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Chopi Blackbird

Chopi Blackbird
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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: 2013-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 6:44
Viewed: 1508
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chopi Blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi) is a species of bird in the Icteridae family. It is monotypic within the genus Gnorimopsar.

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, pastureland, and heavily degraded former forest. The Chopi Blackbird is 25 cm in length and has black plumage across the body. It is similar to the Forbes's blackbird but has a slightly curved bill with a groove along the lower mandible.

The call is a loud explosive "tjouw", either given as a single call or as a series that vary randomly in pitch.

The diet of this species is poorly known, but they have been observed feeding on arthropods and fruit, and there are recorded instances of them feeding on frogs and even predating on birds.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-08 6:51]

Hi Peter,always difficult to take good detail on a black plumage,but you work very very well,an excellent capture of this specie in a beautiful perspective and correct exposure,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast of this beautiful bird against the green-blue environment. Fantastic details and clarity. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing this interesting capture.


Hello Peter-Beautiful bird and against such bluish Sky it looks really beautiful.Nice POV with splendid sharpness.Well managed BG light.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

hallo Peter
super mooie opname met veel scherpte en prachtige kleuren
hij staat er goed op ,mooi licht erop
pracht plaat er weer bij
gr lou

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, splendid light, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-08-09 10:14]

Hi Peter,

Very nice reflections and texture of the plumage, the sharpness is good.
Not easy to take a shot, but you achieved that perfectly.
the focus is very nice, TFS.
My best regards.
john vantighem

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-09 10:53]

Hello Peter,
You did well getting the correct exposure with this all black subject. These are some of the hardest birds for me along with all white ones, when it comes to getting the right exposure and still obtaining detail. It reminds me somewhat of our Grackles, but the tail is shorter. I like the clean BG and light blue sky.

A difficult subject but a great photo Peter! The lighting is fantastic! Very good composition and impressive sharpness too!

Hi Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色黑烏的華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-08-11 22:33]

Hi Peter.
Simply amazing composition and brilliant exposure of the hero of the shot. I like simply subject a lot, combination of sunlight, light colours of the surroundings and colouration of the bird, impressive curve of the branch and slim shapes o the bird. Great job and all the best.

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