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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-26 17:34
Viewed: 7003
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 93
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is hardly a more diverse family of birds in the world than the Cuculidae. The variety ranges from parasitic songsters that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds (the classic Old World cuckoo) to large & rangy ground-feeders like the Guira Cuckoo of southern South America (above) to secretive beasts whose gurgling "waterbottle" calls can dominate an African landscape, such as the Burchell's Coucal. The biodiversity in this group may support the growing feeling among ornithologists that the wonderfully strange birds which comprise the current "family" should more properly separated into four to six different families. The relationship of the groups of these birds to each other is still very uncertain.


It's a "bird of eastern tropical South America in the cuckoo family, Cuculidae. It is 40 cm (16 inches) long, with gray-brown streaked body, short frowsy crest, and a thinner bill than that of its close relatives, the anis. Guiras live in small flocks in grasslands and feed on grasshoppers and other insects. Guiras, like anis, give off a strong, pungent odour".


ISO 400
Neat Image to get rid of some noise on the bg

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Hello Livio !
Very nice shot. Beautiful image with good framing, POV, colors and composition you have caught. Congratulations,

What a beautiful, amazing bird! and great shot. Background is perfect, like the green tones. Good job, keep on upload...


Hello Livio,
This is excellent..The light, color, exposure, DOF, sharpness tail-up pose - all Excellent! Great Bg for this also.
Very well done.

Muito bom registo nunca tinha visto nenhum

SIGH!!! beautiful!!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-26 18:11]

Hi Livio,
Another beauty! This cuckoo seems to really enjoy posing for you. : )
You are indeed the "pied piper" of Patos de Minas. : )
This one is really showing his stuff: wonderful display of feathers, impertinent pose, as alert as can be. Sharp details and gorgeous light and colors. I wish you had cloned out the wire though.
TFS the wonderful diversity of birds of Brazil. : )

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-02-26 18:12]

Hello Livio,
Great shot, love the colours and his eyes.

Wow... what a nice shot. Everything here is excellent Livio. I particularly like the light and the OOF BG. Nice work! :-)

Awesome shot Livio, the cuckoo on the nice green background is absolutely beautiful. :)

My goodness! That takes the prize for today. Fantastic in every way. Congratulations!

TRÈS BELLE PRISE DE VUE, les couleurs sont superbes , beau contraste belle composition.cette oiseau est de toute beauté.Merci de me l'avoir fait découvrir
Bravo eta la prochaine....JP

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-26 20:14]

Hi Livio,
Brilliant shot!
Very sharp and detailed image, great POV,
nicely composed, good DOF.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Livio
I love this cuculideas bird and the ones that you have posted previusly.
You have really done a wonderful job photographing them
Thank you so much for shearing them with us.
Olá Livio eu amo este pássaro de cuculideas e os que você colocou previamente.
Você realmente fez um trabalho maravilhoso os que fotografa.
Obrigado tanto para cortar os conosco.

Hi Livio,
This one is a beauty. The light here was soft and wonderful. Amazing color and very sharp detail. Your control on the DOF was perfect. Great OOF backround really makes him stand out well. This one rocks my friend!

Truly an odd bird in a marvelous photo! The clarity and sharpness are amazing, Livio! I love the bokeh effect in the background, too. Just a super shot that made my day. Thanks!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-26 23:46]

Hi Livio this is my most favourite bird of yours. He always looks so quaint, with his 'mad' look in his eyes and angle of his head!
I love seeing him standing here on the fence post. colours and d etails are all perfect. Well done,

Hi Livio!
Amazing DOF and clarity. You have captured the bird in an interesting posture that highlights each of its features very well.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-27 2:03]

Hello Livio,
An amazing looking bird!
You've captured it very well.
A great pose,good sharpness and a superb background.
A great shot.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-27 4:05]

Hello Livio!
Excellent capture.I liked colors,POV,blurred BG,sharpness
and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-27 5:49]

Hello Livio,

Excellent macro,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. Well done

Another great shot Livio. Excellent composition. This one is really sharp and in a great pose. Well done.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-27 6:53]

Hi Livio!
Great pose and capture of this interesting bird!
Well done!

Great shot, Livio - well timed and well captured. It really shows the character of these flying clowns! Excellent, and thanks for posting it.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-27 8:49]

Hi Livio!

Pity that these birds don't live in my country :-) Great, 'rogue' pose, I bet these birds are real fighters. Picture is detailed and I like dark green BG also.

Love the chance to get a look at such a character. What colourful and interesting birds. The composition doesn't really work for me though. The blank space up at the top seems to be just empty for the point of being empty. I find myself looking away from the bird following his gaze. Nice and sharp but I don't love it because of the composition.


Hi Livio,
it's a very good picture with great details.
Pity that the tail not is in DOF.
Lovely colours and very good POV. Maybe I should have cropped it in a different way. It's a little to much space above and
in the down I should cut out the wire.
I did a ws to show.
Great work, my friend.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-02-27 10:08]

Strange bird that I've never seen before.
Great pose. All the attention is drawn to the eye. Great performance!



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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-27 10:19]

Hello Livio ,Beautifull photo ,nice pose ,
good sharpnes colours pov and dof lovely bird . greeting Teunie .

Hi Livio!
Extra photo!! Beautiful colors and light. Excellent composition, DOF and details. Congratulation!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-02-27 14:52]

Absolutely magnificent. The pose, details and exposure. Everything.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-27 15:04]

Hi Livio,
this is beautiful, amazing colors on this bird. The POV and background are excellent. Great composition.

Hi Livio,
this is realy my favourite bird, I love this funny guy with the beautiful tail-feathers.
Excellent shot, thank you so much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

It's an outstanding shot!
The pose of the bird is superb and POV seems o be perfect as well. I just have feeling the framing isn't the best. It would also be great if the tail would have been in focus. The DOF is slightly too shalow but overall the picture looks great.

Hello Livio,

Amazing capture of this very cool bird.

I love the wonderful colors, BG, details, and pose.

I have to agree with Gert in his ws, I would have done the same...

However, a beautiful posting and I thank you for it!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-27 20:53]

Livo.- Grandes detalles en esta tu foto, tiene muy buenos colores y el fondo le da un toque especial, me pregunto si esta ave esta enojada pues parece un gallo de pelea. Felicidades Luis52. Tu nota muy buena tambien.

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  • millen (113)
  • [2006-02-27 21:25]

uma obra prima! Um pássaro muito bonito que sua fotografia valorizou ainda mais. Parabéns por mais este trabalho excelente!

La lumiere, la couleur le BG. Encore une belle capture.

Merci Livios

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-02-28 2:31]

Hi Livio,
fantastic shot, very good quality of photo. I like the sharpness, colours and DOF. Excellent work.
Rgs, Aleksander

que dire livio
a chaque fois tout est bon.les details et les couleurs,le POV et le BG.
juste bravo.

Great picture. The bird is almost coming out of the screen! Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

AMAZING CAPTURE! So beautiful! Colors are wonderful. Everything is perfect. CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for sharing!

Amazing capture Livio!!!

Hi Livio,
What a great capture! I just love the way the bird looks like - you got it in the perfect pose with the feathers showing their splendor.
I also like the the result from the workshop.
TFS - Shir

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-11-23 6:34]

what a beautiful image it is...


Hi Livio,

Wonderful picture! I like the colors, blurred background and the details in the bird. I also agree with the workshop. The wire and the space above are distracting. Actually so distracting that nobody noticed the missing toe on the cuckoo's right leg. Or, am I wrong? Poor little bird! Even hurt, it gave you the opportunity to take one of the best bird pictures on TN. You're lucky to have such diverse wildlife in your country. Hope to see more beautiful pictures from you! Thanks for sharing!


Hi Livio
Contratulations on being featured today Feb 26, 2007. This Cuculidae is a very unique species of bird. Your notes are informative. He's beautifully capture in the soft lighting. Strong detail and nicely composed.
TFS Janice

Nice Shot!

Funny fellow you captured here, Livio.
Very good moment.
Well done

Great shot. Excellent details and sharply focussed. The blurred out bg looks good. The branches in the bg create a little bit of distraction, but other than that I like the picture very much.

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