Fig Bird (Sphecotheres viridis)
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|Fig Bird (Sphecotheres viridis) |
Description: Fig Birds are also called Orioles. The male Fig Bird has a black head with a bright orange or red patch around his eye. Their wings are dusky green and they have a white chest. The chin to breast is grey. The female is olive-brown on their upper body with dark patches and their faces have a purple-grey patch. Under their body is whitish but streaked with dark brown. They grow to about 27-30cm.
Voice: Fig Birds are noisy and chattering, and are often found with other fruit eaters.
Habitat: Fig Birds are colonial and live in small groups through the breeding months. They inhabit the edges of rainforest, eucalyptus forest and woodlands, mangroves, watercourses, parks, gardens and orchards.
Food: All types of fruit, as well as figs, native berries and cultivated fruit such as bananas and pawpaws. They also eat chillies.
Breeding: Fig Birds breed from October to February, and lay 2-3 eggs each. Both parents care for young. When they are not breeding, they congregate in flocks of mostly immature birds, scrounging for food in tree foliage. The Fig Bird makes a suspended hammock-like nest of vines and twigs in a horizontal fork near the end of a branch from 3-6m off the ground. Unfortunately like to many othe bird nesters are interested in man made ropes which can intangle the young resulting in distressed consequences.
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- [2007-05-10 19:40]
Hello Paul, very nice shot of this Fig bird, great capture..well done
Another interesting bird that I've not seen before.A good composition and a good note.
I notice the focus is a little clearer on the tail than on the head. Its a good idea to try and get the focus on the head.I think in this case it would have given you a better overall DOF.
There is a bit of UV glare too which has 'bleached' the colour somewhat and caused a bjuish haze.
I've done a wee workshop to show how you can remedy this.Hope you don't mind.
- [2007-05-11 3:54]
Paul, Very nice shot with little focus required as mentioned by Lordpotty. But a very interesting shot and perhaps a little more extra space for the bird would have been better. Rgds Ganesh
- [2007-05-11 8:36]
bonne image avec un BG tout en lumière. Le sujet est bien cadré, la netteté est excellente. Effectivement ça manque lumière naturel, mais cela reste une vraie bonne image.