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Blue Bird (Male)

Blue Bird (Male)
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Copyright: cecilia lazzaro (cecilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-08 0:00
Viewed: 2873
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone, sorry I have been gone for so long but I recently discovered a treasure in our property. While Greg and I were out working to clear away trees and cut down some underbrush I discovered a Civil War, stoneware ginger beer bottle. Since that day and to Greg's dismay I have been digging up our yard all over the property! I have found over 150 bottles dating between 1700 and 1800. Just yesterday I dug up a flask from the 1800's that is valued at 1,500 dollars. Needless to say I have had no time for photography but now I know how Indiana Jones feels on one of his digs! Took a shot of this Blue Bird just as the evening sun was settling.


Blue Bird:

Description: Eastern Bluebirds are small thrushes (approximately seven inches in length) with short black bills and chestnut breasts, throats, and flanks. The chestnut of the throat extends to the sides of the neck. The belly and undertail coverts are white. Males are deep blue on the head, nape, back, wings, and tail. Females have gray-blue upperparts with a gray-brown wash on the back. There is a thin, white eye ring. The wings and tail are washed with dull blue. The female’s orange underparts are paler than those of the male.

Cool fact: Eastern Bluebird populations declined in recent years to as low as 17 percent of their previous numbers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Reasons postulated for this decline include severe winters, harmful effects from the use of pesticides to control fire ants, and competition with other hole nesters for increasingly scarce nest sites.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-08 0:20]

Cecilia our Bottle Digger - go for it girl. But I do miss your beautiful photos - this is awesome. So sharp and colourful, excellent pose too.
So, when all the land is dug up, and the grass seed is sown, and the roses are blooming, we'll see you again - hopefully.
Best regards

Hi Cecilia

Your new found hobby sounds fascinating. What an adventure, and in your own back yard!

The plumage colours are lovely. Nice pose, good catchlight in the eye and excellent DoF. TFS

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-08 2:15]

Hello Cecilia,
Excellent bluebird capture. Colors are beautiful and the contrast with the smooth background certainly helps. Good for you that you can now finance your photography through archaelogy. Regards,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-08 3:27]

Hello Cecilia,
the colour combination of the bird is fantastic. And also your image is really fine.
How long will it take before we can see your actions in Google earth? :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-08 4:23]

Hello Cecilia,
Very fine capture of this beautiful Bluebird nicely perched against a very fine background.
Excellent sharp details and lovely colours.
You must have had an exciting time - perhaps there was a Pub in your garden in the old days! :-)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Cecilia,
Outstanding image!
It's very good the sharpness and high quality of the picture.
You got a lot of cristal clear details on the bird, and also an excellent pose.
I like very much also the busy but wonderfully blurred background, that thanks to the light creates a great patterns on it.
Congratulations for the picture and for all the discovers made in your property, it sounds very exciting to go in search of it.
My best regards,

Hi Cecilia,
Do you need any digging help?:-)
Photo is very beautiful...
TFS and keep on digging...I mean posting;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-08 9:52]

Hello Cecilia,
Very nice capture.POV,3D effect,crisp clear eyes,colors and framing are wonderful.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-08 10:15]

Hello Cecilia,
Nice to have a garden that has both archeological and ornithological treasures like this male Blue Bird.
Great sharp capture with fine blurred green contrasting BG and set in a pleasing composition.
Nice to see you're back in action and don't do yourself an injury digging for all those old bottles!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-08 13:38]

Hi Cecilia
Beautiful Image.It is very sharp and the colors are also very nice.I like the detail from the plumage and also the DOF.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-08 14:05]

Hello Cecilia,
What a beautiful colours in this photo. The bird contrasts very well with the blurred BG.
Very sharp, good POV and excellent DOF and composition.
TFS, Peter

bonjour cecilia
un superbe oiseau,tres coloré net et detaillé.
le point de vue est excellent.

hi cecilia!
A very beautiful bird!
great sharpness with fine
exposure and good composition!
well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-09 4:38]

Superbe photo,l'oiseau est très joli et les couleurs sont justes et réelles. Bravo pour le Bg qui le fait bien ressortir et la parfaite pose sur cette petite branche.

Hi Cecila,

Glad to hear that you found treasures in your backyard and can understand why you are digging instead of photographing :)

Glad to see that you have another treasure in your backyard .. the bluebird is such a wonderful treasure. I have a nesting pair as well.

Great shot .. like the pose with the little beetle in the mouth. Good DOF too.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-11 22:12]

Hi Cecilia.
I have read your note with great interest. I think now you have more time for shooting and TN. Your picture is excellent. Expressive pose of the bird, great sharpness, colour and detail reproduction, amazing colourful BG and excellent composition. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-15 11:41]

Hola Cecilia.
preciosa captura,
magníficos tonos y bello pov,
colores excelentes y perfecta compo...

Ottimo questo primo piano, Cecilia!
Stupendi colori e bei particolari, complimenti!
Ciao e grazie.

Hi Cecilia,
Well know wonder you've been gone away for so long, hooking up with the Black Pearl" and going after treasure sounds like quite an adventure. Anyway a very nice picture of this beautiful male bluebird, the colors are ggorgeous. :)

Hi Cecila,
Excellent capture, I like most the color, exposure, and green BG. Great detail, exposure and POV.
Really enjoyed hearing of your find. I can see myself doing exactly the same thing..except that I'd have flood lights, and go at it 24/7 ;}

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-02 5:20]

Hello Cecilia, you're very lucky :-) it's one of the birds I'd like to see and photograph ! Your shot is splendid, sharp, well composed with a great exposure and a very good pose of the bird. Background is just perfect too. Thanks !


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