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Blue dacnis in the rain

Blue dacnis in the rain
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-09 7:31
Viewed: 3189
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unfortunately it didn't stop raining that day...

The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is found from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina. It is widespread and often common, especially in parts of its South American range.

It occurs in forests and other woodlands, including gardens and parks. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is of two to three grey-blotched whitish eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.[1]

The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. Despite its alternative name, it is not a honeycreeper, which are longer-billed. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black around the eyes, and on the throat and back. The wings and tail are black, edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.

These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnisís call is a thin tsip.

The Purplish Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes purpurascens), a bird from Venezuela known only from the type specimen, is considered to be an intergeneric hybrid between the Green Honeycreeper and either the Red-legged Honeycreeper or the Blue Dacnis.

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hi Zeno,
such a lovely bird. the photograph even gives the feel of the weather too :)
the upper part of the bird is slightly out of focus, but the body has come to be sharp. very soothing BG, excellent DoF. thanks for sharing this beauty. blue is my favourite colour in birds :)

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-09 11:43]

Hello Zeno,
Excellent photo of this Blue Dacnis, beautiful Bird species!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-09 11:51]

Hallo Zeno,
Het effect van de regen op de Blauwe Pitpit is juist erg mooi, vind ik. Ook het weinige licht is blijkbaar geen probleem in deze foto. Uitstekende scherpte tegen een prachtige vage achtergrond.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-09 12:20]

Hello Zeno.
The plumage is lovely both in colours and pattern.Good sharpness with fine details and the composition are also very nice.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-09 15:52]

Hi Zeno,magnificent capture of this blue beauty,and magnificent quality on this terrible light,a very professional work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-08-10 2:46]

Hi Zeno,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird in superb colours.
Regards Jiri.

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