focus and setting and nice eye contact
regards yiannis

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-01 23:17]

What a fantastic blue! Lovely bird in an excellent photograph!

Seems you had a great "hunt"!



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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-01 23:48]

What a great blue color of this beautiful bird. Great picture Peter! Thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

Hi Peter,
Amazing capture of this rare bird! Excellent plumage coloration, fabulous sharpness and details, and very good POV. Thanks for sharing and best regards! I don't know why there are no point images there. So I have to add two points for you this way.

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on the new species here on TN and on a beautifully rendered image. The sharpness is impressive, as awlays, and the colours are beautiful. It is a special achievemnet to have "fetched" the photo from such a remote location. Very well done.

Excellent capture of this lovely bird. Perfect exposure and details and a superb blue color.TFS,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter
Thank you to introduce this new species at TN.
Superb picture with fantastic colour with sharpness.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Beautiful specie, never seen this before, the details are amazing, wonderful capture, congrats for posting first image of this on TN. tfs

Ciao Peter. Excellent details for the blue small one. Very good details indeed. TFs th new entry.


Boa noite Peter
A brazilian beauty! Fantastic colours.Impressive sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You.
Have a good days!
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-02 19:36]

Hello Peter,
A magnificent photo of this gorgeous Blue Finch. I have never seen one of these beautiful birds until now. Love the outstanding detail you managed to capture in it's colorful plumage. Exposure is perfect and the side view pose gives us a great look at it's unique features. Outstanding work!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-02 20:48]

What a cute and colorful finch....beauty..well captured, congrats! tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-05 3:45]

Hello Peter
very pretty indeed. With wonderful colour and nice soft background, the scenery is so attractive.
Splendid presentation.


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