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Spotted Pardalote

Spotted Pardalote
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2, Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 0:42
Viewed: 3925
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is one of the smallest birds in Australia at only 8 cm (3.5in) in length. They are usually found foraging in the upper and middle canopy of eucaltypt forests and woodlands, which can make observation annoyingly difficult.

In late winter however, they descend to lower strata and unbelievably build their nest at the end of a tunnel excavated from soft earth, often in a stream bank or road/track cutting. The tunnel can be an amazing 90cm long, with an enlarged nest chamber at the end; the entrance to the tunnel is only 2.5 cm (1 in) diameter. Nesting is shared by both sexes, the returns to a perch near the entrance, checks for danger, then flies straight into the hole, an amazing spectacle that never ceases to amaze people when I show it to them.

The Spotted Pardalote is distributed through eastern and south-western Australia and is generally common.

This is a female; Iíll post a shot of the male tomorrow.

horias, nasokoun, PeterZ, zulfu, jcoowanitwong, meyerd, Dis. Ac., ferranjlloret, horia, marhowie, Noisette, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-18 0:50]

Wonderful little bird!
Great sharp details, lovely colors!

hello Chris
very beautiful composition and exceptional shot,winderful phto output!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-18 1:18]

Hello Chris,
Superb photo of this beauty. Excellent sharp details, Beautiful clear colours against the dark BG. Great POV, pose and composition. Very curious about the male.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-18 2:12]

Hello Chris, very beautiful shot of this cute bird with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2009-10-18 2:44]

I know how difficult to get a shot like this. Very nice one Chris, TFS.

Nice immage and great position of this bird in yours picture.Congratulation.Alin.

็Hi Chris,
This is a beauty. You caught the action at the perfect moment. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-18 9:22]

Hello Chris,
A superb capture of this little Pardalote. The lighting is superb to give you the colours, sharpness and great contrasting neutral Bg. The pose is excellent and the image well composed. This must be a new one on TN, if so congrats!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Chris,
another bird that looks spectacular and is completely unknown to me. Good they have those excellent and patient photographers in Australia like you, Chris! The beak looks heavy-duty , it may be an adaptation to that burrowing behavior you described. Anyway, the note enhances the picture in many ways.
My best regards from Switzerland and the first snow

great composition, great bird portrait, TFS Ori

Hello Chris,

a very nice presentation from this beautiful bird.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-18 12:53]

Very good shot, Chris!
Excellent detail in the feathers.
Superb colours.
The BG is great too.

Well done,


Hi Chris,
Excellent capture of the Spotted Pardalote in your habitat, good BG.
TFS. Best regards. Ferran

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-10-19 0:30]

Hi Chris

I believe this is the first time ever i've seen a Spotted Pardalote and i must say i find it very cute :)
Looks like a very charming little bird, full of colors and with a lovely pattern on its head and wings...very attractive for photography :)
The pose in which you captured it is also terrific and the way you composed around that is very very nice.
I really like the exposure and blurry BG, all completing this wonderful post from you.


Hi Chris
A very colorful capture with great perpective...Excellent BG and composition...TFS

Very good detail/DOF Chris, great pose.
Handsome little bird, interesting colors/patterns & catchlight too..
Well done & have a good week mf.

Ciao Chris, lovely bird in nice unusual pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, fantastic blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Chris
great capture of this superb bird, i likhis pose, his colors, his shiny eye and the dots on the top of his head
this Spotted Pardalote stand out very nicely against the beautiful BG
Have a good night

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-21 7:54]

Hello Chris,
What a stunning little beauty this is and I love its pose here! Excellent details and colours and a nice soft background that makes it really stand out.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Chris. An intrigant dinamyc/sinouse pose with a fantastic light to exalt the brilliant colours. Excellent contrats against blurred BG.


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